Associate of Applied Science • 61 Credit Hours
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of practitioners providing surgical care to patients in health care facilities.
The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate safe and effective conduct of invasive and minimally invasive surgical procedures. The surgical technologist ensures that the operating room environment is safe, that surgical supplies and equipment are functioning properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety and outcomes.
Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and the implementation of tools and technology to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. This will ensure optimal conditions for patient health and recovery.
The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
2021 Median Pay
$48,530 per year
Number of Jobs
128,700 in 2021
As fast as average
For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 9,600 openings for surgical assistants and technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.