What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Move from the classroom to the operating room with a surgical technology career.  Surgical technologists maintain the operating room by selecting and opening sterile supplies, assembling and setting-up equipment for surgical procedures and anticipating the surgeon’s needs while providing the necessary sterile items in an efficient manner.  If you are focused, assertive, organized and a quick thinker, this career might be for you. The operating room can be demanding and stressful, but it can also be a rewarding way to help others and yourself. Among surgical tech schools in Kansas, Washburn Tech is a cut above.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $40,080on campus

Learning at Washburn Tech

surgical tech in operating room

Our surgical technology program is designed to prepare full-time, adult students with the basic skills necessary to become an integral member of the surgical team. You will learn how to prepare the operating room including instruments and surgical supplies, instrumentation during surgical procedures and application of aseptic technique and sterilization procedures. Please read through the admissions packet before applying. Adult applicants, who must have a high school diploma or GED, are eligible to complete an Associate of Science degree in combination with Washburn Tech and Washburn University. Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to sit for the national certifying exam to earn the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential. Pursuit of advanced degree opportunities is also available.

Please note: Many of our clinical partners are requiring students to have the vaccine in order to complete clinical hours.  Due to accrediting body and program clinical requirements, Washburn Tech cannot guarantee that requirements for program completion can be met when a student is not vaccinated.
CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Surgical Technologist; OSHA-10

Washburn Tech's Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA). This allows Washburn Tech's Surgical Technology graduates to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certification Exam. You also can learn more at Association of Surgical Technologists at ast.org.


CAAHEP contact information:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350; Fax: 727.210.2354

Jobs and Salaries

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
The data below refers to surveyed wages and average annual job openings in the state of Kansas due to growth and net replacement. SOURCE: klic.dol.ks.gov

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This is a competitive program. You must be an adult student when starting the program, and prerequisites begin in January, June and August. Please note, the schedule on clinical days is 6 a.m. until 3 p.m..


1 year

Every August

MON - FRI; 8am-2:55pm

Program Cost

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify, and have a high school diploma or GED. To set-up an appointment with a financial aid counselor, call 785.670.3360.
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