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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 64.5 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.

Program Goals

The Surgical Technology Program at the College of Southern Nevada will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry-level surgical technologists and become contributing members of the health care team.

  • To prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  • To prepare students to function in a professional, caring, and ethical manner when providing patient care.
  • To prepare students to function as a part of the healthcare profession.
  • To prepare students to successfully complete and pass the Surgical Technologist National Certifying Examination conducted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
  • To provide the community with professional, competent, desirable employees and entry-level Surgical Technologists.
  • To recruit and retain quality students who are enthusiastic and motivated to become professional, competent entry-level 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- 2023 Annual Report:
Retention rate – 65%
Placement rate – 85%

The Outcomes Assessment Exam (NBSTSA Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination) pass rate for the College of Southern Nevada’s 2023 Annual Report is 100%

Surgical Technology (AAS) Requirements

Las Vegas Track

Northern Nevada Track

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 Getting Started page. This page 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 E204
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Building H Room 234