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Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Overview

​The Surgical Technologist is a critical member of the patient care team, responsible for a wide variety of duties, including preparing the patient for surgery, assisting the surgeon and other operating room personnel. The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participate effectively in the perioperative environment.​​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online, tradition​al in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab​s on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​

Program Highlights

  • A comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and how to integrate it into the practice of surgical technology
  • How to apply basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and microbiology in assisting with surgical procedures
  • How to apply aseptic techniques in all aspects of the surgical care of patients.
  • Basic use of surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment used in providing patient care
  • How to communicate effectively and respectfully with all members of the surgical team
  • How to work effectively with a diverse population

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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  • Career Settings

    • ​Hospitals
    • Surgery Centers​​

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution  for the baccalaureate degree program listed below.

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer​.​​


    Surgical Technology AAS​ Degree

    • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitian State University
    • BS Healthcare and Human Services Management, Saint Mary's University-Twin Cities Campus
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  • Additional Benefits

    ​Most surgical technologists work in hospitals. Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much 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.​​

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