Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program prepares students to seek employment as surgical technologists. Surgical technologists assist surgeons by keeping their instruments sterile and easily accessible. They also help move patients to and from operating rooms and ensure the rooms don’t become too congested. In short, they’re responsible for making the surgeon’s job as easy as possible while creating a safe environment for patients. The required courses cover introductory topics such as Operating Room Technique and Surgical Procedures. This program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit Graduates will be qualified to take the national certification exam administered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Job seekers can find positions in hospital surgery or labor and delivery areas, out-patient surgery centers or as private assistants for individual surgeons.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Assist surgeons while they operate
Keep surgical equipment sanitary and ready for use
Maximize patient safety in the operating room
Stengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.9 Years
Credits: 65*
Average Salary: $41,380*
Graduation Retention Rate: 89%*

Possible Careers

Surgical technologist
Specialized surgical technician
OR first assistant
Medical supplier
Insurance field agent
Orthopedic technician

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements
credit hours
Program Requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Angie Enlow
Surgical Technology Program Director


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