Surgical Technology - AAS

Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program

Cleaning surgical instruments. Laying down drapes. Counting inventory. These are not the typical matters that come to mind when it comes to surgery, but they are all important nonetheless. Without the necessary preparations and cleanups for surgery, the risks of infection and mistakes skyrocket.

This is where you come in.

Have you ever wanted to help with surgeries but felt you lacked the experience or medical knowledge? Don't worry! Surgical technology is a profession that allows you to assist with operations without requiring a costly four-year degree. Here are ten reasons to join our surgical technology program:

  1. Assist in operations.
    Your work is critical to a successful surgery. Although you might not be performing the surgery, you will be directly assisting those who are. Without you, the medical team might not be able to perform as efficiently or safely.
  2. Average salary.  
    The average salary for a Surgical Technician is $78,996 per year in Rockford, IL, which is 14% above the national average.1
  3. Participate in an externship.
    Before you graduate, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned in a healthcare setting. Work with trained professionals who could even become your future employers.
  4. Comprehensive program.
    The classroom portion of our program covers a wide range of topics including anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology, and surgical pharmacy.
  5. High job demand.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow by twelve percent between 2016 and 2026.2
  6. Short program length.
    Unlike other medical professions that require extensive schooling and training, surgical technology is a relatively easy field to enter. Our program only takes sixteen months to complete!
  7. Work with surgeons and registered nurses.
    When you enter your desired career, you will be working under close supervision of surgical personnel. They can be a wonderful resource and impart their stories and medical knowledge to you!
  8. Surgical technology will keep you on your feet!
    Your duties might include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, cutting sutures, managing surgical instruments, and more. There is never a dull moment in this occupation.
  9. Affordable.
    Our program is much cheaper than many other medical degree programs, so you will be able to make more as you start your career! Our financial aid office is happy to help with answering questions and completing paperwork. 
  10. Help patients every day!
    The best part of being a surgical technologist is helping patients through their struggles. No matter how small your daily tasks may seem, they can make a huge impact on your patient's operation. It's time to begin a rewarding career that changes others' lives for the better!


2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor.  (2018, March 28).  Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Surgical Technologists.  Retrieved from

1,-Rockford-IL (retrieved 11/29/2018)

Program length – 18 months


On-campus program
Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program includes an externship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation, providing real-world work experience.

Surgical technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Their duties include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery and preparing surgical equipment. During surgery they may pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help manage surgical instruments and supplies.
Demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow by 14% with 24,600 new job openings through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 EditionJob Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16

Rockford, IL