Nursing and Allied Health


Gemma Fournier CST, RN, MSN, FAST
Program Coordinator
Surgical Technology NCCC Classroom: CA-105
Gemma Fournier Office: C-246
Phone: 716-614-6417

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Option: Jointly Registered with Erie Community College


The Surgical Technologist (ST) is a highly respected, vital professional in contemporary health care. As a qualified surgical technologist, the NCCC Surgical Technology graduate will become credentialed as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and find employment in many aspects of healthcare. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the NCCC Surgical Technology program and graduates earn an AAS degree in Surgical Technology. The NCCC Surgical Technology program is four full-time semesters and combines classroom, on-campus laboratory experience and off-campus clinical experiences at hospitals in Niagara and Erie counties. NCCC offers the option of the jointly registered associate degree program with Erie County Community College (ECC) for the students living in Erie County.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Provide students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to function safely and efficiently in the clinical setting.
  • Perform as a competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Demonstrate and integrate the principles of asepsis into practice to protect the patient, self, and surgical team members in the perioperative stages.
  • Gain knowledge to successful be credentialed and employed as a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Expected Growth of Occupations

Data from the NYS Department of Labor predicts that New York will need approximately 15,560 new healthcare practitioners and healthcare technicians per year to meet the needs of the state's health care system.

Expected Growth of Occupations
*Data taken from NYS Occupational Handbook

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the ARC/STSA, 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, 1-303-694-9262,  the program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of May 20, 2016.

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Surgical Technology Catalog Information


The NCCC Surgical Technology Program graduates become credentialed as Certified Surgical Technologists and gain employment in various health care facilities in Niagara and Erie Counties. The New York State Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Law requires the surgical technologist to be credentialed as a CST in order to gain employment in the surgical field as of January 1, 2015.

The Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, Gemma Fournier has been employed for over 20 years with NCCC and has earned various awards at the College level and at the national level. She is involved with Surgical Technology at the state level with the New York Association Surgical Technologists (NY-AST) as secretary of the NY-AST Board and at the national level with the Association of Surgical Technologists as a member on the Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC).

The Surgical Technology Program clinical and laboratory instructors are all Certified Surgical Technologists and are current within the surgical field.