Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology (AS)

Students in the mock surgical suite practicing on a patient simulator.


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Get a Degree and a Career in 2 Years

With USF’s Surgical Technology program, you can become a certified surgical technologist — and work as a critical member of a surgical team — in only two years! Our curriculum will prepare you for success through a blend of classroom and on-site learning, including four semesters of clinical experience.

Upon completion of the program, you will be

  • Eligible for the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam
  • Hired into an in-demand field 100% graduate employment

Bonus! Surgical Technology graduates can earn a bachelor’s degree in Health Services in one additional year. Plus, the program is online so you can work as surgical technologist throughout.

Paid Apprenticeship Option

Many USF surgical tech students opt to do a paid apprenticeship during their second year. They work alongside professional surgical technologists and are hired as full-time professionals upon graduation — a “win-win” for students and the hospitals, who are eager to hire USF graduates.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Surgical Technology students cleaning their hands and preparing to enter the mock surgical suite.

Career Outlook & Success


Pass rate on the certification exam


of 2018 graduates accepted surgical technologist positions (or related) positions within 1 year of graduation or are continuing their education


Expected job growth for surgical technologists by 2026 (per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Median pay (per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Gain Real Experience

While most programs place students in clinical sites during the last 12 weeks of the program, we get you there early: during your first semester and throughout the program.

By the time you graduate, you will have participated in more than 120 surgical procedures!

You will have the opportunity to experience 13 different clinical sites that may take place at

  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Parkview Ortho Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • The Orthopedic Hospital
  • Dupont Hospital
  • The Surgery Center at ENT Associates, and other sites

The Orthopedic Hospital regularly hires USF graduates because they’re knowledgeable, hardworking, and well rounded. We meet them when they come in to do their orthopedic clinicals and will often hire them as surgical technologists.

Phyllis Kenline
RN-OR Manager
The Orthopedic Hospital


USF’s associate of science in surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Counsel on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

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Program Director

Theresa Sorgen-Burleson, MBA, CST
260-399-7700 ext. 8575