Surgical Technology (Minnesota)
Students enrolled in Surgical Technology programs at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) and Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) complete six months of surgical rotations in general and specialty areas at Mayo Clinic during the final year of their education.
The length of the rotation is flexible and depends upon the program's guidelines and requirements.
MSHS affiliated programs are accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Association of Surgical Technologists and sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the American Hospital Association.
Mayo Foundation is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.
- Higher Learning Commission
- 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
- Phone: 312-263-0456
- Phone (toll free): 800-621-7440
- Fax: (312) 263-7462
To participate in the surgical technology affiliated training rotations, you must be enrolled in a Surgical Technology Program at a Mayo School of Health Sciences academic affiliate institution. For more information or to enroll in a Surgical Technology Program, please contact one of these affiliated education partners.
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has one of the largest surgical suites in the nation with more than 122 operating and procedural rooms. Each year, Mayo surgeons perform over 50,000 surgical procedures at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester Methodist Hospital, Gonda 15 and Gonda 2. More than 200 surgeries are performed daily at these four facilities on our campus.
The vast number and type of surgeries, in combination with a highly educated faculty, make Mayo an ideal educational setting for students in surgical training programs.
The Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota comprises an extensive outpatient complex, two hospitals, and research and education facilities. It is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.
Graduation and certification
Upon successful completion of your Surgical Technology Program , you will graduate from your college, receiving your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
You will obtain voluntary professional certification from the National Board of Surgery Technology and Surgical Assisting by graduating from a CAAHEP-accredited program and passing a national certification examination. You then may use the designation Certified Surgical Technologist, or CST.
Continuing education or re-examination is required to maintain certification, which must be renewed every four years.
For the majority of the rotation, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week.
Each year, Mayo Clinic provides surgical training experiences for up to 40 students from the RCTC and NCTC Surgical Technology programs. Your surgical training rotation will provide a comprehensive educational experience with extensive one-on-one instruction.