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. Students. 

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. 

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 500 clinical hours include 500 clinical hours and scrub in on a minimum of 120 surgical procedures at approved hospitals and medical centers.  All 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's of Heath 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 a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospital operating rooms, private surgery clinics, outpatient care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, veterinary medicine, and medical equipment sales. 


During this 12-month 36-credit program, students will complete all didactic and laboratory coursework, in addition to 24 credit hours of clinical education. Clinical education includes a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours. To maintain accreditation compliance standards for surgical rotation case requirements, and the first/second scrub role/observation, students must comply with the standard of 120 cases.

Course Number  Course Title  Credits 
Required Courses
BIO101 Principles of Biology  4
BIO104 Foundations of Health Professions  3
BIO205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO211 Microbiology 4
BIO301 Pathophysiology 3
SUR Surgical Technologist I 6
SUR Surgical Technologist II 6
SUR Surgical Technologist III 6
Total 36


These certificates are suited for students who do 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 January start, is November 16, 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 clinical 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.