Surgical Technology

The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program designed to develop skills in all phases of operating room procedures and techniques, including clinical experience in the operating room.

In addition to operating room techniques, surgical procedures, surgical instruments and equipment, students study surgical microbiology, surgical pharmacology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, asepsis (sterile technique), preparation of the patient for surgery, and the physical conditions that make it necessary for a person to have surgery.


 Important Dates and Information

 Application Dates

Applications for Fall semester 2018:

May 21st at 8 am through May 25th at 11am

TEAS Test Prep
Please contact Metro North ABE for more information or visit TEAS V Test Prep



A background in general math, anatomy/physiology, biology, health and life sciences, medical terminology and nursing assistant skills can be helpful.

Evidence of immunization is mandatory or a positive Rubella Titer. Students are strongly encouraged to take the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Steps for the application process for Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree:

  1. Successful completion of the Sterile Processing certificate
  2. TEAS for Allied Health Programs with a Minimum score of 60%
Second year courses are restricted to students admitted to the Surgical Technology program. A medical exam is REQUIRED.


Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request reconsideration by the Commissioner of Health, if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process. A student who has been disqualified will not be sent to a clinical site.


Full-Time Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence
The first two semester are completed during the Sterile Processing certificate.
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 TOTAL   28

 Fall Semester
 SURG 1010  Surgical Pharmacology
 SURG 1026  Operating Room Theory
 SURG 1027  Operating Room Techniques
 SURG 1035  Operating Room Procedures I
 Spring Semester
 SURG 1037  Operating Room Procedures II
 SURG 2000  OR (Operating Room) Clinical


Clinical hospitals are located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Students must provide their own transportation to and from these assigned clinical sites and pay for any parking fees.


Admissions Requirements


Graduation Requirements

Refer to the Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.


  1. Collect seven passed independent evaluation forms from assigned hospital staff, including one passed independent evaluation by the clinical instructor assuring mastery of clinical objectives, outcomes, and validation of staff evaluations.

  2. Complete 120 cases: 30 cases in General surgery (20 must be first scrub role) and 90 cases in specialty areas (60 must be in the first scrub role)

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  Contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.


The Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


Graduates of the Anoka Technical College Surgical Technology program will take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists.

Certification Exam Results

January 2013: 100%
June 2013: 100%
January 2014: 100%
June 2014: 100%
June 2015: 81%
June 2016: 100%
January 2017: 83%
June 2017: 100%
January 2018: 100%

Transfer Opportunities

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Industry Information

A surgical technologist functions mainly as a scrub person in a hospital operating room. The technologist sets up the instruments, drapes, sutures, and supplies for surgical procedures, assists the surgeon and other operating team members with gowning and gloving for surgery, and hands instruments, sutures and supplies to the surgeon throughout the operative procedure.

Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons and registered nurses, are able to anticipate the needs of the physician during surgery, and assist in the care of the patient during surgical procedures.

The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential for surgical technologists. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience, and concern for order are also required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. Technologists must be able to work quickly and accurately, be oriented to detail and integrate a number of activities according to priority. Technologists must be keenly sensitive to the needs of the patient as well as to the needs of other members of the surgical team. Individuals who practice this profession have a strong desire to help others and make a valuable contribution to society.


Surgical Technology program graduates are qualified to work in hospital operating rooms, day surgery units, OB labor and delivery, cardiovascular labs and research labs. Overtime and call time will vary with position and place of employment.

With additional training, some technologists advance to first assistants, who help retract, sponge and suture during surgery. They also help close and treat wounds.

Some technologists manage supply departments in hospitals. Others take jobs with insurance companies, supply services or medical equipment companies.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


Becky Driscoll

Rita Schutz

Enrollment Services


AAS Degree




Fall: August
Spring: January


Becky Driscoll

Rita Schutz

Enrollment Services

“If you pursue a degree in Surgical Technology, you can see the difference between Anoka Tech graduates and other schools. Anoka Tech grads start their first jobs leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.”