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Surgical Technology A.A.S.

  • Surgery professionals in an operating room

    Surgical Technology A.A.S.

    Scrub in and help save lives as a certified surgical technologist.

Explore the surgical technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a severe shortage of surgical technologists in Alaska, UAA prepares you for a rewarding career in the state’s growing healthcare industry.

What is a surgical technologist?
Also known as scrub techs and operating room technicians, surgical technologists are an important part of a medical team, providing patient care to treat illness and injury. Specializing in operating and delivery room procedures, surgical technologists prepare operating rooms and operative sites, manage medical instrumentation, equipment and supplies, and assist surgeons with surgical operations.

Surgical technology scholarships and financial aid
Learn more about program, department, university and private scholarships you may qualify for by visiting the UAA Office of Financial Aid.

Surgical technology student advising and support
The surgical technology program advisor and School of Allied Health academic advisors can help you stay on track with admission and degree requirements to apply for surgical tech school and successfully earn your associate degree from UAA.

Surgical Technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Did you know..

UAA’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

What can you do with a surgical technology degree from UAA?

With strong job placements, surgical tech schools such as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s associate degree program open doors to career opportunities in a variety of medical fields.

Additional surgical tech schooling

  • B.S. in dental hygiene
  • B.S. in health sciences
  • WWAMI School of Medicine

Surgical technology careers
With an associate degree and certification in surgical technology, you can build a career as a surgical technologist, medical sales rep or surgical tech educator in hospital and healthcare settings such as these:

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

By the numbers..

The median annual wage for surgical technologists in Alaska.
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 2014

Surgical technology associate degree program highlights

Leveraging a dynamic combination of classroom learning and clinical experience, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s associate degree program for surgical technologists provides you with hands-on training in patient care and sterile procedures.

  • Work alongside health care professionals in local hospitals and surgery centers. UAA’s surgical technology program includes a practicum course in which you’ll be assigned to local medical and health care facilities for real-world experience. Supported by clinical instructors and program faculty, you will complete 600 hours of hands-on work experience in a surgical suite or operating room.
  • Practice using the latest surgical equipment and sterile fields with a certified surgical technologist. Program faculty and instructors provide engaging classroom instruction that further develops your knowledge and skills in surgical technology.
  • Benefit from additional opportunities provided by UAA’s community partners. Hospitals and surgery centers in Anchorage and across Alaska are committed to helping you succeed. Program partners include Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska Regional Hospital, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Alaska Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.
Students speaking to class

Few states regulate surgical technologist schools and professionals, so earning a degree from an accredited university and becoming board-certified sets you apart from other surgical tech job candidates.

Students working in a lab

Surgical technologist jobs in Alaska are expected to increase 13 percent in the next 10 years. This is much faster than the average career, providing job stability and growth opportunities in the field.

A lineup of students in scrubs

New to the UAA School of Allied Health, the 63-credit surgical technology program spans three semesters and includes both classroom and practicum components that prepare you to be a surgical technologist.

Surgical technology associate degree program curriculum

Coursework in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s surgical technology associate degree program explores principles in biological sciences, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and math, particularly as they relate to the surgical environment.

To prepare for an entry-level job in surgical technology, you will develop knowledge and skills in comprehensive case management, sterilization techniques, operating procedures, wound care and closure, and patient care and safety.

Top classes for surgical technology majors

  • Essentials of Human Disease
  • Lifespan Development
  • Surgical Procedures I and II