Associate in Science Degree

If you would enjoy a rewarding and exciting career being an integral part of a surgical team that saves lives, then our intensive, experienced-based associate degree in Surgical Technology (ST) will prepare you for an entry-level position in hospital operating rooms, obstetrical departments, perioperative service departments and outpatient surgical centers.

Our Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited program can be completed in a few as 18 months and requires no pre-requisites, getting you into the field quickly. Best of all, in September 2017, New England Institute of Technology received a national merit award by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least a 90% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. The CST is widely recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the country, and required for most positions in the field.

You’ll learn all of the essential Surgical Technologist functions that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients, from surgical instruments and surgical procedures to pharmacology and pathophysiology. You’ll complete 160 hours of intensive, surgical simulation in our two industry-specific ST labs, actively turning theory into practice.

You’ll then complete a 20-week clinical externship in the field, gaining real-world experience and building your résumé. You won’t just be observing – you’ll be working side-by-side with the surgeon, their assistants, and preceptors passing instruments, cutting suture, holding retractors, and suctioning blood and body fluids. Depending on your clinical site, you could learn to use additional technology that saves lives, including:

  • Endovascular equipment
  • Robotics
  • Lasers
  • Laparoscopic equipment

Our faculty, combined, has more than 100 years of experience in the field. Because of our small class and lab sizes, they’ll get to know you and your career aspirations and place you at a suitable clinical rotation site. Our students and graduates have completed clinical rotations and/or secured positions with:

  • All hospitals in Rhode Island
  • Mass General Hospital
  • New England Organ Bank
  • Mass Eye and Ear
  • Hartford Hospital

With further education and/or professional experience, you could also pursue these additional career paths:

  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Labor and Delivery specialist
  • Medical sales rep
  • Central Processing Management

Accreditation Status

The Associate in Science in Surgical Technology program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763, Telephone (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org/. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam administered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

All surgical technology students must take The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist examination before graduation. As reported in the 2018 Annual Report, during the timeframe of 8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017 the pass rate for first-time candidates of the ST program was 100%, whereas the national pass rate was 70%.

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