Surgical Technology Program

The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers working in an operating room. The surgical technologist prepares the surgical environment and functions as a team member during surgical procedures. After many hours of simulated experiences in a well-equipped lab, students will obtain clinical experience at Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota, and other hospitals in southeastern Minnesota.

As part of the requirements to graduate from the Surgical Technology program, students must take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Jacqueline Luong, MDQuite honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about the skills/role of the surgical technologist. Their skills in organization, flexibility, anticipation, etc. – often while being a first assistant to the surgeon – is invaluable! As I made my way through my medical school and residency rotations, those skills, and knowledge of the instruments, made my surgical rotations MUCH easier as I was competent in the OR basics “dos and don’ts”.  And because of those skills I recently sought to employ a “surg tech” to help me in the OR and clinic. And now that I have my own practice, I am teaching my own staff about sterile technique and sterile processing.

-Jacqueline Luong, MD, Luong Plastic Surgery

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Jennifer Dahle, Program Advisor

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