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Surgical Technology

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Surgical Technology

Beginning in fall 2019, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College will be the only college in the state to offer an Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology. Through a comprehensive yet compact curriculum, this program will prepare students with surgery-related knowledge that is not covered in many other health care disciplines.

As a result, graduates from this program will be well equipped for a career with excellent job prospects and the necessary credentials should they wish to continue their studies.

The Profession

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to demand for surgical technologists.

Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. The aging of the large baby-boom generation also 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.

Hospitals will continue to employ surgical technologists to work in operating rooms because they are more cost-effective than higher-paid registered nurses.

The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $41,790 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,710, and the top 10 percent earned more than $60,240.

Employment Information is from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site (

*The Program

The surgical technology program is a full or part-time day program with one cohort of 16 students beginning each fall semester. The full-time program consists of 2 semesters (fall/spring) with a summer session. The part-time program consists of 4 semesters (2 fall/2 spring) with a summer session. The program is located at the Main UA - Pulaski Tech Campus in North Little Rock. Graduates receive an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology.

Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies the student to sit for the national certification exam. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure certification.

The program consists of 39 credits of prerequisites course work and 31 credits in the surgical technology curriculum for a total of 70 credits.

*Curriculum and degree plan information will be available soon.

Why Earn an Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology at UA - Pulaski Tech?

  • Students receive the training they need  in only 10 months and are prepared to work immediately upon graduation.
  • A two-year, part-time option allows students to complete prerequisite courses if they need to work while attending UA-PTC.
  • The associate’s degree applies toward a bachelor’s degree, unlike many other surgical technology programs, thus serving as a stepping stone to pursuing higher degrees.
  • Students train with multi-professional teams, preparing them for real-life situations in the operating room.
  • Opportunities to work in medically underserved communities broaden the learning experience.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Admission Factors

Admission to the surgical technology program is competitive and based on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement
  • Reading and mathematics aptitude
  • Written and oral communication


For questions about the Surgical Technology program, contact Gennie Castleberry, M.Ed., C.S.T.(R). at [email protected].