Surgical Technology (AAS)

Nature of Work

The Surgical Technologist is an important member of the surgical team who works closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and has responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, assemble, adjust and check equipment, operate sterilizers, lights, machinery, assist in preparation of patients, and position patients on the operating table. Surgical technologists have a responsibility of maintaining the sterile field. They most often function as the sterile member of the surgical team by passing instruments, sutures, and sponges during surgery.
The one-year program in surgical technology prepares students for employment in the following settings:

  • Hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, ambulatory care areas, and central supply.
  • Clinics and surgical centers.
  • Offices of ophthalmologists, physicians, and dentists.

Program Description

The program requires 61.5 total credit hours for completion and includes both classroom instruction and clinical practice in surgical technology. Once you have completed the required courses, you will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree, and will be eligible to take the national certification examination for Surgical Technologists.

Work Policy

All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not receive any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will the student be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.


The College of Southern Nevada Surgical Technology Program is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Program Outcomes:
Graduation rate – 78%
Employment rate – 71%

The Outcomes Assessment Exam (NBSTSA Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination) pass-rate for the College of Southern Nevada’s 2019 Annual Report is 100%

Surgical Technology (AAS) Requirements

Las Vegas Track

Surgical Technology Advising Sheet - Las Vegas Track
Surgical Technology Career Guide - Las Vegas Track
Surgical Technology Selection Criteria

Northern Nevada Track

Surgical Technology Career Guide - Northern Nevada Track
Surgical Technology Advising Sheet - Northern Nevada Track
Surgical Technology Selection Criteria

Admission Requirements

This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration This material is reviewed using selection criteria set by the program. Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

ST - Health Care Experience Form
ST - Volunteer Documentation Form
ST - Letter of Recommendation Form
Surgical Technology Dexterity Testing

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Student's First Checklist

New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Health Programs Advising Checklist.This checklist provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited-Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

Find out how to Transfer Credits to CSN from other colleges.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: (702) 651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: (702) 651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Student Union Room 127