Surgical technologists work closely with the surgical team. It’s an intense role where the surgical technologist must be highly motivated and dedicated to the needs of the patient. To do well in this role you must be able to maintain a stable temperament under pressure. You have to work quickly and with great attention to detail. The surgical technologist works mainly in the “scrub” role. Their goal is to make conditions ideal for each operation. Through experience in the classroom as well as in the operating room, Lake Superior College surgical technology program graduates have an advantage during the search for employment.

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Skills & Knowledge

  • Operating room procedures
  • Manual dexterity and physical stamina
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Plan Your Education

The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Program Guide

“Earning my CNA and phlebotomy certifications at LSC were the first steps on my medical career path to becoming a surgical technologist.”

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Emily KlickStudent, phlebotomy and surgical technology
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Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree. Starting Fall 2018, LSC will charge the same rates regardless of a student’s state of residence. Non-Minnesota residents will pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota residents.

Tuition & Fees

2 Years

The surgical technology AAS degree may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Certified Surgical Technologist in a hospital or ambulatory surgery setting
  • Manager in sterile processing
  • Educator
  • Oral or plastic surgery setting

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Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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The surgical technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP).

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