Surgical Technologist

Associate's Degree

Next program start date

July 06, 2021

Finish in as few as

21 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice® (Optional)

Learn to professionally carry out common OR (operating room) procedures and handle high-pressure situations as a valuable member of a surgical team. In as few as 21 months, you can earn this Associate’s degree, which provides hands-on training in surgical suite labs to help you prepare for surgical tech certification and a fulfilling career.1 The Surgical Tech program online and on campus is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Pursue Certification

Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the CST National Surgical Technologist 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

Advance Your Education

Once you graduate from this Surgical Tech program, you can choose to continue your education by transferring your credits into our Health and Wellness Bachelor’s degree for even more in-demand knowledge and skills within the healthcare industry.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for surgical technologists is 9%.3 A Surgical Technologist Associate's degree from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

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.

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Take your career into the operating room with career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your Surgical Tech classes.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Fundamentals of Surgical Technology

    • STS 1005C
    • On Campus
    • 4 Credits

    Orients students to surgery and technology and prepares them for scrub and circular duties.

    Surgical Procedures III

    • STS 2180C
    • On Campus
    • 4 Credits

    Expands on the duties and responsibilities in the role of scrub in the field of surgical technology, as well as explores specialty surgery areas.

    Surgical Tech Practicum I

    • STS 2304
    • On Campus
    • 8 Credits

    Provides students with a clinical experience that includes a solid introduction to the operating room, as well as scrub and circulating routines.

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Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find a Surgical Technologist Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Surgical Technologist program near you.

  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 Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 1, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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