PROFESSION information

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

In addition, the aging of the large baby-boom generation is expected to increase the need for surgical technologists because older people usually require more operations. Moreover, as these individuals age, they may be more willing than those in previous generations to seek medical treatment to improve their quality of life. For example, an individual may decide to have a knee replacement operation in order to maintain an active lifestyle or to have cataracts removed to improve vision.

Demand for technologists varies among communities and geographic regions. Prospective students are advised to assess the market for graduates within the region in which they would like to work before matriculating in an educational program. Such information is likely to be available through local employment offices, local accredited programs, and hospital councils or hospitals. The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $46,310 in May 2017.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at (visited November 18, 2018).


Graduates of DSU’s Surgical Technology program are eligible to take the National Board Certifying Examination administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Our students take the exam on campus in May each year.




Learn More: Links to the Profession

The mission of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ASCLS) is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists and surgical first assistants, thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting.

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.



Heather Osness

Interim Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4842

Office: Taylor 258

Rachel Stewart

Academic Advisor


Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: HPC 321

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207/HPC 322