Surgical Technology

Prospective Students


Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They also hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment. Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure. Over 70% of surgical technologists are employed in hospitals and may work or be on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.

The Degree

The nationally accredited Surgical Technology professional program at Dixie State University is an admission-limited, one-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. The program is open to all academically qualified applicants.

The Surgical Technology professional program is admission-limited meaning that, through a competitive application process, one cohort of no more than 12 students is admitted to the professional program per year. The start date for the program is the first day of classes of the DSU fall semester.


The intensive nine-month program combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Board Certifying Examination offered by the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

More details


To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Dixie State University student. The applicant must then complete a separate application to the Surgical Technology program.

Applicants must verify that they are able to perform the essential functions of a surgical technologist. Some of the program’s clinical sites require that students be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for clinical rotation placement.

More details


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