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. Surgical technologists play a crucial role in patient care and safety.

Anoka Technical College's Surgical Technology program is designed to develop skills in all phases of operating room procedures and techniques, including clinical experience in the operating room.

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High growth rate compared to other careers in Minnesota

Potential Jobs:

  • Certified Surgical Technologist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Operating Room (OR) Technician
  • Surgical Scrub Technologist

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $30.27 per hour
Top Earners: $38.57 per hour

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Program Details

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.

  1. Accept constructive criticism and demonstrate the appropriate behavior change.
  2. Communicate effectively in medical language.
  3. Ability to transfer theoretical knowledge to clinical situations.
  4. Adjust to changes in technology.
  5. Understand his/her role and function as a member of the surgical team.
  6. Display professional behavior.
  7. Demonstrate the principles of aseptic technique consistently.
  8. Adhere to program/hospital policies and procedures according to industry standards.

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.

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

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

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Fall 2024 applications can be submitted starting May 28, 2024. Applications are considered first come, first served until the program is full.

Surgical Technology Program Application

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

Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Sterile Processing certificate. Completion of Sterile Processing certificate does not guarantee placement into the Surgical Technology program.
  2. Accuplacer test: Reading Comprehension within last 3 years and Arithmetic with last 2 years or appropriate test score OR Associates or Bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.
  3. ATI TEAS: Adjusted Individual Total Score of 60% or higher

Second year courses are restricted to students admitted to the Surgical Technology program. A medical exam is REQUIRED.

Submit as a complete Application PDF Surg Tech Application file to

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Minnesota 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.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following nineteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 1106  Principles of Biology (Goal 2&3) 4
 BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I (Goal 2&3) 4
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II (Goal 2&3) 4

PSYC 1406 or
PSYC 1506

General Psychology (Goal 5) or PSYC 1506  Lifespan Development (Goal 5) 4

SPCH 1200 or
SPCH 1500

Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1&7) or SPCH 1500 Intercultural Communication (Goal 1&7) 3

Program Sequence

First Semester 6
BIOL 1106  Principles of Biology 4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication 2
Second Semester 10
 BIOL 2100  Anatomy & Physiology I 4
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology 2
PSYC 1406/PSYC 1506 General Psychology/Lifespan Development 4
Third Semester 12
 BIOL 2200  Anatomy & Physiology II 4
SPCH 1200/SPCH 1500 Interpersonal Communication/Intercultural Communication 3
 SURG 1003 Sterile Processing 3
 SURG 1005 Surgical Microbiology 2
Fourth Semester 12
 SURG 1010  Surgical Pharmacology
 SURG 1026  Operating Room Theory
 SURG 1027  Operating Room Techniques
 SURG 1035  Operating Room Procedures I
Fifth Semester 20
 SURG 1037  Operating Room Procedures II
 SURG 2000  OR (Operating Room) Clinical

All BIOL courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher. All other courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

The Sterile Processing certificate is a prerequisite to the Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

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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.

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

National Certification Exam Results

Year Pass Rate
2023 100%
2022 94%
2021 90%
2020 87%
June 2019 88%
January 2019 100%
May 2018 93%
January 2018


June 2017  100%
January 2017 83%
June 2016 100%
June 2015 81%

June 2014


January 2014  100%
June 2013  100%
January 2013  100%

Our programs prepares students for the CST exam which is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). According to AST (association of Surgical Technologists) the following states have passed law related to the education and certification of surgical technologists: Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Idaho. The following states require surgical technologists to register in order to work in the state: Colorado, North Dakota, and Washington. The following states offer optional registration/title protection for surgical technologists: Arkansas, Illinois, and Virginia. It appears AST has a resource for determining state laws for surgical technologists which can be found here:

At this time we are unable to determine if our programs meet the licensure requirements for any state besides Minnesota.

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

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