Surgical Technologist

Associate's Degree

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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  • Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

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

  • Blend of On-Campus & Online Courses

    The curriculum is offered through a blend of on-campus and online courses, through which you’ll gain a solid understanding of the healthcare industry.

  • Comprehensive 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

  • Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

    This Associate's degree is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

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
  • Flex Choice® (Optional)

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

Surgical technologist

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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

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 CST National Certification exam to add to your professional credentials at no additional cost.2 Students are eligible to prepare and take the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Tech in Surgery – Certified TS-C exam at non-accredited campuses 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

    • $33,420 10th Percentile
    • $39,760 25th Percentile
    • $48,300 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    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 Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Moorhead and St. Cloud, Minnesota, campuses 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). The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Central Pasco, Florida, campus is not currently accredited, but students are eligible to prepare and take the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Tech in Surgery – Certified TS-C exam at no additional cost.2

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

Additional accreditation details

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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Kristi Vylasek, Surgical Technologist Graduate & Program Coordinator

"As an educator, I thrive on watching my students’ progress through the program. Before my very eyes they transform from students into professional surgical technologists. It is a feeling of pride and joy I can’t describe."

Krista
Surgical Technologist Graduate & Program Coordinator

  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 May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] 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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