The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions prepares you for the role of surgical technologist. Students will learn to prepare the operating room and the instruments, equipment and supplies needed; positioning and preparing the patients for surgery; and passing instruments, sponges and sutures to the surgeon.
What is a Surgical Technologist?
The surgical technologist is an operating room specialist who performs specific duties for pre-, intra- and postoperative case management. Surgical technologists must be knowledgeable in asepsis and sterile technique, and must be able to properly care for instrumentation, equipment and supplies. Education includes the following: basic sciences: microbiology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and surgical pharmacology. Additionally, this education includes surgical procedures, case management, wound care and closure, surgical patient care and safety.
Preoperative case management duties include operating room preparation, gathering of supplies and equipment, case set-up and preparation of the operative site with sterile drapes. Intraoperative case management duties include maintenance of the sterile field, passing instruments and medications to the surgeon and assistant, specimen care and application of wound dressings. Postoperative case management duties include care and maintenance of equipment and instruments after use and preparation of the operating room for the next procedure.
Surgical Technologist Employment Outlook
Surgical technologists' employment includes hospital operating rooms, central sterile processing departments, outpatient surgical units, medical companies as sales representatives, physicians in private practice, cardiac catheterization units or endoscopic departments.
Overall employment of surgical assistants and technologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031. The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $48,530 in May 2021. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses).
Actual salaries and employment opportunities may vary depending upon geographic location, market employment trends by local area, employer size, employee experience and employee credentials. Prospective students should research the local employment opportunities as a part of their decision-making processes.
The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program is a 5-semester program delivered in a blended format. The mission of the Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists to practice in the perioperative setting, providing care to patients across the life span.
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
If I repeat a prerequisite course, does that count against me?
We do not consider repeated prerequisite coursework in our GPA calculation. We will use the highest grade earned in a prerequisite course.
Do all prerequisites need to be completed prior to applying?
Applicants can be in progress with one prerequisite course during the application cycle and still be considered for the program. If admitted to the program, the applicant must complete the in progress prerequisite course prior to the start of the program.
Does BSHP offer the prerequisite courses?
Prerequisite courses are not offered at BSHP. All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
What are the applications deadlines?
Application deadlines can be reviewed here.
When will I receive an admissions decision?
Admissions decisions are sent via email approximately two weeks after each deadline.
Provided below is the typical class schedule. The times listed are general timeframes and not a set schedule. Actual lecture and clinical times may fall within the hours listed below. Please note the days and time vary per course and are always subject to change. All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).
There are several general education courses built into the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program curriculum. Transfer credit may be considered for the following general education courses if they are equivalent in content, taken at an accredited institution, and completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
Anatomy & Physiology I*
Anatomy & Physiology II*
Introduction to Computing
English Composition I
Medical Law and Ethics
Lifespan Growth and Development
*Science general education courses cannot be older than 10 years.
Is this program offered fully online?
No, the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program is delivered in a blended format. Blended courses are courses in which a portion of the learning activities are delivered virtually in a synchronous format; they are a combination of traditional classroom and e-instruction.
Does this program have an evening schedule?
No, the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program does not have an evening schedule offering.
How much does this program cost?
For program cost, please visit our Tuition & Fees page.
How long does it take to complete this program?
The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program is five semesters in length.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologist.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
Identify the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic measures of specified surgical conditions.
Apply scientific principles in providing quality patient care.
Correlate physician’s preference card to therapeutic patient care and treatment of the surgical patient.
Utilize effective communication techniques in establishing therapeutic relationships with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team.
Utilize the principles of pharmacology in the preparation of pharmaceutical agents used in the surgical procedure.
Apply principles of legal and ethical conduct in his/her professional life.
Identify psychosocial and spiritual aspects relating to the surgical patient and his/her family.
Exercise critical analysis of the patient’s surgical environment and promote optimal health of the patient with specific surgical conditions.
Credentialing Exam Pass Rates
The credentialing examination pass rate is the number of students who pass the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Examination on their first attempt. Recent pass rates for our Surgical Technology program are:
CST Pass Rate
The Baptist Health System School of Health Professions Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). Upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), the program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of September 15, 2023.