AAS in Surgical Technology

Become a valuable recruit for modern surgical teams and secure your place in the fast-growing health care field! Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms, equipment and assist medical professionals during surgeries. You ensure procedures are performed efficiently, effectively and safely. Your work has a meaningful impact on other team members and, most importantly, on patients. This career requires both an associate degree and national certification. By enrolling at Washburn University and Washburn Tech, you can achieve both goals in as few as 18 months. It is a short-term investment for long-term rewards! Enroll now in this ARC/STSA accredited program and be a cut above in the job market.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $40,080on campus
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Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Pursuing a career as a Surgical Technologist requires candidates to have an associate of applied science degree. The affiliation between Washburn University and Washburn Tech offers a convenient way to make that happen! Follow these steps to prepare yourself for this exciting field:

  1. Complete your general education requirements at Washburn University and Washburn Tech.
  2. Apply to Washburn Tech's Surgical Technology program.
  3. Once accepted, complete the 49-credit hour program of hands-on training on the Washburn Tech campus and in clinicals.
  4. Receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology from Washburn Tech.
  5. Pass the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.

Some courses may have prerequisites or require placement scores. Check with a program advisor in Washburn Tech Student Services for more information.

To ensure you enroll in eligible courses, check with a program advisor in Washburn Tech Student Services for more information.

Many of our clinical partners are requiring students to have the vaccine in order to complete clinical hours. Due to accrediting body and program clinical requirements, Washburn Tech cannot guarantee that requirements for program completion can be met when a student is not vaccinated.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. Job prospects are best for surgical technologists who have completed an associate degree and hold a certification.

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