Curriculum & Program Overview

Clinical & Graduation Requirements:

Clinical student must complete a minimum of 120 cases in the first scrub role to graduate.

The student must complete a minimum of 30 cases in General Surgery:

20 must be performed in the first scrub role. The other 10 can be performed in either the first or second role.

The student must complete a minimum of 90 cases in various surgical specialties, excluding General surgery.  60 of these cases must be in the first scrub role and distributed among a minimum four surgical specialties.

The goal of the surgical rotation is to contribute to the development of an organized, well-rounded, entry –level surgical technologist. To apply the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains from the classroom to the clinical setting.

Surgical Specialty Total # of Cases Required Minimum # of First Scrub Cases Required Maximum # of Second Scrub Cases That can be Applied Towards 120 Cases Required
General Surgery 30 20 10
Surgical Specialties 90 60 30
Totals 120 80 40

Clinical Rotations:

Surgical rotation is a requirement for graduation from Kona Community Hospital Surgical Technology Program. The first part of the program is skills development in classroom and lab. After passing classroom/laboratory practical exam each student will be placed in a clinical rotation. This will involve pulling surgical cases, scrubbing, and gowning, gloving, setting up the operating room, sterile environment and scrubbing into surgical cases. The clinical student will be involved in surgical cases with the assistance of a preceptor. All students will be involved in patient care; preoperatively, intraoperatively, postoperatively.

Students will be rotating through several clinical sites. Other sites may be added in the future.

Academic Calendar: See Updated Attachment for 2024-2025 Calendar

Date Event
March 1, 2023

June 1, 2023

Registration Begins

Application Form

*** Attendance to one of the two Informational Sessions on the Surgical Technology Program held on Monday, May 3, 2023 @ 8 am  and Wednesday, May 4, 2023@ 4 pm


81-980 Halekii St (Kealakekua Plaza) Education Department

Kealakekua , HI 96750


Interested student dates for 2023-2024:

Program Information Sessions:

In – person information session  by appointment only


June 1, 2023 Final deadline to summit Fall admission application. Post marked not later than June 1 , 2023
June 19 2023 and June 20, 2023 Interview applicants on June 19, 2023 and June 20, 2023. 8 am – 12:30pm

** Date and time will be determined and applicant will be notified

July 15, 2023 Tuition Payment deadline July 15,  2023

*** Tuition not paid by deadline will result in losing your spot in the program. The next person on the list will get the opportunity.

*** Tuition is paid to the billing department at Kona Community Hospital.

August 1, 2023 First day for class

Classroom and lab

Phase I

August 7, 2023 Last day to withdraw from the program
November 1, 2023 Classroom and lab

Phase II

2023-2024 Holidays Days off for national Holidays:

Hawaiian holidays 2023-2024

Hawaii Admission Day    Aug 18, 2023

Labor Day      Sept 4, 2023

Veterans Day      Nov 10, 2023

Christmas      Dec 25, 2023

New Year’s Day      Jan 2, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day     Jan 15, 2024

Washington’s Birthday       Feb 19, 2024

Prince Kuhio Day         Mar 26, 2024

Good Friday        March 29, 2024

Memorial Day        May 27, 2024

February 1, 2024 First clinical rotation begins

Phase III

April 3, 2024 Second clinical rotation begins

Phase IV

May 31, 2024 National certification exam given to the class
May 31, 2024 Last day of school
June 1, 2024 Graduation ceremony
June 3, 2024 Final grades