ST 3000A

Surgical Technologist

Apprenticeship Program

NOTE: This program requires active employer participation, and is not available to all who seek it.

Work alongside and assist surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare team members throughout a surgical operation. This program has additional enrollment requirements. Please review these requirements and ensure eligibility prior to submitting information.

51  Weeks
Program Length
Avg. Starting Salary*
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Issuing Authority

This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: ID, IL, MA, NV, NY, ND, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, RI, AR.

Interested in Creating an Apprenticeship Program at Your Healthcare Organization?

As a registered apprenticeship intermediary with the Department of Labor, we handle the heavy lifting, certification training and apprenticeship paperwork.

Surgical Technologist Training Online

Healthcare Organization Costs

Employers can pay for the training, use tuition reimbursement funds, or utilize apprenticeship government funding to possibly cover both the training cost and wages.

Monthly Payment Options Starting At $302 Grants Available to Help With

Apprentice participants are promoted to full employees and regular pay rates when they complete their programs.

Training Costs $5,000 At Time of Student Enrollment

MedCerts handles all intermediary responsibilities, paperwork and administrative tasks so the organization doesn't have to.


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What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

The role of a Surgical Technologist is to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, prepare patients, and assist doctors during surgeries. They have the unique opportunity to interact with patients prior to (pre), during (intra), and after (post) surgical procedures. Before surgery, a techs assemble the necessary surgical equipment and ensures all devices are in working order. Techs prepare patients for surgery by positioning, draping, washing and disinfecting the incision site. During an operation, they will pass sterile instruments and supplies to surgeons. They maintain asepsis during surgery, anticipating the surgeon's needs while remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient. They might hold retractors or set up robotic surgical equipment. After surgery, techs often dress the incision site, transport patients to their recovery rooms, and restock the operating room with supplies and equipment.

Entry Level Jobs in the US
Surgical Technologists will see available jobs grow 6.3% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
ST 3000A
Surgical Technologist - Apprenticeship

Surgical Technologists, also called Operating Room Technicians, work alongside, and assist surgeons, nurses, and other members of the health care team throughout a surgical operation. This high-earning job is a great opportunity to enter the healthcare industry and work in a fast-paced, stimulating environment. But, this role is not for the faint of heart. Surgical Techs are exposed to intense sights, smells and sounds, and must remain calm in high-stress, life-or-death scenarios. Individuals interested in this program must be prepared to work in these non-traditional environments.

The MedCerts Surgical Technologist program provides students with immersive and virtual hands-on learning experiences. Surgical procedures are demonstrated using virtual tools or live-recorded video and are simulated – allowing the student to immerse him/herself into a virtual experience that is engaging, safe, and repeatable.

This program prepares students to become Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Professionals who earn the NCCT designation have the clinical skills and knowledge for maintaining asepsis during surgery, anticipating the surgeon’s needs, and remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient.

The Registered Apprenticeship program is comprised of MedCerts online training programs as well as 2000 hours of on-the-job training with a sponsoring employer. MedCerts Apprenticeship programs combine class training and “on-the-job training” to provide individuals the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned with an employer to quickly become a strong contributor in the workplace.

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  1. Maintain sterile operative fields
  2. Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipments
  3. Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
  4. Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis
  5. Sterilize medical equipment or instruments
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional
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Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. Program applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements:
  5. Associate’s degree, or higher
  6. Enrolled in college/university-level degree program related to medical field
  7. Hold current certification in Sterile Processing, or related field.
  8. Min. two (2) yrs related experience: Surgical technology experience not required, but must be w/in clinical/medical/healthcare environment. Direct patient care experience required.
  9. Employer Sponsorship: A Sponsorship Acknowledgement form signed by prospective employer agreeing to host graduate for post-program surgical cases (scrubs) as full-time/part-time employee, extern, or apprentice – required to attain TS-C certification.

MedCerts-Covered Materials*

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. eBook: Surgical Technology
  3. Competency assessments
  4. National Certification exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches

Clinical Requirements

  1. Case Documentation within 2 years of exam pass date, including minimum 125 surgical cases

*The cost of all materials needed for this program are covered by MedCerts. They are not included in the tuition costs and the student is not liable for any costs or fees related to the above materials.

Required Courses
PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
2 Weeks

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

    • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
    • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
    • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
    • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
    • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014A

Apprenticeship Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
15 Weeks

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an anatomy and physiology app that enables students to explore, visualize, interact, and experience the anatomy of the human body in 3D and augmented reality (AR). Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This immersive experience will trigger thought processes and enhance learning outcomes in their Anatomy and Physiology program. The app has about 50 simulations across different topics.

    • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
    • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
    • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
    • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
    • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 6016A

Apprenticeship Surgical Technology

160 hours
34 Weeks

Surgical Technology is a comprehensive course designed to prepare students to achieve the status of Tech in Surgery ­– Certified. Emphasis is placed on preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative duties and knowledge. This course includes topics related to infection control, use of personal protective equipment, sterile technique, decontamination and sterilization standards, and surgical instrumentation and equipment. It also addresses surgical pharmacology, aspects of medical law related to the healthcare setting, support of the operative patient, and safety in the operating room.

    • Learn the skills and knowledge for the competent, entry-level Surgical Technologist
    • Understand the instrumentation and equipment used in the operating room
    • Develop a strong surgical conscience, accountability, and understanding of actions
    • Instill appropriate ethical, professional, and respectful values while providing patient care
Code Course Duration
PS 1011 2 Weeks
HI 1014A 15 Weeks
HI 6016A 34 Weeks
Total Program Duration 51 Weeks

Surgical Technologist

Job Opportunities


Operating Room Tech

$33,000 – $58,000*
Estimated Salary

Surgical Technician

$33,000 – $58,000*
Estimated Salary


  1. This program requires active employer participation, and thus is not available to all who seek it.
  2. This program does not meet state licensing or regulatory requirements for Surgical Technicians in the following states: ID, IL, MA, NV, NY, SC, TN, TX, VA, and OR.