Become A Key Operating Room Team Member

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.

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). Our curriculum prepares you to take the CST National certification exam to add to your professional credentials, and as a Rasmussen College student, you can take this exam at no additional cost.



Skills to Succeed as an Operating Room Team Member

Taught in fully-equipped and industry-standard surgical suites, our Surgical Technologist Associate's degree curriculum includes:

  • Common operating room procedures
  • Tactics used to handle high-pressure situations
  • Technology used in the operating room

Throughout your degree, our industry-experienced instructors work one-on-one with you to develop your professional and patient interaction skills, giving you a thorough understanding of successful and compassionate patient care, both inside and outside the operating room.

As an Associate's degree graduate, you can choose to enter the workforce, or you can continue your education by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree program.

To learn more about our Surgical Technologist Associate's degree, complete the contact request form on the right, or call us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer your questions.

Program Highlights
  • Complete a surgical technologist practicum in a real-world healthcare environment
  • Work with career advisors to find the healthcare job you want
  • Continue your education by transferring your credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree

Surgical Technology Degree Courses

Your surgical technology instruction will provide you with basic concepts of surgical procedures, anatomy and physiology, pathology, microbiology, and pharmacology to help you do your job efficiently.

  • Prepare an operating room for surgery
  • Understand surgical procedures to anticipate the surgeon's needs
  • Expertise in sterile and aseptic technique
  • Monitor conditions in operating room to assess the needs of patient and surgical team

Sample Course List

Fundamentals of Surgical Technology
This course will orient the student to surgical technology and prepare them for scrub and circulator duties as well as Surgical Procedures I, and Surgical Practicum I and II. Topics include standards of conduct, special populations, safety standards, equipment, biomedical science, asepsis and sterile technique, anesthesia, surgical supplies and instrumentation.
Surgical Procedures I
This course will orient the student to surgical technology and prepare them for scrub and circulator duties as well as Surgical Practicum I. Topics include standards of conduct, special populations, safety standards, biomedical medicine, asepsis and sterile technique, anesthesia, and instrumentation.
Surgical Pharmacology
Students in this course will demonstrate an understanding of pharmacology and anesthesia concepts and their applications related to the field of surgical technology. They will study anesthesia methods, agents, and techniques of administration. They will also be able to define terminology related to pharmacology, identify medications used on surgical patients, and describe safe practices of medication handling in the surgical environment.
Surgical Tech Practicum I
This course is designed to provide the student with a clinical experience that includes a solid introduction to the operating room, and to scrub and circulating routines. This course functions to expand and apply knowledge gained in the Surgical Procedures courses. One of the assumptions of this curriculum is that the student who has passed the Clinical Readiness portion of the program will be ready to apply knowledge by scrubbing and circulating in a supervised setting beginning Week 1 of this course.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Surgical Technologists$30,450$35,180$42,720

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Surgical Technologist graduates:

Associate's
$36,433

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 50% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Students who have graduated from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited surgical technology diploma or certificate program and hold the CST (NBSTSA) certification will receive a block transfer total of 62 credits. Students will receive a block of 4 natural sciences general education credits plus a block of 58 core credits. Students will need to complete 28 general education credits and E242 Career Development. The transfer limit is 67% if the Surgical Technologist AAS Completer Block is approved.
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Transfer of credit for Surgical Technologist core courses with a ST prefix have a two (2) year limit
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college-level exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer unrestricted general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P) from AHIMA. In addition, an X-ray operator license may also be considered
  • For students who have graduated from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited surgical technology diploma or certificate program and hold the CST (NBSTSA) certification
    • Student will receive a total block transfer of 60 credits. Students will receive a block of 4 natural sciences general education credits plus a block of 56 core credits. Students will need to complete 28 general education credits and E242 Career Development.