Surgical Technology

Train at M State for a rewarding and in-demand career as a surgical technologist, caring for patients during the surgical process.

WDS iconM State's Surgical Technology program trains surgical technologists to be part of a medical team that delivers care for patients before, during and after surgery.

Graduates of this 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree, offered on the Moorhead campus, will be trained to work as active members of surgical teams throughout the surgical process.

The Certified Surgical Technology (CST) exam program board pass rates for first-time M State examinees were:

  • 75% in 2019-20
  • 82% in 2020-21
  • 75% in 2021-22
  • 85% in 2022-23

Here is what you'll learn

  • Role as an active member of the operating room team
  • Professional behavior, communication and collaboration in providing safe patient care
  • Proper procedures for patient safety, asepsis and infection control
  • Proficiency in the use of surgical equipment, supplies and instruments
  • Professional and ethical skills
  • Effective therapeutic communication with the patient and perioperative team
  • Efficient use of technology in the perioperative setting

Fall 2024 Surgical Technology program application information 

Surgical Technology is a selective admissions program.

1. Apply to M State

2. Review the Surgical Technology program admission requirements

3. Apply to the Surgical Technology program 
    Round 1 application deadline: May 15, 2024
    Round 2 application deadline: August 1, 2024

New applicants to the fall 2024 Surgical Technology program must have completed the following three courses within the five years prior to their start date/acceptance into the core program: BIOL 2260/2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab; BIOL 2262/2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab; BIOL 2267/2268 Medical Microbiology Lecture/Lab.

Surgical Technology sponsorships

Details about the Sanford Health Surgical Technology Sponsorship Program are available here.

Click here to learn about Essentia Health's Employment to Education sponsorship for Surgical Technology students.

Program accreditation

CAAHEP LogoThe 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. CAAHEP can be contacted at: 9355 113th St N #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; phone number: 727.210.2350; email:

Background check, immunizations required

Students in the program must meet criminal background check requirements and have current immunizations. Requirements are outlined in the program application.