Surgical Technology Degree ProgramNew Orleans, Louisiana

Surgical Technologist ranked among the Best Health Care Support Jobs in America for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report.

The operating room is not just for doctors and nurses.

Surgical technologists play a major role in high-tech operating rooms across the country.  As the number of surgeries increases to meet the needs of our aging population, so will the career opportunities for surgical technologists.

If you're well organized, can keep track of details and aren't squeamish about watching surgery, you could start your career in surgical technology in as little as 20 months with our associate degree program in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Employment is expected to grow nearly 15% between 2014 and 2024 - faster than average - as predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Total Months

20 (on average)

Total Credits


Classes start November 25.
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How you can become a certified Surgical Technologist

Earning an associate degree in surgical technology is considered the preferred educational model for entry-level positions by the Associate of Surgical Technologists (AST).  By successfully completing Herzing's ABHES-accredited surgical technologist degree program in New Orleans, Louisiana, you'll be prepared to work in this growing profession and be an essential part of the healthcare team. You will also be eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination offered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program New Orleans Louisiana


    Surgical Technology Career Paths

    Also called surg techs, scrubs, and surgical or operating room technicians, surgical assistants work under the supervision of surgeons, passing instruments, holding retractors, cutting sutures and help  count sponges, needles, supplies, instruments and more.

    A career as a surgical technologist could be right for you if you:

    • Are well organized and can keep track of details
    • Are not squeamish about watching surgery
    • Have good hand-eye coordination
    • Work well in a team
    • Work well under pressure
    • Can quickly respond to multiple requests
    • Can communicate clearly and concisely
    • Have discipline, concentration and stamina

    How much you can make as a surgical technologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for surgical technologists in Louisiana is $39,990 per year ($19.23 per hour).

    Work Environment

    With an associate degree in surgical technology, you can expect to work in a hospital, outpatient care center or ambulatory surgical facility.  As a surgical assistant, you can also expect to spend a lot of time on your feet, standing for long periods and remaining alert during operations.  Typically, surgical technologists work a regular 40-hour week, although you could be on call or work nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.

    Surgical Technology Career Paths

    Graduates from surgical technology programs like Herzing’s are members of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Before an operation, they help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They also get patients ready for surgery as well as pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants during surgery.

    As a graduate of our program, you will be prepared for an entry-level career in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities.  Your potential job titles could include Surgical Technologists, Lead Surgical Technologists, Travel Surgical Technologists, Sterile Processing Technicians and Material Managers.


    Technologists advance by specializing in a particular area of surgery, such as neurosurgery or open-heart surgery.

    • Certified surgical technologists with additional specialized education or training also may act in the role of the surgical first assistant or circulator. The surgical first assistant, as defined by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), provides aid in exposure, hemostasis (controlling blood flow and stopping or preventing hemorrhage), and other technical functions under the surgeon’s direction that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation.
    • A circulating technologist is the “unsterile” member of the surgical team who interviews the patient before surgery, prepares the patient, helps with anesthesia, obtains and opens packages for the “sterile” people to remove the sterile contents during the procedure, keeps a written account of the surgical procedure, and answers the surgeon’s questions about the patient during the surgery.
    • Some surgical technicians manage central supply departments in hospitals, or take positions with insurance companies, sterile supply services, and operating equipment firms.

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    Surgical Technology Program Curriculum

    Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology6520*

    *Average number of months for students to complete program

    Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

    As a student in Herzing's New Orleans, Louisiana surgical technology program, you'll be prepared with the skills needed to work effectively as an integral part of a surgical team.  The coursework includes anatomy and physiology as well as the principles and protocols of surgical procedures. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be prepared for entry-level surgical technology positions in the operating room or other surgical healthcare setting.

    General Education Prerequisites

    The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the Surgical Technology program: Anatomy and Physiology With Lab General Microbiology With Lab All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the Surgical Technology program. A student who is dropped from the program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University, may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the Surgical Technology program in a future cycle.

    Required Support Course

    12.00 semester credit hours are required.

    Required Surgical Technology Courses

    All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.

    General Education Requirements #

    Students enrolled in this associate's program must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities** (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science*** 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences *    Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 24.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines. ** 3.0 credits of this requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements. *** This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements.. 

    Personal and Professional Development Courses

    2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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    Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program in New Orleans, Louisiana

    Come visit our campus in New Orleans, Louisiana to get a feel for the learning environment and learn more about our surgical technology associate degree program. We are located east of the airport just south of I10.

    New Orleans Campus

    2500 Williams Boulevard
    Kenner, Louisiana 70062

     (504) 613-4295

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