Average Annual Surgical Technologist Salary in Hawaiʻi


  4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

  Surgical Technology


  (808) 734-9000

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  Martin Chong

  (808) 734-9540


Tuition & Fees : $10,400
Trade Category : Healthcare
Program Type : Trade Program
Location : Hawai'i / O'ahu / Honolulu
Purpose of Program : Leads to Employment
Program Length : 2 semesters

*Covid-19 Updates*

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The Surgical Technology program offered at Kapiʻolani Community College is a 2-semester long program and leads to employment as a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists assist in setting up the operating room and help surgeons in other surgical procedures. By completing the surgical technology program, you will earn a Certificate of Competence (CO).

Certificate of Competence (CO)

The surgical technology is a 2-semester program that is taught in 5 phases. Each phase consists up to 175 hours of classroom instruction, lab, and clinical practicum. The entire program runs from August to May. Upon completion, you will be eligible to sit for the national exam.

Admissions Process

Applications to the surgical technology program are only accepted from May 1 to June 1. Early and late applications will not be accepted.

You will submit your application by sending one email with ALL attachments to Martin Chong at martincs@hawaii.edu and Juliet Owens at julietao@hawaii.edu.

The email needs to include:

  1. Completed Surgical Technology Application Form
  2. Completed Qualification Grid
  3. This is a checklist of courses that you may have already taken. The prerequisite courses that are considered for admission are:

    • Microbiology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • English
    • Medical Terminology

  4. Completed MyPlan Essay
  5. Scanned Transcripts

Photos of documents will not be accepted.


Graduates of the surgical technology program are eligible to sit for the National Certification exam for Surgical Technology given by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Upon passing the exam, you will be able to be a surgical technologist in the state of Hawaiʻi.


The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Kapi‘olani Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) which is a regional accrediting commission. The ACCJC is accredited by both the USDE and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


The surgical technology program is taught in 5 phases. The first phase is $2,000 and each of the other 4 phases are $2,100. There are additional costs and fees that are NOT included in this total.

Tuition Only (NOT including additional fees): $10,400

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is not available for the Surgical Technology program. The program is not approved for Title IV funding and does not qualify for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Information about scholarships and grants can be found here. Some scholarships and grants are included in a financial aid award, and you will likely be ineligible for those. But you are able to apply for other scholarship opportunities including outside scholarships that are not affiliated with KCC.

Veteran Education & Training Benefits

Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is a GI Bill® approved school and has 447 GI Bill® students. KCC takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Principles of Excellence Program. KCC is an approved education institution under the Veterans Education Assistance Act (GI Bill®), the Veterans Readjustment Act, and the Dependent’s Educational Act.

For more information, visit KCC's Veteran & Military Resource page or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits page.

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