Surgical Technology


What do Surgical Technologists do?
A surgical technologist (CST) plays an integral role in the operating room (OR) and assists surgeons, physician assistants and medical residents, nurses and other medical staff in setting-up an OR, assisting during surgery, and breaking it down. Surgical technologists are also very involved in sterilization and antiseptic processes.
What type of employment is there in the field?
  • Ambulatory Unit/ Outpatient Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • OR Department
  • Labor & Delivery
  • ER Department
  • Union 1199
  • Hospital, Clinics, Organ Procurement, CST Instructor, CST Clinical Preceptor
  • Other
Do I qualify for an exam once I finish the program?
Students who complete the Surgical Technology Program qualify to take the NBSTSA: National Boards for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. This is a national exam that allows one to work in any state upon successful completion. Many states now require the NBSTSA for employment, including the state of New York.
Do I need an Associate degree in order to get employed as a Surgical Technologist?
No. While the accrediting bodies are leaning towards mandating this criteria to be met, the state of New York doesn't require Certified Surgical Technologists to obtain an Associate degree in order to work as a CST.
What do I need to have to be accepted into the program?
Applicants must go through the admissions process ( and submit their admissions documents. While there is no formal deadline to apply, CAHE does operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later. Individuals with a minimum of a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (TASC/GED), as eligible to apply. There are no pre-requisite college-level courses for the program. There is no application fee to apply.
What are the hours of the program?
The Surgical Technology Program currently operates on two separate schedule options. Classes are offered in the daytime, as well as in the evening. All clinical rotations take place at various hospitals and clinical sites throughout the NYC metropolitan area and are scheduled during the daytime hours. Clinical rotations generallybegin in the 11th week of the program. The Surgical Technology Program is 42 weeks in length.
Can I get clinical sites near my home?
Clinical rotations are designed to allow students to obtain hands-on experience so that they are prepared for real-life situations and expectations upon graduation. Clinical rotations take place throughout the NYC metropolitan area and are assigned at random. Each student will rotate through different specialties and complete various cases while in the program.
Is the program accredited?
The program is accredited by ABHES: Accrediting Bureau of Healthcare Education Schools. Upon successful completion of an accredited program, graduates qualify to take the NBSTSA (National Boards for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting).
Does CAHE offer a certificate or a degree program?
The Surgical Technology Program is an accredited certificate program. Upon successful completion of CAHE's Surgical Technology Program and the NBSTSA (National Boards for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting), graduates qualify for employment in their field.
Is transfer credit acceptable?
The program focuses specifically on the field of Surgical Technology and does not require students to take general education courses (as a traditional college would). Hence, no transfer credit is available in the program. Upon successful program completion, however, graduates are able to transfer CAHE credits to affiliated institutions towards an associates degree.
Are clinical rotations part of the program?
Yes. Clinical rotations are an integral part of the program and take place starting in WEEK 11.