Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Certificate Program

The Surgical Technology Certificate Program is designed to give individuals the knowledge and skills required to function within an operating room environment. Students receive surgical technology training during classroom lectures, practice in a mock surgical lab and get clinical experience in various hospitals’ operating rooms.

Surgical technologists are an important part of a surgical team working closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists help supply the operating room with the instruments, equipment and supplies that will be needed during a surgical procedure.

The Surgical Technology program at Long Island University Brooklyn is Accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (CAAHEP). All graduates enrolled in an accredited program are eligible to participate in the CST national board exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Please contact the program for more information at (718) 488-1361 or email

Enrollment for the spring 2024 Surgical Technology class has closed. 

Coming fall 2024, the Surgical Technology program will be offered as an associate degree. Please check our website for upcoming information and online applications.


The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (


The following courses are required for successful completion of the certificate program.

SURG 095 Introduction to Surgical Technology

This course provides an introduction to Long Island University's Surgical Technology Certificate Program. Students meet with instructors. Policies, procedures and educational objectives are discussed. Goals and outcomes are reviewed and career opportunities are presented. (3 hours) Tuition: $70

SURG 150 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology I

This course concentrates on word structure with focus on the vocabulary for surgical procedures. The prefixes, word roots, suffixes, and their combining forms will be studied. Students will receive an introduction to the study of the human body and its function. Coursework includes lessons on the organization of cells, tissues and organs of the body. The course includes an individual study of body systems. (80 hours) Tuition: $1,395
Prerequisite: SURG 095.

SURG 155 Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a continuation of Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology I, where each body system is viewed independently. Systemic body systems are covered in great detail to further the students’ knowledge of the body and how it works. (60 hours) Tuition: $880
Prerequisite: SURG 150.

SURG 160 Pathophysiology

An introduction to the study of diseases and their causes, tumors, fluid and hemodynamic disorders, inflammation and infection, surgically treatable diseases and disorders. (45 hours) Tuition: $675
Prerequisite: SURG 155.

SURG 210 Microbiology

It is crucial for students of surgical technology to understand the basic concepts of microbiology because outcomes of surgical procedures and overall patient safety are directly affected by this knowledge. An introduction to microbiology and microorganisms is presented, accompanied by studies of bacteriology, pathogens of body fluids and systems, virology, parasitology, mycology and wound healing. (60 hours) Tuition: $880
Prerequisite: SURG 155.

SURG 220 Pharmacology

Students learn about surgical pharmacology, including lessons in mathematical calculations, drug regulation and drug administration. Antibiotics, diuretics, hormones, ophthalmic agents and anticoagulants are explained in detail relating their applications in surgery. Preoperative, intra-operative and postoperative anesthetic medications are studied along with blood and fluid replacement and anesthesia complications. (55 hours) Tuition: $835
Prerequisite: SURG 210.

SURG 180 Patient Care Concepts

Perioperative care includes preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods of the patient's surgical experience. This course reinforces the principles and practices for the delivery of premium patient care, by applying concepts of teamwork, skills, knowledge and effective and respectful communication among team members. (45 hours) Tuition: $675
Prerequisite: SURG 160.

SURG 181 Surgical Technology I

This course will use lecture and laboratory components to teach students the basic skill requirements needed to function in an operating room. Laboratory sessions include introduction to various surgical instrumentation; basic surgical scrubbing; opening sterile supplies; and basic loading and unloading of sharp objects. (76 hours) Tuition: $990
Prerequisite: SURG 220.

SURG 182 Surgical Technology II

A continuation of the students’ surgical education, using classroom and practical lessons to help the student further their skill levels with more technological theory. Students are expected to accomplish the following practical skills: Surgical scrub, gowning self and others, setting up a sterile field and organizing supplies and instrumentation within the sterile field. Theory topics include general patient care and safety, equipment and supplies, wound healing, case management and diagnostic procedures. Laboratory sessions help familiarize the students with stapling devices, positioning the patient, transporting the patient, surgical counts and drawing medications. (80 hours) Tuition: $1,110
Prerequisite: SURG 181.

SURG 183 Surgical Technology III

Students gain additional required skills through the guidance of their instructors and hands-on learning. By integrating the knowledge from the textbook and abilities achieved through first-hand experience inside the lab, students develop confidence in their skill levels. The practical skills covered focus on the organizational aspects of the sterile field, including the back table, instruments, ring stand and Mayo stand. (80 hours) Tuition: $1,110
Prerequisite: SURG 182.

SURG 184 Surgical Technology IV

Through lecture and laboratory sessions, students learn the remaining skills and procedures required to participate in their clinical rotations. (72 hours) Tuition: $990
Prerequisite: SURG 183.

SURG 324 Technological Science

An introduction to the study of technological science including the study of electricity, information technology and robotics is taught. The course teaches electrical terms, basic principles of electrical flow, types of current and electrical safety. Robotics covers terms, robotic systems, and other technologies. Information technology includes computer hardware, applications, document processing, internet, and patient confidentiality. (20 hours) Tuition: $675
Prerequisite: Surg 422.

SURG 421 Clinical Preceptorship I

The clinical preceptorship provides the student with initial hands-on experience in an operating room, reinforcing concepts taught during the academic and laboratory portion of the program. Formal clinical evaluation is performed for each student. The clinical preceptors also assess the performance of the student in the operating room. A total of 120 scrubs are required to complete the clinical phase of the Surgical Technology program. This class will fulfill a minimum of 60 scrubs towards the requirement. (240 hours) Tuition: $1,765
Prerequisite: SURG 184.

SURG 422 Clinical Preceptorship II

Students acquire advanced hands-on experience in an operating room, reinforcing concepts taught during the academic, laboratory, and Clinical Preceptorship I portion of the program. Formal clinical evaluation is performed for each student. The clinical preceptors also assess the performance of the student in the operating room. A total of 120 scrubs are required to complete the clinical phase of the Surgical Technology program. This class will fulfill a minimum of 60 scrubs towards the requirement. (240 hours) Tuition: $1,765
Prerequisite: SURG 421.


Kimberly Awuku, MPA, BS, CST
Surgical Technology Program Director

Mohammed Farouk, M.S.Ed., B.S.

Lina Ostrovsky, CST

Sherry Swazey, RN, CST



Please call or email the office for application and enrollment instructions. See email below.


School of Health Professions