School of Surgical Technology

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology prepares highly qualified and motivated students to be members of a modern surgical team. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) works closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse to deliver direct patient care before, during, and after surgery. Learn more about MMC's School of Surgical Technology Teaching Philosophy.

Surgical technologists work principally in the operating room, performing functions and tasks that provide a safe environment for surgical care. They contribute to the efficiency of the operating team and support operating surgeons, nurses, and others involved in operative procedures. Surgical technologists also work in other patient service settings calling for special knowledge about asepsis or about methods of making or keeping an environment antiseptic.

About the School

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology was established in 1969 and has graduated more than 1000 students. Maine Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and the School maintains full accreditation as awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

The School of Surgical Technology is a one-year, full-time, self-contained program divided into two six-month semesters. First semester classes are held in our classroom at Southern Maine Community College and include basic sciences, care and safety of the patient, and principles of operating room technique. The second semester is primarily held at Maine Medical Center, enabling the student to gain practical experience in the operating room. Second semester students also participate in clinical rotations at several ambulatory surgery sites to maximize their clinical experiences.

Graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification pass rate for MMC graduates has consistently exceeded the national benchmark. As reported in the 2017 Annual Report to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) in the 2015/2016 academic year, 95.2% of the MMC graduates enrolled in the School of Surgical Technology achieved the status of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) upon completion of the National Certification Exam.

One-Plus-One with Southern Maine Community College

In a cooperative effort with Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), a One-Plus-One program leading to an Associate Degree of Applied Science is offered to graduates of the School of Surgical Technology by the Department of Allied Health Science at SMCC. This optional program focuses on expanding careers through vertical mobility, refining practitioner levels and maximizing employment opportunities. After completion of year one of the MMC program and upon acceptance by SMCC, the candidate is awarded 45 credits toward advanced standing, which serve as the technical core. SMCC then requires a minimum of 22 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Regular course offerings or special offerings are available depending on student numbers and needs. Click here for more information on the One-Plus-One Program.


Course Information

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology is designed to prepare qualified individuals to become surgical technologists. It is a one-year program divided into two six-month semesters. This is a full time program of study. Part time, evening, and online classes are not available. Credits from other post-secondary institutions may not be transferred. There are no prerequisites. Classes begin in March and Septemeber, enrollment is 16 students per class. 

First Semester

The first semester classes are held in our classroom at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) where the basic sciences, care and safety of the patient and principles of operating room technique are taught and demonstrations are presented. Students are given the opportunity to practice techniques and procedures in a laboratory setting. The latter portion of this semester is spent introducing the student to the common basic surgical procedures. The first semester is designed to give the student a strong background in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are necessary for clinical practice. Click here to download our course catalog.

Days/Times: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00PM (with some variance) 
Location: Our classroom at SMCC

Second Semester

The student spends the second six months of the program in the operating room to develop practical experience. Each student spends three weeks in each of the surgical services. The students also have the opportunity to rotate through several specialty areas at MMC Center and nearby surgicenters.

Days/Times: Monday-Friday 6:45 AM - 2:30 PM (with some variance)
Location: Maine Medical Center & Ambulatory Surgery Sites

Apply

Applications are welcome until a complete class of qualified applicants is achieved. Applications from individuals received after closing may be considered on a space available basis or for the succeeding class. Sixteen (16) students maximum are selected for each class. This is a highly competitive program, so we recommend you mail in your application as soon as possible. Learn more about our admission cycle for both the March and September semesters.

Tuition

Our tuition is $3,750 plus fees for textbooks and supplies. To learn more about our tuition and fees please refer to our schedule of fees.

Financial Aid

The school does not participate in Federal Title IV Financial Aid Programs. Aid may be available for qualified candidates from one or more of the following sources:

  • Veterans Educational Benefits
  • U.S. Naval Reserve Program
  • U.S. Army Reserve Program
  • Women's Board Scholarship (2nd semester only)

Admission Checklist

  • Completed application form with $50.00 non-refundable fee
  • Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) with scores above the 50th percentile
  • Successful completion of high school diploma or equivalent (official transcripts required)
  • Submission of other official transcripts, i.e. college, vocational school, nursing assistant course
  • Two professional and three character references
  • Interview with a member of the admission committee once above criteria are met
  • If admitted, students must hold a current certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association. This certification must be valid prior to the start of classes for the duration of the program.

Psychological Services Bureau Examination (PSB)

MMC’s School of Surgical Technology requires all applicants to take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination as part of the admission requirements. This entrance exam is designed to give us a sense of your strengths and weaknesses, and we look for scores above the 50-percentile range in order to move forward in the application process. The exam is a computer-based, timed test consisting of five sections and taking approximately 2 ½ hours. The exam is administered by MMC at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). Testing is held once every other month. Sample questions, sample test and study options can be found here. For test taking tips, download fact sheet.

Registration for the PSB Exam Space is limited so registration is on a first-come, first-paid basis. Upon registration, you will receive details regarding testing day. The exams are held in January, March, May, July, September, and November. There is a non-refundable $50.00 fee required in advance. Register for the exam online or if you would prefer to register by phone, please call us at (207) 741-5589. Please notify your high school and college(s) to send your official transcripts directly to SMMC address below.

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to complete your application for admission:

  • Download and complete the Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology application. Please make sure to list two professional and three character references. You will also need to sign the applicant authorization forms.
  • Submit non-refundable application fee of $50.00. No cash will be accepted.
  • Make checks payable to: MMC School of Surgical Technology
  • To pay by credit card, complete the payment form with the application or call the School to pay by phone at (207) 741-5589. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Mail Applications To:

Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology
SMCC, 2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106