Surgical Technology

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Surgical Technologists are an integral part of the surgical team which includes the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the circulating nurse. The surgical technologist assists other surgical team members as needed.

The Surgical Technology Program accepts students during the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. It is not mandatory to complete all the general supporting courses before applying for clinical courses, but those who take the surgical technology preliminary courses in Spring and apply for acceptance to the Program in the summer should have completed most of their supporting courses. Students who complete the Program successfully will receive the Associate of Science in Surgical Technology (AS). 

Students will receive their diploma upon showing proof that they have taken the National Certification Exam. Students who are successful on the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology become a Certified Surgical Technologist, with the title of CST. Certified Surgical Technologists with further experience may pursue advanced training for non-physician surgical assistants, and upon completing eligibility requirements sit and take the National Surgical Assistants exam to become CST/CSA. Courses in the Surgical Technology curriculum are designed to meet the guidelines of the core curriculum for Surgical Technology established by the Association of Surgical Technology (AST).

Surgical Technologists are Allied Health professionals trained to work directly under the supervision of the surgeon. In the Operating Room (OR), surgical technologists primarily set up sterile supplies, scrub with the sterile team, pass instruments, and anticipate the surgeon’s needs. Although surgical technologists operate primarily in surgical settings, they also function in a variety of areas where aseptic/sterile techniques are of vital importance, as well as environments where expert knowledge of surgical and biomedical tools and equipment is essential. Areas of employment include, but are not limited to, surgery departments, central supply management, trauma centers, labor and delivery, teaching, as well as medical equipment sales. Many surgical technologists, with further training, progress to become surgical first assistants.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the University.
  • Completion of remedial courses if any.
  • Completion of Introduction to Surgical Technology with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Completion of Introduction to Surgical Practice of “C.”


Surgical Technology National Certification (CST) and Employment Outcomes

Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information.

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