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Associate Degree

Surgical Technology Program
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Associate Degree

Surgical Technology Program
New Orleans, Louisiana

Your new career as a surgical technologist IS possible.

AccreditationABHES accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 48 approved credits
FormatOnline gen eds + on-campus classes in New Orleans, Louisiana
QuickPathsDiscover pathways to continue advancing your education (BS, MBA)

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Surgical Technology

Overview: Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology is a 65-credit undergraduate program which prepares you for a career as a surgical technologist. The New Orleans campus degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in surgical pharmacology, surgical principles and practice, surgical procedures, and much more.

Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

Experienced faculty

Get face-to-face instruction from experienced and credentialed faculty with real-world success in the field.

Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

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Classes, program length and curriculum details

As a student in Herzing's New Orleans, Louisiana surgical technology program, you'll be prepared with the skills needed to work effectively as an integral part of a surgical team.  The coursework includes anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical terminology, in addition to core surgical technology classes. At the end of the core classes you will complete 540 hours of hands-on practice at clinical sites for 3 months and sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be prepared for entry-level surgical technology positions in the operating room or other surgical healthcare settings.

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology2065

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

General Education Prerequisites

The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the Surgical Technology program: Anatomy and Physiology with Lab General Microbiology with Lab All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the Surgical Technology program. A student who is dropped from the program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University, may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the Surgical Technology program in a future cycle.

Required Support Course #

12.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Surgical Technology Courses

All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.

General Education Requirements #

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊includes 6.0 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements.* 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics ◊Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above. * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 24.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program is $464 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.


How to become a surgical technologist

Earning an associate degree in surgical technology is considered the preferred educational model for entry-level positions by the Associate of Surgical Technologists (AST).

  1. Earn your high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  2. Enroll in a surgical tech program and earn your degree
  3. Get certified by passing the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination
  4. Find your first job as a surgical technologist!

By successfully completing Herzing's ABHES-accredited1 surgical technologist degree program in New Orleans, Louisiana, you'll be prepared to work in this growing profession and be an essential part of the healthcare team. You will also be eligible to take the CST examination offered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Surgical Tech Program Requirements New Orleans Louisiana
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Now Through March 31st


Frequently Asked Questions

The surgical technology associate degree program takes about 20 months to complete on average, meaning you can earn your degree and start your new career in 2 years or less.

The short answer: no.

Becoming a certified surgical technologist requires hands-on training to be able to perform the day-to-day requirements of the job. This isn’t something you can learn entirely from online coursework. You will need to graduate with an associate degree from an accredited surgical technologist program like Herzing’s.

However, there is an online component of the Herzing program—you may complete some of your general education classes online.

There are many unique job titles within surgical technology. Going back to school and earning your associate degree gives you further opportunity to climb the career ladder in the operating room. Potential job titles could include:

  • Surgical Technologist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Scrub Tech
  • Operating Room Technician
  • Operating Room Assistant

Note: Becoming a “Surgical Assistant” requires additional education and is not within the surgical technology scope of practice. A surgical tech program does not offer surgical assistant training.

Healthcare institutions may have their own conventions for how positions are titled, the education/certification they require, and the specific roles and responsibilities assigned to each.

Earning your associate degree in surgical technology from Herzing University provides the education you need to thrive as a surgical technologist and carve your own unique career path in the OR.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for surgical technologists in Louisiana is $47,470 per year ($22.82 per hour).* Pay depends largely on where you work, the type of healthcare institution you work for, your education and level of experience. Keep in mind this is not an entry-level salary; you will need to work towards this level of pay.

Surgical Technologists are also cross trained for several different departments related to surgery, and also have the option of over-time pay, and shift differential. Additionally, many of our affiliate hospitals offer tuition reimbursement for employees, enabling the surgical technologist to advance their education.

Are surgical techs in high demand?

As the number of surgeries increases to meet the needs of our aging population, so will the career opportunities for surgical technologists. The BLS projects a 5% increase in demand nationwide for surgical technologists from 2022-2032.*

Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They also get patients ready for surgery as well as pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants during surgery.

Surgical technologists advance by specializing in a specific area of surgery, such as neurosurgery or open-heart surgery.

