AS 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 less than two years. It is a short-term investment for long-term rewards! Enroll now 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 most candidates to have both an associate of science degree and a technical certificate. 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.
  2. Apply and be accepted into the Surgical Technology program at Washburn Tech.
  3. Complete 30-credit hours of foundational and general education courses at Washburn University.
  4. Finish the process with 53-credit hours of hands-on training on the Washburn Tech campus and in clinicals.
  5. Receive an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology from WU.
  6. Pass the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.

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

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? It is now required by the accrediting body for surgical technologists. The degree also serves as the base for a well-rounded education. From courses in communication and English to math, music and history, you will be prepared for success.

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

Please note: To ensure compliance with approved affiliate clinical agreements that require Covid-19 vaccination and allow program participants to meet accrediting body and program clinical requirements, Covid-19 vaccinations are required for all Washburn Institute of Technology (WIT) Nursing and Allied Health programs.

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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