Surgical Technology Overview

Surgical Technology - what you will learn

The two-year program for an Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology is a combination of classroom studies, hands-on learning in a surgical suite laboratory, and clinical-based practice in Greater Omaha Area hospitals.  Learning includes:

  • Coursework in human anatomy, microbiology, critical thinking and communications
  • Care and handling of surgical instruments and equipment before, during and after surgery
  • Maintaining a sterile field for the surgical team including applying surgical dressings, holding retractors, cutting sutures, preparing sterile solutions, and caring for and/or transporting human specimens for laboratory analysis or disposal
  • Draping and positioning of patients during surgery
  • Operating room preparation including cleaning, restocking, and equipment preparation and positioning
  • National standards required to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Surgical Technology Program Information

  • Two-year, accredited Associate of Science degree program in Surgical Technology
  • Industry-experienced instructors work one-on-one with you in small classes to develop your professional skills in patient care, surgical technology and communication
  • Students are prepared to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) national examination in their final semester, and are prepared for employment as soon as they graduate

Surgical Technology Salary 

According to O*Net Online, the median salary for surgical technology in the U.S. for 2013 is $42,720 per year ($20.54 per hour), with an average projected job growth of 10 to 19 percent.

Surg Tech Career Outlook

People qualified in surgical technology are in high demand throughout the United States and opportunities to advance are exceptional.  Surg techs may start their careers working in a hospital, outpatient facility, physician's clinic or dental office.  For those who learn additional skills or earn a Bachelor of Science degree, other career opportunities may include:

  • First or Second Assisting Technologist
  • Private 'Scrub' (specializing in transplants or other complex surgeries)
  • Surgical Services Administrator
  • Surgical Supplies Administrator
  • Surgical Equipment/Instrument Sales
  • Insurance
  • Trainer or Instructor

Surgical Technology Professional Organizations

Program Accreditation

CAAHEP AccreditationThe Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC ST/SA). 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL, 33756. (727) 210-2350. Email: mail@caahep.org; Website: www.caahep.org