AAS Degree in Surgical Technology

Learn rigorous training that will focus on skills, knowledge, and behavioral areas. Gain the ability to function as a professional member of a surgical team, support other team members, and provide patient care. Codes, laws regulations, and procedures of Surgical Technologists will be taught and adhered to.

The Robert Morris University Surgical Technology program is delivered with the cooperation of prominent health care providers. The degree is designed to meet the standards required to take the National Certification examination for Surgical Technologists written and administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Students must sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting as a graduation requirement.

Please view the Surgical Technology course list for details on the curriculum.

Prepare to provide patient care before, during, and after surgery in the high-tech operating room (OR).

  • Set up surgical instruments and equipment.
  • Help maintain a safe, therapeutic environment for patients undergoing surgery.
  • Transport patients pre-op and post-op.
  • Prepare and handle instruments during surgical procedures.
RMU prepares you to sit for the following certification:
  • CST - National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting


The Robert Morris University Surgical Technology Program (Chicago) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)*, upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assiting (ARC-STSA).

*Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida, 33756, (727) 210-2350.

The College of Nursing & Health Studies at Robert Morris University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  RMU requires that students pass a background check, drug screen, and complete the RMU Health Form prior to registering for clinical externships. 

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants in the Surgical Technology Program may qualify for a Health Care Scholarship of up to $4,500 per year for four academic years at RMU.

An ACT score requirement for this scholarship does apply.

Surgical Rotations

Surgical rotations will be completed at partner hospitals. Clinical Affiliations include:

  • University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456). Robert Morris serves over 7000 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.