  • Certified surgical technologists with additional specialized education or training also may act in the role of the surgical first assistant or circulator. The surgical first assistant, as defined by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), provides aid in exposure, hemostasis (controlling blood flow and stopping or preventing hemorrhage), and other technical functions under the surgeon’s direct supervision, assisting with a safe operation.
  • A circulating technologist is the “unsterile” member of the surgical team who interviews the patient before surgery, prepares the patient, helps with anesthesia, obtains and opens packages for the “sterile” people to remove the sterile contents during the procedure, keeps a written account of the surgical procedure, and answers the surgeon’s questions about the patient during the surgery.
  • Some surgical technologists manage central supply departments and sterile processing instrument departments in hospitals, work as private scrubs for surgeons, work in tissue retrieval and procurement, are employed as sales representatives for medical device manufacturers, teach and direct in surgical technology programs in colleges and universities, or take positions with insurance companies.

Get a preview of the career and walk through the day in the life of a surgical tech.

With an associate degree in surgical technology, you can expect to work in a hospital, outpatient care center, privately for a surgeon, or ambulatory surgical facility. Typically, surgical technologists work a regular 40-hour week, although you could be on call or work nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.

As a graduate of our program, you will be prepared for an entry-level career as a surgical tech in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Complex math isn’t part of the day-to-day for the typical surgical technologist. Simple calculations or unit conversion may be required, but no further advanced math skills will be commonly needed.

There is a 3 credit hour general education requirement for mathematics as part of the Herzing surgical technology program.

Here is the primary general distinction:

  • Sterile Processing Technicians are responsible for sterilizing equipment needed for medical procedures. Their duties are primarily outside of the operating room; however, their job function is critical to the operating room.
  • Surgical Technologists are responsible for aseptic technique, understanding surgical procedures and instruments, maintaining the sterile field, passing instruments during the sequence of the procedure, as well as many other duties. They function as the masters of aseptic technique in the operating room.

Job titles, duties and responsibilities can vary between different healthcare institutions. Different states might have their own unique restrictions for who is qualified to handle what responsibilities. Some states require that the surgical technologist have a current certification for employment. Some surgical technologists handle the sterilization of equipment as well.

Earning your associate degree and becoming a certified surgical technologist is your ticket to becoming an indispensable member of a surgical team, handle many different types of tasks and become highly valuable to employers.


Go back to school and start a new career in healthcare

Also called surg techs, scrubs, and surgical or operating room technicians, surgical technologists work under the supervision of registered nurses, creating and maintaining the sterile field, passing instruments, holding retractors, cutting sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies, instruments and more. A career as a surgical technologist could be right for you if you:

  • Are well organized and detail oriented
  • Are not squeamish about watching surgery and being expose to blood and other bodily fluids, as well as smells
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Work well in a team
  • Work well under pressure
  • Can quickly respond to multiple requests
  • Can communicate clearly and concisely
  • Have discipline, concentration and stamina

Graduates from surgical technology programs like Herzing’s are members of operating room teams, consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Potential job titles include Surgical Technologist, Lead Surgical Technologist, Travel Surgical Technologist and Material Manager.


Accreditations & Disclosures

1. The Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program at the New Orleans Campus is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES, 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 730, North Bethesda, MD 20852, (301) 291-7550,

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program in New Orleans, Louisiana

Come visit our campus in New Orleans, Louisiana to get a feel for the learning environment and learn more about our surgical technology associate degree program. We are located east of the airport just south of I10.

New Orleans Campus

3900 North Causeway Blvd Suite 800
Metairie, Louisiana 70002
(504) 613-4295

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Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology New Orleans Campus
Cost per Credit$515.00
Base Tuition$33,475.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (48 x $515.00 )(-$24,720.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$8,755.00
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,060.00
Total Semesters 1
Total Credits
Estimated Cost 2
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Estimated Savings*

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.


Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email, call (262) 735-6189, or visit

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.


The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources


Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list


Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree


Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)


Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the New Orleans campus:

Nyra George
Director of Financial Aid


Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.


Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for all programs are effective through the Summer 2024 semester.