Why Study Surgical Technology?

If human anatomy fascinates you, or you enjoy working with technology, an associate degree in Surgical Technology will prepare you for a rewarding career.

USF’s partnerships and reputation in the healthcare community help our graduates get great jobs. And, we don’t want to brag too much, but our clinical partners say our students are “head and shoulders” above the competition.


Students who pass the national certification exam taken to practice as a surgical technologist.


Projected increase in jobs for surgical technologists by 2021.


Number of semesters of off-campus clinical experience.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said surgical technologists:

  • Work well with other people
  • Think human anatomy is just… really cool
  • Have physical stamina
  • Adapt quickly to new situations

Skills You'll Obtain

Prepare equipment for surgical procedures

Assist surgeons during operations

Help registered nurses with patient care

Early exposure to the clinical setting has a significant impact on the hands on education we receive.– Emily Wallace, 2nd year clinical student

Offering a True Simulation Experience

Students in the USF Surgical Technology program will learn while using a state-of-the-art surgical suite—offering a true simulation experience to complete lab sessions and practice surgical techniques. USF graduates work as Certified Surgical Technologists in a variety of surgical settings, including hospital surgical and childbirth centers, surgery centers and surgeons’ practices. USF students and faculty share what they think sets this program apart.

After Graduation

First, you’ll have to take the national certification examination to become a certified Surgical Technologist. Don’t worry, 100% of our graduates have passed since 2012.

The best part of Surgical Technology is the variety of career options. You can specialize in a surgical area that interests you. Some of our graduates have worked or currently work at:

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Private Scrub
  • Medical Device Sales Representative
  • Surgery Materials Manager
  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Surgical Nurse