The Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program at National American University's school in Bellevue (Omaha, Nebraska Metro Area) prepares students from diverse backgrounds to perform the tasks expected of an entry-level surgical tech in an operating room setting. Students are prepared for this career path via a student-centered, performance-based curriculum that uses ongoing skills assessments and offers hands-on experience by way of a clinical externship.
Surgical technologists are specialists in practicing sterile technique, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, and assisting the surgeon in all phases in surgery. These professionals play a key role in preparing, maintaining, and protecting the surgical sterile field. Surgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare industry.
- Introduction to Surgical Technology
- Surgical Procedures Labs
- Surgical Cases
- Surgical Technology Externship
Students in some programs may be required to take online classes and attend classes at different locations.
Additional Program Info
The graduates of the program will:
- Apply healthcare laws, regulations, accreditation, licensure, certification standards, and ethics related to the surgical technology profession.
- Demonstrate the principles of asepsis and sterile technique in the operative setting.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the skills and procedures outlined by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) in the most recent Core Curriculum publication.
- Apply ethics, professionalism, and good decision-making skills in preparing for and participating in a surgical procedure.
- Create a professional development plan to achieve and maintain certification.
(All estimates are approximate only)
A criminal record will jeopardize a student’s eligibility for externship and/or employment as a surgical technologist.
Students considering enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science Surgical Technology program should first contact the appropriate certification agency in the state in which they reside or plan to work to determine whether certification is required to work as a surgical technologist in that state.
“I feel like I am able to communicate on a personal level with each student about the curriculum and subject matter. National American University has an absolutely fabulous online learning platform that makes it very easy to facilitate a powerful learning environment where students can increase knowledge and skills. I view my position as being able to facilitate this learning and guide students down the path that will lead to the most success for them.”
Rebecca Lyn Williford – Instructor (faculty)
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About Bellevue (Omaha Metro)
NNational American University’s Bellevue campus is conveniently located in the heart of the Omaha metro area. The Bellevue campus has been serving students in Nebraska since fall 2011, and is considered one of NAU’s premier campus locations. In addition to its strong business and health care curriculum, the Bellevue campus offers excellent degree programs in information technology, medical assisting, and criminal justice. Located at the intersection of Highway 370 and 36th Street in Bellevue, the campus is convenient to anywhere in the metro area and surrounding communities.