Surgical Technology


Prepare to become an integral part of the surgical team, fulfilling the scrub role and performing Surgical Technology duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Our CAAHEP-accredited program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in hospital Operating Room departments, obstetrical departments, and outpatient surgical centers.

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology prepares practitioners specifically for the operating room scrub role. During operative procedures, the Surgical Technologist functions as an integral part of the surgical team and works in cooperation with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse performing duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Responsibilities of the Surgical Technologist include preparation of sterile operative equipment and supplies; instrumentation during operative procedures and other intra-operative patient care activities. Common duties the Surgical Technologist include operating sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units and laparoscopic equipment as well as preparing the patient’s surgical site.

The Surgical Technology program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam administered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

The graduate is prepared for entry-level careers in such areas as hospital operating room departments, obstetrical departments, surgical supply/processing departments, outpatient surgical centers, and surgeon office practices. Students can earn their Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology in as little as 18 months, days or evenings. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management Technology.

In some programs, and particularly the Allied Health and Criminal Justice programs, a criminal conviction may limit a student’s participation in a clinical or externship placement, and/or employment in the field.


“When we hire Surgical Technologists from New England Tech they fit incredibly well into our environment. They’re confident, knowledgeable, very competent and they fit right into our model of nursing care and surgical services.”
Gail Delaney-Kimball, Assistant Clinical Manager of Surgical Technology
Newport Hospital, Newport, RI



Missions, Goals and Outcomes


Program Mission:

To provide entry level professional skills in the art and science of surgical technology, emphasizing a background for professional growth and development, exposure to various surgical specialties and organization of departments in relation to the total complex of a health care facility. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to ensure the procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety by maintaining aseptic technique, proper functioning of equipment and a safe environment. The Surgical Technologist is a respected and integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.

Program Goals:

  1. To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. To demonstrate advanced knowledge of the principles of asepsis as applied to the practices of sterile technique as well as provide a safe, efficient and supportive environment for the peri-operative patient.
  3. To provide a variety of surgical specialty experiences in the spirit of cooperative education.
  4. To provide each student with a continuous, ongoing education with a consistent classroom and clinical experience.
  5. To apply knowledge from other fields to help each student address the needs of the patient.
  6. To stress the importance of the educational process as a continuum.
  7. To encourage volunteerism as well as participation and activity in local, regional, and national organizations with a philosophy that elevates and reinforces the standards of the profession.
  8. To continuously evaluate the program to maintain the highest degree of quality.


Program Outcomes:

  • Successful completion of all preoperative competencies
  • Successful completion of all intra-operative competencies
  • Successful completion of all post operative competencies
  • Successful completion of all professional skills competencies


Courses Offered

BIO 100 Anatomy and Physiology I (MA/SCI Core)

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (MA/SCI Core)

BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II (MA/SCI Core)

BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (MA/SCI Core)

BIO 122 Microbiology

BIO 130 Pharmacology

BIO 131 Pathophysiology

ELECTIVE Communications Core

ELECTIVE Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core

ELECTIVE Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core

ELECTIVE Math/Science Core

EN 102 Critical Thinking and College Writing (COM Core)

EN 110 Healthcare Communication Skills

HS 102 Introduction to Allied Health (MA/SCI Core)

HS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics

MA 109 Math for Life Science (MA/SCI Core)

MGM 102 Word Processing (5 weeks)

PS 201 Introduction to Psychology (SS Core)

ST 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology

ST 120 Surgical Instrumentation

ST 130 Surgical Procedures I

ST 131 Surgical Procedures I Lab

ST 200 Surgical Procedures II

ST 201 Surgical Procedures II Lab (5 weeks)

ST 203 Professional Communication Skills (5 weeks)

ST 204 Operating Room Laboratory I** (5 weeks)

ST 205 Advanced Topics in Surgical Technology

ST 220 Surgical Procedures III

ST 222 Operating Room Laboratory II**

ST 223 Surgical Seminar I

ST 230 Operating Room Laboratory III** (5 weeks)

ST 232 Advanced Applications of Surgical Technology

ST 233 Surgical Seminar II (5 weeks)