Take Your Career into the Operating Room

Earn Your Surgical Technologist Associate’s Degree

As a Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree student, you receive hands-on learning in fully equipped and industry-standard surgical suite laboratories in order to learn common procedures and technology used in the operating room as well as tactics for handling high-pressure situations. You also complete a surgical technologist practicum in a real-world healthcare environment.

Once you earn your Associate’s degree, you can also choose to continue your education by transferring your credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor’s degree.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree 21 Months

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Gain In-Field Surgical Technologist Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a healthcare career as a surgical technologist. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant lab and technology skills employers seek, including:

  • Operating Room Preparation

    Learn how to prepare an operating room for surgery and develop tactics used to handle high-pressure situations from experienced instructors.

  • Surgical Procedures

    Develop a thorough understanding of surgical procedures so you can anticipate the surgeon’s needs and monitor operating room conditions.

  • Sterilization Techniques

    Gain expertise in the aseptic techniques needed to keep the operating room sterile and promote patient safety.

  • Compassionate Patient Care

    Build your interpersonal skills to help you promote successful and compassionate patient care, both inside and outside the operating room.

Accredited and Designed with Industry Certification Preparation

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

As a surgical technologist degree student, you prepare to take the CST National certification exam to add to your professional credentials at no additional cost.*

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Health Sciences programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • University of Minnesota Physicians
  • Target Clinic
  • MN Oncology Clinic
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Allina Health
  • Fairview
  • ThedaCare
  • Diabetes Care Center
  • Lifetime Family Urgent Care
  • Red Cross
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Ocala Oncology

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Surgical Technologist Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $36,433

Program Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Health Sciences vary depending on the program.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Surgical Technologist?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), continuing your education can help you earn a higher salary and advance your career. Here is the average salary and projected job growth for surgical technologists:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Surgical Technologists$30,450$35,180$42,72030%

Earning a surgical technologist degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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