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Surgical Technologist Program

Associate's Degree

In this CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Tech program, you will learn to professionally carry out common operating room procedures and handle high-pressure situations as a valuable member of a surgical team. You’ll be trained in four focused skills areas of surgical technology: preparing operating rooms, assisting surgeons during surgery, sterilization techniques and compassionate patient care. In as few as 21 months, you can earn a Surgical Technologist Associate’s degree, which provides hands-on training in surgical suite labs to help prepare you for a fulfilling career.1

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  • Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Learn more about programmatic accreditation and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Surgical Tech Programs in Illinois, Minnesota and Florida

    The blended on-campus and online surgical technician program provides a solid understanding of the healthcare industry. The Surgical Tech program is offered at the following local campuses near you:

    • Central Pasco Campus – Odessa, Florida
    • Rockford Campus – Rockford, Illinois
    • Romeoville/Joliet Campus – Romeoville, Illinois
    • Hennepin/Anoka Campus – Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Surgical Tech Certification Exam Prep

    Upon graduation, students are prepared to take a national surgical tech certification exam to add to your professional credentials at no additional cost.2

  • Self-Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Associate's degree with self-directed assessments. These $149 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

Surgical Technologist Credentials Offered

Surgical Technologist

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

21 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

Intended for

For those with an interest in helping patients by working in a laboratory or operating room. Students looking for a successful career in surgical technology and advancement with well-rounded knowledge about the field.

Prepares you for

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6 Reasons Why Becoming a Surgical Tech Is Worth it

You’re ready for something better; something to launch your career and allow you to make a difference. Keep reading to learn some facts that may help you decide if a Surgical Tech program is perfect for you.

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Turn Your Surgical Technologist Education Into a Career

With our surgical tech school online and on campus, we’ve made advancing your surgical technologist career even easier by offering classes and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. Once you earn your Associate’s degree, you can also choose to continue your education by transferring your credits into our Health and Wellness Bachelor’s degree program. From your first day in your Surgical Tech classes, we're preparing you to successfully sit for exam certification. As a Surgical Tech program online and on-campus student, you prepare to take the NBSTSA CST National Certification exam to add to your professional credentials at no additional cost.2

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 Here is an example of where a Surgical Technologist degree online can take you.

Surgical Technologists

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $36,930 10th Percentile
    • $46,440 25th Percentile
    • $48,530 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3

    9%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Hennepin/Anoka, Minnesota, campus, the Central Pasco, Florida, campus, and the Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet, Illinois, campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP.org) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street N, Suite 7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

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Surgical Technologist Program Outcomes

Rasmussen University has Rasmussen University and National NBSTSA Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam pass rates available to view.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] www.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.
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