Surgical Technology is a five phase program which prepares the student for the Surgical Technology profession. It introduces and trains students in the performance of operative procedures and the work of the surgical technologist. Classroom instruction and actual operating room exposure introduce the student to the working environment and role of this important member of the surgical team. Surgical technologists master knowledge and skills required when setting up the operating room and when working in surgical procedures. In addition, surgical technologists develop strong attention to detail as well as communication and teamwork skills.

The Kapi‘olani Community College’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to prepare students as members of the surgical team and to sit for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology via the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to students who successfully complete the program.

Surgical Technologists are employed at hospitals and surgery centers in the operating room. Wages range from $18.00 to $30.00 per hour and may increase based on experience. To learn more about the program, please attend one of the following information sessions on campus:

  • March 15, 2018
  • April 5, 2018


FALL 2018

Program begins on August 20, 2018



Download the Application here.

Complete applications are accepted between May 1st and June 1st. If either of these dates falls on a weekend, the application cycle will open the Monday following May 1st and will close the Monday following June 1st. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. A complete application should contain the following:

  1. Completed Surgical Technology Program Application Form
  2. Completed Qualification Grid
  3. Official Transcripts for evidence of course completion and grade *** See below.

Applicants must submit official transcripts showing credit-based courses in English, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and medical terminology completed with a grade of C or better. All except English must be completed within the last five years from the application deadline.

*** Academic Transcript Process:

  • For applicants who intend to fulfill one or more of the requirements with courses completed within the University of Hawai‘i (UH) System, you do not need to submit an official copy of your transcripts. Please attach a copy of your STAR academic transcripts to your application.
  • If you’ve completed any of the prerequisite courses outside of the UH System, you will need to submit an official copy of your transcripts. Additionally, please print and attach a copy of your transcripts to your application.
  • Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Health Education Non-Credit, Kauila 122, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or emailed by the issuing institution to Transcripts must be received by June 1st.
Program Acceptance

Applicants are selected on a best qualified, first accepted basis.  Upon notification of acceptance, students will receive information regarding the registration process, health requirements and mandatory campus and hospital orientation sessions prior to the start of the program in August. The Qualification Grid describes how pre-requisite courses are evaluated and how applicants are ranked and selected. Download the Qualification Grid here.

Registration Procedure

After submitting an application and receiving a notification of acceptance, students receive additional information regarding the registration process.

REFUNDS:  A 100% refund is given for cancellations made on or before 10 business days prior to the start of class.  A 50% refund is given for cancellations made within 5 to 9 business days prior to the start of class.  No refunds will be given without the 5-business day notice.

Curriculum and Tuition

The two-semester program is taught in five phases. Each phase consists of up to 175 hours of classroom instruction, lab and clinical practicum. The program runs from August to May. Tuition cost is $2000 for the first phase and $2100 for each consecutive phase. Additional expenses include a $100 non-refundable deposit to guarantee your spot in the program if offered admission as well as additional costs for books, uniforms, clinic site parking and exam fees. The tuition is paid phase by phase, Successful completion of each phase is required to progress to the next phase.

For more information, please see the Student Handbook: here.

Learning Outcomes

The Surgical Technology Program utilizes classroom, laboratory, and onsite experiences to prepare students as surgical technologists. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Function as a beginning surgical technologist, demonstrating teamwork and a good surgical conscience at all times.
  • Apply knowledge of the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications.
  • Identify developing emergency situations, initiate appropriate action, and assist in treatment of the patient.

The work of the surgical technologist includes long hours of standing, wearing full surgical garb, organizing and passing instruments and equipment or assisting the patient. The environment can be stressful and fast-paced. Surgical technologists must be attentive to detail and thorough in completing work tasks. The position requires an individual to possess the ability to deal with criticism as well as react calmly and effectively to high-stress situations. Teamwork is a high priority. Many agencies also require a criminal background check and urine drug screening.

Download the Technical Standards here.

Degree and Certifications

Upon completion of all 5 phases, students will earn a Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College. Prior to graduating, the student will complete the National Certification Exam given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). For additional information on the National Certification Exam, please see the NBSTSA website. With payment for this exam, students will receive a one-year membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). More information can be obtained via the AST website.

Program Outcomes

Surgical Technology Program

Outcomes Assessment Exam

Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Pass Rate:

  • Fall 2014 – Pass Rate 67%
  • Fall 2015 – Pass Rate 100%
  • Fall 2016 – Pass Rate 100%

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350 Fax: 727.210.2354

For general questions, please contact: