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Surgical Technology (AS)

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

Why study surgical technology?

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.

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

Career Outlook & Success


Pass rate on the certification exam for 2019


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

Program Outcomes

Outcomes Assessment Exam

Certification is required to enter practice in the State of Indiana.  Below are the pass rates for University of Saint Francis graduates on the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

  • Class of 2020 – 88% pass rate
  • Class of 2019 – 100% pass rate
  • Class of 2018 – 100% pass rate
  • Class of 2017 – 100% pass rate
  • Class of 2016 – 100% pass rate

Graduate Placement

Surgical Technologists are in great demand in northeastern Indiana and University of Saint Francis graduates are actively recruited by local employers. The statistics below indicate the percentage of graduates who accepted positions as Certified Surgical Technologists or in a related field within one year of graduation.

  • Class of 2020 – 100% employed or continued education
  • Class of 2019 – 88% employed
  • Class of 2018 – 100% employed
  • Class of 2017 – 100% employed
  • Class of 2016 – 100% employed

Program Goals

The Surgical Technology program is designed to:

  • Prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.
  • Provide employers with skilled surgical technologists who effectively apply theory to practice.
  • Promote development of clinical competencies adhering to best practices.
  • Enhance the surgical technology student personally and professionally through general education.
  • Provide a learning environment that recognizes individual differences and promotes Franciscan values.
  • Assist students in developing effective learning patterns on which to build further professional growth.

Student Learning Outcomes

Reflecting Franciscan values, the Surgical Technology graduate will:

  • Respect and protect each patient’s right to privacy, dignity, safety and comfort.
  • Demonstrate strong surgical conscience and ethical decision making during perioperative patient care and professional relations.
  • Skillfully apply scientific and surgical theory to aseptic technique, instrument handling skills, use of technology, tissue manipulation and patient care.
  • Use critical thinking skills to anticipate the needs of the surgeon and other members of the surgical team.
  • Integrate concepts of the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities with surgical technology knowledge and practice.
  • Assume responsibility for self-direction by participating in activities that contribute to personal and professional growth.

Student Work Policy

All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel during the scheduled clinical course component of the program.

Equal Access Statement

The University of Saint Francis is committed to providing equal access to all students, including those students with disabilities. Once students are admitted to a health sciences program, they should contact Student Success and Academic Advising Center at 260-399-7700, ext. 6008 if they believe that they may require reasonable accommodation to fulfill the Health Sciences Technical Standards.

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