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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.

The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology was established in 1969 and has graduated more than 1,110+ 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 Annual Report to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA): During the most recent examination review cycle, 100% of MMC graduates enrolled in the School of Surgical Technology achieved the status of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

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.

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 September, 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

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 Admissions requirements..

maine quality centers logoTuition

Our tuition is $3800.00 plus fees for textbooks and supplies. To learn more about our tuition and fees please refer to our schedule of fees. In 2022, FREE TUITION & TEXTBOOKS for all students accepted into the Program thanks in part to grant funding with the Maine Quality Centers.

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:

  • GI Bill® 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
  • ACCUPLACER entrance exams with results that meet or exceed the required scores for READING, WRITING and MATH.
  • 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.

ACCUPLACER Next Generation College Placement Testing

MMC’s School of Surgical Technology requires all applicants to take the Accuplacer NG entrance exam as part of the admission process. ACCUPLACER is a series of tests that evaluate skills in reading, writing, and math to help college/program administrators place students in learning opportunities that will aid in their success. This entrance exam is designed to give us a sense of your strengths and weaknesses, and we look for results that meet or exceed the required scores for READING, WRITING and MATH in order to move forward in the application process. The exam is a computer-based, timed test taking approximately 2 hours to complete. The exam is administered at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). Testing is offered on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year.

To register for the entrance exam please contact the Program Manager at 207-741-5589 or

Test taking guidance and sample questions:

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to complete your application for admission:

Mail Applications To:

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