Surgical Technology / Surgical Assisting

As a surgical technologist and surgical assistant, you will be working as an essential member of the surgical team consisting of surgeons, nurses and anesthesia. You will learn how to provide surgeons with the instruments and equipment necessary to perform surgery, how to assist the surgeon during the procedure and how to provide pre and post-operative care in the office setting.

This three consecutive year program is one of the first bachelor’s degree programs in the country to combine surgical technology, first assistant and office practice training, which goes beyond traditional surgical technology programs. Upon graduation, students receive the Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting (BSST) degree. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination for surgical technology and surgical assisting through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

“The BSST program at Bellin College offers multiple areas of expertise for students to choose from. Graduates have great earning potential and the opportunity to quickly advance in their careers, with employment options throughout many communities. We are looking forward to working with students and graduates of this program.”

Maria Klim, Vice President of Surgery and Anesthesia Services, Bellin Hospital

BSST Program Outcomes

Program Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Applied didactic concepts into the clinical setting, demonstrating critical thinking.
  2. Applied theories of surgical technology to real life scenarios.

Program Goal 2: Students will have an understanding and appreciation for optimum aseptic technique and infection prevention

Student Learning Outcome:

  1. Practiced aspetic technique and infection prevent safety.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing principles and practices.

Program Goal 3: Students will demonstrate professional behavior and effective communication skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtained student membership in professional organization (s).
  2. Delivered a formal presentation.

Program Goal 4: Students will demonstrate entry-level competency in surgical technology and surgical assisting

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrated entry level clinical competency in operating room and clinical procedures.
  2. Prepared to enter the profession as a certified Surgical Technologist/Surgical Assistant.

Program Goal 5: Graduates will portray leadership skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Successfully complete a leadership course.
  2. Served as a volunteer for a college/community event.
Program Philosophy

In association with the mission of Bellin College, it is the intention of the surgical technology/surgical assistant program to educate students who will function as proficient health care professionals and team members possessing a constant concern for quality patient care and technical competency. It is the Program’s intention to maintain the highest standards guaranteeing graduates their eligibility for examination by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Academic Plan

A three-year academic plan of study for those with few or no prior college credits seeking a Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology. 120 Credits (62 BSST, 58 General Education)

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Bellin College’s surgical technology/surgical assisting program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Bachelor of Science in Surgical Technology/Surgical Assisting (BSST) degree at Bellin College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

With a small class, our three consecutive year program will provide you with excellent opportunities, resources, and state-of-the-art facilities to excel in your academic and clinical experience. In addition, our unique program will offer you:

  • Direct admission with no waitlist
  • Bachelor’s degree in three years
  • Excellent opportunities, resources, and state of the art facilities to excel your academic and clinical experience
  • Broad education that expands career opportunities beyond the operating room
  • Preparation for leadership roles
  • Better prepared to work as a member of the surgical team, which will improve employability
  • Tuition less than other health sciences roles
  • Employable prior to graduation
  • Foundation for advanced degrees (IE Physician Assistant)
  • *Median annual wage of surgical technologists: $48,300 (According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)



Please contact Bellin College Admissions at,
(920) 433-6650, or use our online contact form.

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