Surgical Technology
Degree Program


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.

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 February 5.
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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, 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.

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    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

    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.

    Ready to take the Next Step?

    Apply onlinerequest information or call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's Surgical Technology program!


    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 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.

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    Degree Programs
    Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology
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