Surgical Technology (A.A.S.)

Surgical Technology associate degree program

The Surgical Technology associate degree program prepares you for a career as a professional member of a surgical team.

Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during a range of surgical procedures. They also may be responsible for ensuring aseptic conditions in the operating room, as well as cleaning and preparing all instruments that might be needed in an operation. They are often the first professional to arrive in the operating room and the last to leave.

The degree program is ideal for those interested in entering the field of surgical technology and who are looking for an accredited program to gain certification.

The college also offers a certificate in Surgical Technology. Both programs are offered through the Nursing Department. Contact the department to speak with an advisor about whether the degree or certificate program is right for you.

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Program Highlights

  • This is the only program of its kind in the Capital Region. It is only one of four similar programs in the SUNY system.
  • The program curriculum is designed in an accelerated format and is completed over four consecutive semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall.  
  • The surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the surgical technology committee on accreditation.
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; (727) 210-2350;

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of surgical technologists is expected to grow 30 percent between 2015 and 2022. As of 2015, employers in New York State are required to hire certified surgical technologists from an accredited program. The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $44,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015).

Career paths may include: certified surgical technologist or operating room technician.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Shawn Jeune
Program Director
(518) 629-7469

Martha Desmond
Department Chair
Nursing Department
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204
(518) 629-7469

For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309