Surgical technologists, otherwise known as scrub techs, are operating room specialists who perform specific duties for pre-, intra-, and postoperative case management. Surgical technologists must be knowledgeable in asepsis and sterile technique, and must be able to properly care for instrumentation, equipment and supplies. Surgical case management, wound care and closure, and surgical patient care and safety all fall within the realm of the surgical technologist’s responsibilities. Surgical technologists make sure the operating room is ready by gathering sterile supplies and checking equipment. They apply equipment to prepare for incisions and most importantly, they ensure that the operating environment is as sterile as possible.
As a student in the Surgical Technology program, you’ll develop skills in comprehensive case management, sterilization techniques, operating procedures, wound care and closure, and patient care and safety. Students get hands-on experience using the latest surgical equipment in UAA’s state-of-the-art labs, and get real-world training through practicum placements in local medical facilities. The AAS in Surgical Technology prepares you to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist examination.
Surgical technologists are in high demand and work in a variety of settings, including:
- Outpatient surgical centers
- Central sterile processing departments
- Private physicians’ practices
- Medical companies
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, primarily in operating rooms. Some are found in medical or dental offices where outpatient surgery is performed.
Applications to the program are open! Visit the Program Application Procedure webpage for more information.
Why choose Surgical Technology at UAA?
Percentage of UAA surgical technology students who successfully find jobs as surgical technologists upon completion of the program.
Practice using the latest surgical equipment and sterile fields in a new lab facility with a certified surgical technologist.
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.
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
Slideshow: Surgical technology students scrub in for mock surgery
January 24, 2023
Surgical technology students learn the fundamentals of surgical technology during simulated surgery in the lab at UAA.
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
UAA School of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences Building
3500 Seawolf Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
UAA Surgical Technology Program
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508