Surgical Technologist

Associate's Degree

Next program start date

July 01, 20244

Finish in as few as

21 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

The CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Tech Associate’s degree will prepare you 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 you can earn your surgical tech 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 Surgical Tech program online and on campus is available with $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to prove that you already have the knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it.

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

Pursue Surgical Tech 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 2020 and 2030 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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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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Entrance Requirements

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

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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.


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 ( on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

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9355 113th Street N, Suite 7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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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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