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Surgical Technology

Marietta McDuffy
Interim Program Director
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 towards 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.     

Admission Requirements   


PLEASE NOTE: Program admission requirements and program curriculum are currently under review for Fall 2019   


The current prerequisites courses [earn a grade of "C" or above for each] and documentation is required to apply for Fall 2018: 

  • ENGLISH 101 Composition  

  • BIOLOGY 121 Biology I   

  • BIOLOGY 226 Human Structure and Function I     

  • BIOLOGY 120 Terminology for Medical Careers [recommended] or 
    HEAPRO 102 Health Career Studies

  • Admissions cumulative 2.00 GPA    

  • 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. 

For eligible applicants; click the link below for the Surgical Technology application:    


 Applicants that complete the admissions process will be interviewed to determine acceptance into the program.   


Additional Program Requirements

As defined by Illinois State Law (225ILCS46/25):All health care 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.                    


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 Malcolm X College Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). The program was placed on probationary accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. The program will remain accredited during a review period lasting until reporting year 2018, at which time the accreditation status will be reviewed. Please visit the Programmatic Accreditors websites for further information.                    



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.                        




Faculty & Staff

Name Phone Email Office​
Marietta McDuffy (312) 850-7351 2103A
Stacey Bizzieri ​ (312) 850-7352​  

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(312) 850-7039
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2103B
Chicago, IL 60612
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