Program Overview

surgical tech students

Scrub in for a thrilling, fast-paced career as a surgical team member assisting physicians in the operating room. You’ll learn about surgical procedures and instruments as well as foundations in pharmacology and pathophysiology. Our program includes a 160-hour surgical lab simulation and a 20-week clinical externship in the field for exciting real-world experience. You’ll work side-by-side with a surgical team passing instruments, cutting sutures, holding retractors, and suctioning body fluids. You may even learn to use endovascular and laparoscopic equipment, robotics, and lasers. Whether you become a Surgical Technologist or go on to pursue a career as a physician assistant, labor and delivery specialist, medical sales representative, nurse, or another medical role, you’ll be well prepared to succeed with critical thinking skills and experience-based knowledge.

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The Associate in Science Degree in Surgical Technology is a part of NEIT’s allied health education programs and 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 collaborates with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse, performing duties vital for surgical patients’ safety and care.

Responsibilities include preparing sterile operative equipment and supplies, instrumentation during operative procedures, and other intra-operative patient care activities. Common duties include operating sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units, laparoscopic equipment, and preparing the patient’s surgical site.

The Surgical Technology program curriculum integrates both theory and practice of surgical procedures using laboratory experiences in a completely equipped, on-campus simulated operating room and in actual operating rooms.

Students study a comprehensive background in anatomy and physiology and the proper medical terminology of the systems. Surgical procedures courses include an appreciation of the person having surgery, knowledge of common conditions requiring surgery, and the surgical procedure and patient care skills.

Ethical and legal dimensions of the work and profession of the Surgical Technologist are part of the program. Supervised clinical practice in surgical environments prepares students realistically.

The surgical tech program graduates are ready for entry-level positions in hospital operating room departments, obstetrical departments, surgical supply/processing departments, outpatient surgical centers, and surgeon office practices. Program graduates are also eligible to continue for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Healthcare Management/Respiratory Care (MGTH) concentration.

Our faculty has many years of experience in the field. Because of our small class and lab sizes, they’ll get to know you and your career aspirations. They will take special care to 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
  • Several hospitals in Connecticut
  • All hospitals in southeastern Massachusetts


Our Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited program can be completed in a few as 18 months. Best of all, all surgical technology students must take The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) 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%. (This is required, due to COVID, the 2020 AR is delayed until January)

The CST is widely recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the country, and is required for many positions in the field.

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


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Telephone (727) 210-2350



In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the 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 before 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 before accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.

Potential Career Opportunities

As a certified surgical technologist, there are various positions where students who graduate from our program can apply the skills and knowledge they have gained. Some of the examples of the jobs available for graduates of our Surgical Technology program include the following:

Surgical Technologist

Medical Sales Representative

Research and Product Development

Material Management or Central Supply

Surgical Technology Educator


  • Is Surgical Tech an associate degree?

    Surgical Technology is commonly offered as an Associate Degree in Health Sciences. A program like this prepares students to work under a surgeon’s supervision in various medical settings, including inpatient hospital operating rooms, emergency rooms, and outpatient care centers.

  • What can I do with an associate degree in surgical technology?

    With an associate degree in surgical technology, surgical technologists may find work across medical settings as a surgical technologist who assists surgeons, an endoscopy technician, pharmacy technician, sterile processing technician, and more. You may pursue additional career paths by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the subject.

  • How long does it take to become a surgical technologist?

    Surgical technologists may begin work after completing an 18-month  associate degree surgical technology program.

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

To provide entry-level professional skills in the art and science of surgical technology, emphasizing background for professional growth and development, exposure to various surgical specialties, and organization of departments concerning the entire complex of a healthcare facility.

Surgical technologists work under medical supervision to ensure that they conduct procedures under conditions that maximize patient safety by maintaining aseptic technique, proper functioning of equipment, and a safe environment. A surgical technologist is a respected and integral part of the medical practitioners’ team, providing surgical care to patients in various 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 sterile technique practices and 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 and participation and activity in local, regional, and national organizations with a philosophy that elevates and reinforces the profession’s standards.
  8. To continuously evaluate the program to maintain the highest degree of quality.

Program Outcomes

  1. Successful completion of all preoperative competencies.
  2. Successful completion of all intra-operative competencies.
  3. Successful completion of all post-operative competencies.
  4. Successful completion of all professional skills competencies.

Courses Offered

The courses offered as part of our program focus on both the theory and practice of surgical tech and surgical assisting processes. Here’s a look at some of the courses that students undertake as part of our accredited surgical technology program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Healthcare Communications
  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Operating Room Laboratory
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Advanced Topics in Surgical Technology
  • Advanced Applications of Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Seminar

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

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.