Surgical Technology

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:

  • To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive(knowledge), psychomotor (skills),and affective (behavior ) learning domains.
  • To provide a variety of clinical experiences in the spirit of cooperative education.
  • 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.

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

SCI 100 Anatomy and Physiology I
SCI 101 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
SCI 102 Introduction to Allied Health
ST 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology
MGT 120 Word Processing
SCI 120 Anatomy & Physiology II
SCI 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 122 Microbiology
ST 120 Surgical Instrumentation
ST 130 Surgical Procedures I
ST 131 Surgical Procedures I Lab
BIO 130 Pharmacology
BIO 131 Pathophysiology
ST 200 Surgical Procedures II
ST 201 Surgical Procedures II Lab
ST 203 Professional Communication Skills
ST 204 Operating Room Laboratory I
AHS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
ST 220 Surgical Procedures III
ST 222 Operating Room Laboratory II
ST 223 Surgical Seminar I
ST 205 Advanced Topics in Surgical Technology
ST 230 Operating Room Laboratory III
ST 233 Surgical Seminar II
ST 232 Advanced Applications of Surgical Technology