Surgical Technology (AAS)

The hybrid surgical technology program at the University of Saint Francis combines asynchronous online learning with on-the-ground labs and clinical rotations.

Available as
Associate of Applied Science
17 months
Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Hybrid

Why Become a Certified Surgical Technologist?

The OR can’t operate without you: Surgical technologists prep patients, surgeons, rooms, and equipment for procedures, assist during a range of operations, and help ensure facilities, instrumentation, and equipment are safe and sterile for all.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that advanced technology, safer procedures, and shorter recovery times have increased interest in surgeries that improve the quality of life, such as knee replacements or cataract removal. This growing demand means job prospects are good for surgical techs.

Many healthcare employers prefer or require national certification. To become a certified surgical technologist, you’ll need to complete an accredited degree program, and you’ll find one at the University of Saint Francis.


Career success rate for our Class of 2023 surgical technology graduates


Median national annual salary for surgical technologists in 2021


Expected growth in demand for surgical technologists through 2032 (faster than average for all occupations)

Why Saint Francis for Surgical Technology?

Inspired by the Franciscan tradition and renowned for its values-based healthcare education, Saint Francis prepares you to serve others with respect, care, and compassion. Our expert faculty members bring real-world medical experience to the classroom; they’ll give you a solid foundation in science and equip you with the technical and decision-making skills you’ll need to succeed in the OR.

In about two years’ time, you can begin your surgical technology career and serve as a critical member of a healthcare team.

Hands-On Learning from Day One

You don’t have to wait until your final months in the program to put learning into practice; at Saint Francis, you’ll go into the field during all four semesters and leave with more than 120 procedures completed in a variety of specialties with 750 hours of clinical experience.

Prepare for your surgical technologist career at sites such as:

  • Dupont Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • The Orthopedic Hospital
  • Parkview Ortho Hospital
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Southwest Surgical Suites
  • The Surgery Center and ENT Associates
  • Franciscan Health Munster 
  • Franciscan Health Dyer 
  • Franciscan Health Crown Point 
  • Franciscan Health Rensselaer 
  • Lakeshore Surgery Center 
  • Northwest Health Porter 
  • Northwest Health LaPorte 
  • Northwest Health Starke 

Dual-Enrollment Associate & Bachelor’s Degree Option:

As a surgical tech student, you can expand your career opportunities by earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Services in only one additional year. Choose a concentration in medical sales, health services management, or community health.

What You Can Do With a Degree in Surgical Technology?

A certified surgical technologist can find work in a variety of healthcare organizations, from outpatient centers to hospitals. Our graduates start their surgical technologist career at healthcare organizations like:

  • Adams Health Network
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
  • ENT Surgery Center
  • Fort Wayne Ortho
  • Lutheran Health Network
  • OhioHealth
  • OrthoIndy
  • Parkview Health
  • ProMedica
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • Terre Haute Regional Hospital
  • UnityPoint Health

Your associate degree will give you a broad education, and as you gain experience and additional training, you may develop specialties in certain practice areas, such as cardiology, orthopedics, or ear, nose, and throat.


Saint Francis’ associate of science in surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Counsel on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 113th St. N  #7709
Seminole, Florida 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350

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