Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians or surgical technicians, assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical nurses before, during, and after surgical procedures. They set up operating rooms, surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies in preparation for surgical procedures. They may also prepare patients for surgery by setting up the sterile field and sterilizing incision sites. Technologists maintain instruments, equipment, and supplies during procedures, and they assist the surgical team in handling equipment during operations. After procedures, they assist in cleaning the operating room and restocking supplies.

Nevada Surgical Technician Schools

The two accredited Surgical Technology programs in Nevada have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and their graduates are eligible to sit for the professional certification exams overseen by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

  • College of Southern Nevada: The Surgical Technology program at CSN's Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences is a degree program that awards an Associate of Applied Science degree to graduates. It is designed to be completed in three semesters, the last of which is a hands-on clinical practicum. However, applicants must complete pre-requisite courses in biology, English composition, medical terminology, and an introduction to surgical technology. These courses may add another semester or more to the time required to complete the program, and these courses must be successfully completed before the applicant will be considered for admission to the surgical technology program. Participants must complete an additional 16 hours of general education requirements before graduation.

  • Nevada Career Institute: The Surgical Technology program at NCI is a diploma program that focuses on professional training rather than general education. The curriculum includes training in anatomy, fundamentals of surgical technology, asepsis, sterile processing, and lab procedures. Participants will get hands-on training in surgical procedures, both in the lab and in actual clinical settings in a healthcare facility. The program also includes a component designed to prepare students to take the national certification exams.

What to Expect from Nevada Surgical Technician Schools

Surgical technologists are trained in surgical procedures, surgical technology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, and microbiology. Because they play an important role in interacting with both the surgical team and patients, they are also trained in patient care, clinical procedures, and communication. Here are some examples of courses you may encounter:

  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Anesthesia and pharmacology
  • Clinical practice
  • Patient care

Participants in comprehensive degree programs can expect additional coursework in general education subjects, including:

  • Written composition
  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Arts and humanities
  • Human relations
  • Government

Nevada Surgical Technician Certification

Technologists in Nevada typically need to be registered as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in order to qualify for most jobs in the field. This industry standard credential is awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Candidates must have graduated from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to be eligible to sit for certification exams, and they will be awarded the CST certification upon successful completion of those exams.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Nevada

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More Nevada Surgical Technology Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Las Vegas
Las Vegas

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Nevada. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise660 $61,780
Reno210 $53,740


  1. Surgical Technology, College of Southern Nevada, http://sites.csn.edu/health/surgical-tech.html
  2. Surgical Technology, Nevada Career Institute, http://www.nevadacareerinstitute.com/programs/surgical-technology/

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