Surgical Technologist: Online Certificate Program

A medical professional in sterile garb working with equipment

This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Join the fast-paced, rewarding medical field as a surgical technologist. By supporting surgeons in the operating room, you’ll support positive patient outcomes and gain skills needed to launch your career in healthcare — without years of schooling.

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Course length

18 weeks

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Weekly time commitment

16 hours

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Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, work alongside surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals during a surgical operation. You’ll make good money working in a fast-paced, stimulating environment that is not for the faint of heart. Surgical technologists are exposed to intense medical situations and must remain calm in high-stress, life-or-death scenarios. You must be prepared to work in these extreme environments.

This surgical technologist program provides students with hands-on learning experiences. Surgical procedures are demonstrated using virtual tools or live-recorded video and are simulated — allowing you to immerse yourself in a virtual experience that is engaging, safe and repeatable.

This program prepares students to become Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Professionals who earn the NCCT designation have the clinical skills and knowledge for maintaining asepsis during surgery, anticipating the surgeon’s needs and remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient.

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

Surgical technologists in the 90th percentile of earners in their field make more than $29 per hour.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is this Surgical Technologist Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you a good communicator who can work well with a team?  
  • Are you detail-oriented, precise and able to follow instructions carefully?  
  • Are you dexterous and comfortable working with your hands to prepare medical areas for patients?  
  • Do you have the physical stamina needed to be on your feet frequently? 

Career Paths

Surgical Assistant
Surgical Technologist
Operating Room Technician
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Registered Nurse (RN)