Surgical Technology

  • Surgical Technology

    Surgical technologists specialize in the operating room procedures, preparing operating rooms, assisting surgeons with surgical operations, and managing medical instrumentation, equipment and supplies.

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Surgical technologists, commonly referred to as scrub techs, are operating room specialists who are tasked with the responsibility of performing and mastering a specific skill set in pre-, intra-, and postoperative surgical case management. They must be knowledgeable and vigilant in asepsis and sterile technique, with self-accountability to properly and diligently care for instrumentation, equipment, supplies, wound care and closure, and most importantly, the safety of the patient. Surgical technologists are experts in their knowledge and theory of anatomy and physiology, microbiology, sterile technique, and surgical procedures which makes them a crucial part of the surgical team. They must be able to multi-task and anticipate multiple steps ahead of the surgeon all while making split-second decisions in the event of an emergency.

The profession of surgical technology comes with great responsibility and accountability but also endless amounts of gratification, fulfillment, and the willingness to selflessly give back every day of your life and make a difference. 

As a student in the surgical technology program, you will grow and develop skills in comprehensive case management, sterilization techniques, surgical procedures, wound care and closure, and patient care and safety. Students will get hands-on experience using the latest surgical equipment in the state-of-the-art lab all while getting real-world experience and training through practicum placements in local hospitals and surgery centers. The Associates of Applied Science in Surgical Technology prepares you to sit for the certified surgical technologist examination.

Surgical technologists are always in high demand and work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Central sterile processing departments
  • Private physicians’ practices
  • Medical supply companies

Applications to the program are open! Visit the Program Application Procedure webpage for more information.


Why choose Surgical Technology at UAA? 

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Percentage of UAA surgical technology students who successfully find jobs as surgical technologists upon completion of the program.

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Practice using the latest surgical equipment and sterile fields in a new lab facility with a certified surgical technologist.

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Learn from expert faculty and complete clinicals alongside working professionals in local hospitals and surgery centers, including Alaska's largest trauma II center.


The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: AAS in Surgical Technology


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Message from the Director

Thank you so much for your interest in the UAA Surgical Technology program. As a nationally accredited program, my commitment to you as program director is to provide a specialized skill set and knowledge base built on a foundation that will afford you, the student, a successful and rewarding career in various healthcare settings which include hospitals, surgery centers, and private practice. Our Surgical Technology Program is built for student success in a way that will provide extensive hands-on skills training in our state-of-the-art surgical lab setting equipped with real-world surgical instrumentation, operating room surgical beds, scrub sinks, and more. As a surgical technologist, you will be a vital member of the surgical team that works hand in hand with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and registered nurses delivering direct patient care before, during, and after surgery. My commitment and responsibility are to this program but most importantly to my students and I will ensure that you are prepared for this new and exciting adventure you are about to embark on.


- Nicole Clementi, BSCJ, AAS/CST


Contact Us

(907) 786-4346

Physical Address
UAA School of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences Building
3500 Seawolf Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Surgical Technology Program
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508