Surgical technicians, also referred to as surgical technologists, work in the operating room to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical nurses before, during, and after surgical procedures. Their role is to keep the surgical environment safe, sterile, and efficient. Surgical technologists are typically responsible for setting up and maintaining surgical equipment, supplies, and instruments for use by the surgical team. Technologists are also trained in anatomy, physiology, and surgical procedures, and they are often responsible for prepping patients for surgery and maintaining the sterile field during procedures.

Kentucky Surgical Technician Schools

Accredited surgical technology programs in Kentucky award graduates either a diploma or an associate degree. Degree programs, which are more common in the state, require general-education coursework in addition to the surgical technology training. Diploma programs typically eliminate some of the general-education requirements and are thus shorter in duration.

  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College: The program at Southcentral Kentucky, which is located in Bowling Green, offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. The program is designed to be completed in three terms, but applicants must complete pre-requisite courses before admission to the program.

  • Ashland Community and Technical College: The Ashland program offers an AAS degree and requires ten months of surgical technology classes in addition to nine months of pre-requisite coursework that must be completed before the start of the surgical tech program.

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College: This program culminates in an AAS degree and typically takes approximately 11 months to complete.

  • Hazard Community and Technical College: This AAS program includes two semesters of surgical technology coursework and approximately 30 hours of pre-requisite coursework biology, medical terminology, math, and general education.

  • Madisonville Community College: In addition to an AAS option, this program offers a Diploma track that requires 45-56 hours of coursework, as compared to the 60-68 hours of the AAS track.

  • Spencerian College: Spencerian's Louisville campus offers an AAS program in surgical technology that is fully accredited and includes a 480-hour clinical practice component.

  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College: This program is designed to be completed in six semesters, including three semesters of pre-requisite coursework and three semesters of surgical technology coursework and clinical training.

What to Expect from Kentucky Surgical Technician Schools

Surgical technology programs in Kentucky train participants in medical, surgical, and health care related subjects. These topics typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Patient care
  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology
  • Medical terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Anesthesia/pharmacology

Degree programs also typically include general education coursework. These courses may include:

  • English
  • Communications
  • Math and Computers

Kentucky Surgical Technician License & Certification

Surgical technologists need not be licensed by a state agency to practice in Kentucky, but professional certification is generally required for technologists to qualify for employment in the state. The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification is the industry-standard credential, and it is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). To qualify to sit for certification exams, candidates must have graduated from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Kentucky

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School Name
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Bowling Green
Saint Catharine

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kentucky. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Bowling Green 160 $35,820
Lexington 280 $39,650
Fayette 280 $39,650
Owensboro 70 $38,460


  1. Surgical Technology, Ashland Community and Technical College, http://www.ashland.kctcs.edu/en/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Surgical_Technology.aspx
  2. Surgical Technology, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/AHNS/Surgical_Technology/Pass_Rate.aspx
  3. Surgical Technology, Hazard Community and Technical College, http://www.hazard.kctcs.edu/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Surgical_Technology/Specific_Program_Information.aspx
  4. Surgical Technology, Madisonville Community College, http://www.madisonville.kctcs.edu/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Surgical_Technology/Licensure_and_Accreditation.aspx
  5. Surgical Technology, Spencerian College, https://spencerian.edu/louisville-campus/programs/surgical-technology/
  6. Surgical Technology, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, http://www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu/en/Academics/Academic_Divisions/ahps/Surgical_Technology
  7. Surgical Technology, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, http://www.bowlinggreen.kctcs.edu/en/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Surgical_Technology.aspx

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