Train at M State for a career in surgical technology, working as part of a medical team that cares for patients during the surgical process.
M State's Surgical Technology program trains operating room technologists to be part of the medical teams that deliver care for patients before, during and after surgery.
Graduates of the 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree program will be prepared to assist physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses throughout the surgical process.
The Certified Surgical Technology (CST) exam program board pass rate for M State students was 86 percent in 2016-17.
Surgical Technology is a selective admissions program.
Step 1: Apply to M State using our online application.
Step 2: Download and read the Surgical Technology Application Packet posted below.
The M State Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Surgical Technologist regional wage
Graduates of M State's Surgical Technology program will have employment opportunities at hospitals, clinics and surgical centers and dental and physician offices where outpatient surgery is performed.
Description: Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Typical education level:Vocational Certificate
All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead
429 Employed in your area
19 Estimated annual job openings
51 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Surgical Technologists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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* Based on county-level occupational demographics *Data sample from Career Coach 03/13/2015
Tuition Rate Total
Non-Resident $160.80/credit* $9,648.00
Resident $160.80/credit* $9,648.00
*This rate will likely adjust to $199.75/credit soon.
Item Rate Total
Application Fee $20
Books $1,000/Year $2,000
Laptop Computer $1,000/One Time $1000
Parking Fee $2/Credit $120
Student Activity Fee $5.50/Credit $330
Student Association Fee $0.31/Credit $18.60
Technology Fee $10/Credit $600
National Background Check $65
Minnesota Department of Health Background Check $20
ND State Board of Nursing Registry $150
Practice CST Test $50
Lab Skills Kit $73.72
Tuition Other Costs Total
Non-Resident $9,648.00 $4,777.32 $14,425.32
Resident $9,648.00 $4,777.32 $14,425.32