Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology program combines didactic instruction, hands-on training in the lab and clinical work to prepare students to work in the operating room as entry-level surgical technicians.
Program length – 16 months
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Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program includes an externship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation, providing real-world work experience.
Surgical technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Their duties include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery and preparing surgical equipment. During surgery they may pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help manage surgical instruments and supplies.
Demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow by 14% with 24,600 new job openings through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16