Surgical Technology, AAS


Program Description

The goal of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates of the program will be able to apply fundamental theoretical knowledge in the practice of surgical technology; acquire and evaluate emerging surgical knowledge; perform the roles and duties of the surgical technologist at entry-level for employment; demonstrate professional behaviors expected of surgical technologists; and demonstrate the effective use of reason and good judgment in surgical patient care situations.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).


The Utah Tech University Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). These organizations may be contacted at:

9355 113th Street N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350

19751 East Mainstreet, Suite #339
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: 303-694-9262

Admission Requirements

For admission requirements into the Surgical Technology program, visit the program website (following this link will take you out of the University Catalog).

Program Curriculum

63 credits

Program Prerequisites 1
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
COMM 1020Public Speaking ((HU, GC))3
or COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3-4
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
HLOC 1000Medical Terminology2
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA)3
or MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)

All Program Prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Discipline Core Requirements
Admission to the Surgical Technology program required
SURG 1000Introduction to Surgical Technology2
SURG 1021Surgical Sciences3
SURG 1050Surgical Technology Theory3
SURG 1055Surgical Technology Lab I2
SURG 1060Surgical Technology Clinical I (ALPP)4
SURG 2010Surgical Pharmacology2
SURG 2050Surgical Procedures 7
SURG 2055Surgical Technology Lab II1
SURG 2060Surgical Technology Clinical II (ALPP)7
SURG 2070Surgical Synthesis1
Elective Courses
Electives as selected with your academic advisor to bring the total number of college-level credits (1000 and above) to no fewer than 63.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 semester hours of credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade C or higher in each Program Prerequisite and Discipline Core Requirement course.