Surgical Technology - AAS


Surgical Technology

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology program curriculum has been carefully designed to blend professional instruction, hands-on training in the lab and clinical work to ensure that learners develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the multidisciplinary health care workforce.

  • Knowledge of basic sciences related to surgical technology.
  • Recognize and assist with emergency situations.
  • Prepare and function as a Surgical Technologist during pre-, intra-, and post-surgical procedures.

The Surgical Technology program is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Prior to graduation, all students will be eligible to take the CST examination offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 18 months
  • Credits: 102

Career Options

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers


What You Will Learn

  • Advanced studies in anatomy, microbiology and physiology.
  • In-depth study of medical terminology and operating room procedures.
  • An externship in a healthcare setting, providing real-world experience.
  • General education course work to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Surgical Technologist is expected to increase by 6% between 2021 and 2031.1

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"I had some great instructors and a great dean guiding me through everything and being there for me through some of the toughest times of my life and keeping me motivated to push through school."

Kaydon Battles

2022 Graduate, Surgical Techology, AAS

Resources:, retrieved on 5/31/2023.