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Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

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.

Career Possibilities

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Research and Product Development
  • Material Management or Central Supply
  • Surgical Technology Educator

Associate in Science Degree

If you would enjoy a rewarding and exciting career being an integral part of a surgical team that saves lives, then our intensive, experienced-based associate degree in Surgical Technology (ST) will prepare you for an entry-level position in hospital operating rooms, obstetrical departments, perioperative service departments and outpatient surgical centers.

Our Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited program can be completed in a few as 18 months and requires no pre-requisites, getting you into the field quickly. Best of all, in September 2017, New England Institute of Technology received a national merit award by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least a 90% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. The CST is widely recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the country, and required for most positions in the field.

You’ll learn all of the essential Surgical Technologist functions that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients, from surgical instruments and surgical procedures to pharmacology and pathophysiology. You’ll complete 160 hours of intensive, surgical simulation in our two industry-specific ST labs, actively turning theory into practice.

You’ll then complete a 20-week clinical externship in the field, gaining real-world experience and building your résumé. You won’t just be observing – you’ll be working side-by-side with the surgeon, their assistants, and preceptors passing instruments, cutting suture, holding retractors, and suctioning blood and body fluids. Depending on your clinical site, you could learn to use additional technology that saves lives, including:

  • Endovascular equipment
  • Robotics
  • Lasers
  • Laparoscopic equipment

Our faculty, combined, has more than 100 years of experience in the field. Because of our small class and lab sizes, they’ll get to know you and your career aspirations and place you at a suitable clinical rotation site. Our students and graduates have completed clinical rotations and/or secured positions with:

  • All hospitals in Rhode Island
  • Mass General Hospital  
  • New England Organ Bank
  • Mass Eye and Ear
  • Hartford Hospital

With further education and/or professional experience, you could also pursue these additional career paths:

  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Labor and Delivery specialist
  • Medical sales rep
  • Central Processing Management

Accreditation Status

The Associate in Science in Surgical Technology program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, Telephone (727) 210-2350, 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).

All surgical technology students must take The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist examination before graduation. As reported in the 2019 Annual Report, during the timeframe of 8/1/2017 - 7/31/2018 the pass rate for first-time candidates of the ST program was 94.6%, whereas the national pass rate was 75.9%.

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, New England Institute of Technology hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as Surgical Technologists in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. NEIT has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.


Associate in Science Degree

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.

Associate in Science Degree

  • 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 100 Introduction to College Writing (COM Core)
  • EN 110 Healthcare Communications (COM Core)
  • AHS 102 Introduction to Allied Health (MA/SCI Core)
  • AHS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • MA 109 Math for Life Science (MA/SCI Core)
  • MGM 103 Computer Skills – Word and PowerPoint 
  • 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)

Association of Surgical Technologists. Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6th edition, Surgical Rotation Case Requirements.