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 Surgical Technology

Dane Matthews
Program Director

Surgical / Sterile Processing Technology

Health Science Open House at Malcolm X College ​     


To Apply to Program: 

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • Submit official college transcripts.  
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply to Program: Please fill out this F​orm 

To Learn More About Program and Admissions:



Surgical Technologists perform many different responsibilities in the operating room. They act as the scrub person, as the circulator, and as the first assistant on the surgical team. Surgical Technologists’ responsibilities involve preparing the operating room and instruments, equipment, and supplies that will be needed; positioning and preparing the patient for surgery; and passing instruments, sponges, and sutures to the surgeon. Surgical Technologists are the surgical team’s experts in aseptic technique, being constantly vigilant for any break in the technique that could endanger the sterile field. Surgical Technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession and are highly skilled, having completed the necessary specialized education and training focused on working in the operating room. The preferred entry-level education for the Surgical Technologist is an Associate Degree.               


Malcolm X College is dedicated to providing Surgical Technology students the knowledge and skills required to provide quality patient care in an ever-changing healthcare environment. We are committed to graduating Surgical Technologist that exhibit the characteristics of moral integrity, honesty, surgical conscience, and a commitment to upholding the highest principles of aseptic technique.               


The Surgical Technology Program prepares students to become certified surgical technologists. Certification is granted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) upon successful completion of the national board examination              



The Surgical Technology Program at Malcolm X College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.           

You can also find the program status at               


6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655                                                                                    


Institutional Program accreditation status can be found at:                       

Malcolm X College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.                                     

230 South LaSalle, Suite 7-500                                    

Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: 1-800-621-7440
Fax: 312-263-7462                                                                                      

For questions regarding program status, please send an e-mail to                                     


Admission Requirements   

Please contact Director Matthews at and/or consult this Interest Form​ for Admissions Requirements for the Fall 2021 semester 

All college transcripts from colleges/universities attended outside City Colleges of Chicago are required to be sent to Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services or from the specific college/university. We do not have access to transcripts submitted to other City Colleges of Chicago. 


As defined by Illinois State Law (225ILCS46/25): All healthcare workers and student health care workers are required to undergo a criminal background check in order to work in a clinical setting. A student with a positive background check containing disqualifying conditions will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of this program, thus preventing the student from obtaining mandated certification and/or licensure in Surgical Technology. Please contact the Program Director prior to submitting an application to discuss disqualifiers. The applicant is responsible for the cost of the background check. Health Career students with direct patient contact must be drug-tested prior to clinical site assignment. The student is responsible for the cost of the drug screen. Clinical locations are assigned based on student performance and can be a distance of up 50 miles from the college. Clinical Hours are Monday through Friday and can include any of three shifts at a designated clinical site. The student must be willing to take any location and any shift the program faculty deem appropriate for their success. The student cannot be substituted for a paid employee once at a clinical site and will not be compensated for their duties performed there. The student will be responsible during the program to provide additional clinical placement background check, clinical placement drug screen and the Association of Surgical Technologists Gold Package. This package includes the student’s membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists, the National Board exam fee and the review materials for the National Board exam.                                   


Submitting Application  

Please fill out this Interest Form to apply for the Fall 2021 semester.                             
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Faculty & Staff

Name​ Email                 Phone Room
Dane Matthews​ (312) 850-7351 2103 A
​​Delila Rodriguez ​​ ​(312) 850-7352 ​2103-027
​Nichole McClelland ​ ​(312) 850-7358 ​2103-024

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1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2103-A
Chicago , IL 60612
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