The Lasell University Surgical Technology Certificate is a twelve-month, full-time program 36-credit certificate program that trains you to become an entry-level Surgical Technologist. 

The mission of the Lasell University Surgical Technologist Certificate program is to educate competent and compassionate healthcare professionals to be responsive to culturally diverse populations and to communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare professionals. 

What is a Surgical Technologist?

Surgical technologists are healthcare professionals who support surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in an operating room to deliver optimal patient care. Essential members of the surgical team, surgical technologists engage in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative job duties that include preparing the operating room, securing supplies, setting up equipment and instruments, anticipating the surgeon’s needs during the surgical procedure, passing instruments, fluids and supplies, and monitoring and assessing room conditions. Surgical Technologists are responsible for maintaining the sterile field and being constantly vigilant that all members of the operating room team adhere to the aseptic technique. 

Surgical Technology Program Mission

The mission of the Lasell University Surgical Technology Program is to prepare entry-level Surgical Technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession while providing a student-centered learning environment that fosters the academic, professional, and personal growth of students. The program is built upon three core values: Academic Integrity, Social Responsibility, and Clinical Excellence.  See our program goals here. 

What you will learn

The Surgical Technology Program at Lasell University is a hybrid program that includes courses on-campus, online and clinical rotation.  The program offers students a comprehensive educational experience inclusive of didactic, psychomotor, and clinical education in a state-of-the-art Science and Technology Center on the Lasell University campus. The application of laboratory skills will occur in a clinical setting at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and hospitals statewide affiliated with the Mass General Brigham Integrated Healthcare System.

  • Basic science, medical terminology and technology
  • Operating room safety, policy and procedure
  • Principles of asepsis and sterilization techniques
  • Facilitate physician's invasive and non-invasive surgical performance

Clinical Rotation

Students will scrub in on a minimum of 120 surgical procedures at approved hospitals and medical centers to meet the clinical education requirement.  All didactic, classroom coursework, must be completed before starting the clinical phase of the program.   


The Surgical Technology Certificate program tuition is $640 per credit, for a total
program cost of $23,040.

Pathway to a Bachelor's Degree

The courses taken in the Surgical Technology program can be used towards earning a Bachelor of Health Science degree. 

Surgical Technologist Job Demand & Outlook

Over the next decade, the demand for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase by 11.7%
nationally and 8.6% locally. In the past year, Massachusetts posted 1,512 Surgical
Technologists' jobs and 62,737 positions were posted nationwide. The Massachusetts Health
Care System is challenged by a shortfall of certified Surgical Technologists evidenced by an
average of 57 days to fill an open position.

Career Outcomes & Salary 

Graduates of the Surgical Technology Certificate program could find jobs in various healthcare settings, such as hospital operating rooms, private surgery clinics, outpatient care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, veterinary medicine, and medical equipment sales. To learn more about more goals and outcomes view The Student Handbook


During this 12-month 36-credit program, students will complete all didactic and laboratory coursework, in addition to 24 credit hours of clinical education. Below is a sample academic plan.

Surgical Technology Program

 Session  Course Number  Course Title  Credits   Delivery
Semester 1
I BIO101 Principles of Biology  4 Online
I BIO104 Foundations of Health Professions  3 Online
II BIO205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Online
Total 11
Semester 2
Main BIO211 Microbiology 4 On campus
Main BIO301 Pathophysiology 3 Online
II SUR101 Surgical Technologist I 6 On campus/hospital - 9 hrs/day, 2X/wk 
Total  13
Semester 3
I SUR201 Surgical Technologist II 6 On campus/hospital
II SUR301 Surgical Technologist III 6 On campus/hospital
Total 12
Program Total Credits: 36

Course Descriptions

BIO101 - Principles of Biology I

This is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in biology to develop an appreciation for the patterns and functions that characterize living organisms. Emphasis is placed on cellular biology. Topics include: the chemistry of life, cell structure, and cell metabolism (respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis.) Co-requisites: BIO101L.

*Online version of this course includes a virtual lab component

BIO104 - Foundations in the Health Professions

This course explores various health care professions including educational and licensing requirements. The concepts of professionalism, professional interactions, cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, health care teams, and current healthcare policies will be addressed throughout the course. Students will increase their knowledge of the various health care professions through interactions with guest speakers, problem-based learning assignments and projects. 

BIO205 - Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a comprehensive course focusing on the structure and function of the human body. The course introduces students to aspects of human biology ranging from the chemical basis of life and cell biology to the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems. Topics covered include cell biology, major body tissues, and the structure and function of the following systems: skin, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. The laboratory component includes dissection. Corequisite: BIO 205L. 

*Online version of this course includes a virtual lab component 

BIO211 – Microbiology

This lecture and laboratory introduce the microbial world and the laboratory techniques required for its study. Topics include the basic characteristics of fungi, algae, bacteria, and viruses. Topics and applications that relate to humans are emphasized. Prerequisite: BIO101. Corequisite: BIO211L 

SUR 101 Surgical Technologist I

In this course, students complete a lecture and laboratory component that introduces them to the principles and practice of surgical technology. Students will be introduced to the basics of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical case management. Topic addresses throughout this course include organization and layout of operating rooms; hospital administration; patient care and safety; sterilization techniques; surgical pharmacology and anesthesia; preparation, care, and handling of instrumentation; operation room equipment and supplies; surgical wound closure; wound healing and management; development of surgical conscience; and ethical, moral, and legal issues in health care. Successful completion of this course with a C or better is required for clinical placement.  

SUR 201 Surgical Technologist II

This course provides students with extensive clinical practice in surgical procedures. Students engage in the application of didactic knowledge through laboratory application and clinical practice. Didactic material is presented by specialty area and reinforced by relevant science knowledge, pathologies, diagnostic testing and procedures, preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative procedures, instrumentation and equipment, pharmacology, and operating room patient preparation. Pre-requisite SUR 101 and all first-semester courses.  

SUR 301 Surgical Technologist III

This course emphasizes career readiness and prepares students for the transition to practice. Throughout this course students will prepare for the National Certificate Examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) upon graduation. Additional topics covered in this course include, resume writing, interviewing skills, and acquire basic computer and technology skills. Students will develop their oral and written communication skills to support professional interactions in the workplace. This course requires program director permission.  


These certificates are suited for students who have graduated from high school but does not have a college degree and those who already have a college degree but are looking to change careers.  This program offers 3 starts in January, May and September.   

The deadline to apply for a May start is April 10, 2022.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  • Completed application form
  • Official College Transcript if you have completed college-level coursework of 12 credits or more
    Official high school transcript or GED record, (if you have not attended college or less than 12 credits of college-level work) is needed, or a copy of your diploma
    • High school transcripts/diplomas coursework completed outside the United States, must be evaluated and translated by a third-party documentation service such as CED, WES, or SpanTran.
  • One-page personal statement describing your career goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in the program
  • 1 letter of recommendation from supervisors, co-workers in a position of leadership or teachers

Your documents can be uploaded to the Lasell Admissions Portal.

Prior to starting clinicals, students are required to be certified in CPR.

Contact us:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466


Are there any courses that are helpful to have taken before starting the program? 

It is recommended but not required that students take a life sciences class in High School. Prior to starting clinical students are required to be certified in CPR.

How do I get my official high school or college transcripts? 

You can request your high school transcripts by either going through your high school self-service app or calling your high school and request a transcript. They will most likely have you fill out an online form.