Program description

Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program at GateWay Community College may complete surgical rotations in general surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, during the final phase of their education.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences coordinates this training experience in conjunction with GateWay. The length of the rotation is flexible and depends on GateWay program guidelines and requirements.


The Surgical Technology program at GateWay Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institution

To complete a rotation with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you must be enrolled in the Surgical Technology program at GateWay Community College in Phoenix.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of your Surgical Technology Clinical Rotation at Mayo Clinic, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. After completing the Surgical Technology program requirements, you will receive a certificate or degree from GateWay Community College, depending on the program in which you are enrolled.

You may obtain voluntary professional certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting by graduating from the GateWay Community College Surgical Technology program and passing a national certification examination. You then may use the designation Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Continuing education or re-examination is required to maintain certification, which must be renewed every six years.

Certification may also be obtained from the National Center for Competency Testing. To qualify to take the exam, candidates follow one of three paths:

  • Complete an accredited training program
  • Undergo a two-year, on-the-job training program
  • Acquire seven years of experience working in the field

After passing the exam, you may use the designation National Certified Technician O.R. This certification may be renewed every five years through either continuing education or re-examination. Most employers prefer to hire certified technologists.


For the majority of the rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, two to five days a week.

Class size

Each semester, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts one to three students from GateWay for the Surgical Technology Clinical Rotation at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. This ensures you receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

April 19, 2016