Surgical Technology


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.


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. Students are selected for the program based on points received on a surgical technology rubric. Adult applicants, who must have a high school diploma or GED, can complete the program in two semesters.  Upon completion, you will earn a 53 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.  You also will be prepared to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Examination for surgical technologists.


Employment in surgical technology is expected to grow as the country’s population ages. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates job opportunities will be best for technologists who are certified and willing to relocate. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level surgical technologist in 2017 was $15.92 an hour or $33,106 annually. The average wage was $20.03 an hour or $41,667 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $33,106 $15.92
Average $41,667 $20.03


  • Certified Surgical Technologist
  • OSHA-10


This is a competitive program that begins every August. You must be an adult student when starting the program, and prerequisites begin in January, June and August.

Daytime Option:
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)


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

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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