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School of Surgical Technology

About the School

The Maine Medical Center (MMC) 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 Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification pass rate for MMC graduates has consistently exceeded the national benchmark.

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 MMC, enabling the student to gain practical experience in the operating room. Second semester students participate in clinical rotations at several ambulatory surgery sites to maximize their clinical experience. Graduates are prepared and eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

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. This 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.






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