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Surgical Technology Program

The Surgical Technology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is designed to prepare you for career opportunities in the field and includes a general education component that complements your comprehensive skill-based clinical training. The application, information session and prerequisites are the important first steps in your education process.

Application Process

The application period for the 2018-2019 Surgical Technology class is now closed. Please check back for future application dates.


New for 2018-2019, all applicants must complete the following college level pre-requisites to be eligible for admission:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I (taken within the last five years)
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. CPR

The 2018-2019 admissions process will begin in February 2018. If you have pre-requisite or program related questions please e-mail

Surgical Technology Program at DHMC

Surgical Technology Program mission statement

The mission of the Surgical Technology program at DHMC is to provide didactic and clinical instruction that will allow you to perform as a competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists, and to fill the need for Surgical Technologists in local and regional communities.

Program goals and objectives

Upon completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Integrate the surgical technology knowledge base in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains; demonstrate skills following established criteria, protocols and objectives in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
  • Function safely, effectively and efficiently and exhibit ethical behavior in a surgical technologist role.
  • Apply basic scientific principles related to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology for safe transfer, positioning, prepping and draping of surgical patients.
  • Describe actions and uses of anesthetic and pharmacological agents in the care of surgical patients.
  • Apply knowledge of interpersonal skills and communications relative to procedures and protocols from a surgical technologist’s perspective when working with patients, patients’ significant others, colleagues and other members of a healthcare team, as well as other members of the community.
  • Apply principles of asepsis in an operating room setting.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use and care of basic and specialty instruments and supplies.
  • Describe the essential working aspects of a successful Surgical Technologist.
  • Recognize the importance of confidentiality when dealing with surgical patients.
  • Develop a familiarity with commonly used surgical instruments and define instruments used for various procedures.
  • Analyze and adapt to the ever-changing operating room environment.
  • Analyze the departure from classroom theory to on-the-job training in the operating room.
  • Perform practical proficiency in the surgical arena with an understanding of the basic procedures involved with surgical operations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform in a healthcare environment meeting OSHA specifications;
  • Articulate effective communication and decision-making skills for successful performance in the surgical environment.
  • Respond with the knowledge of personal and medical ethics into the surgical arena.
  • Apply, establish and maintain high standards of aseptic technique.
  • Apply Surgical Technology functions within the healthcare arena by providing clinical and  administrative skills in a surgical setting.
  • Compose and coordinate a successful job search.