Program description

Surgical Technology

Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program at Rochester Community and Technical College complete six months of surgical rotations in general and specialty areas at Mayo Clinic during the final year of their education.


Programs affiliated with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences 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.

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

Affiliated institution

To participate in the surgical technology affiliated training rotations, you must be enrolled in a surgical technology program at a Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences academic affiliate institution. For more information or to enroll in a surgical technology program, please contact:

  • Surgical Technology Program
    • Rochester Community and Technical College
    • 851 30th Ave. SE
      Rochester, MN 55904
    • Phone: 800-247-1296 (toll-free) or 507-285-7210


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester has one of the largest surgical suites in the nation with more than 120 operating rooms. Each year, Mayo Clinic surgeons perform nearly 50,000 surgical procedures — about 200 a day — at the hospital's two campuses.

The vast number and type of surgeries, in combination with a highly educated faculty, make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for students in surgical training programs.

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 Surgical 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 C.S.T.

Continuing education or re-examination is required to maintain certification, which must be renewed every four years.


Rotations take place on weekdays, with specific hours determined by the affiliated institution.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic provides surgical training experiences for up to 25 students from the Surgical Technology Program at Rochester Community and Technical College. Your surgical training rotation provides a comprehensive educational experience with extensive one-on-one instruction.

Jan. 22, 2015