College of Health and Human Services2013-2014

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Surgical Technology, Bachelor of Science

Flexibility is a hallmark of this degree, which offers online coursework and accepts a significant block of transfer credit for those who are completing or who have completed appropriate community college (or university) surgical technology programs. A strong group of health sciences courses includes grounding in human diseases, health-care ethics, and more.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Surgical Technology?

If you’re in the field or want to be, you know that surgical technology is one of the most exciting careers out there. Do you want to earn your bachelor’s degree while continuing to work? The need for skilled workers in health related fields is skyrocketing, and a bachelor’s degree might contribute to your career advancement.

Our program can provide a convenient, flexible way for students and working professionals to complete their bachelor’s degree. The program will give you an avenue to success, preparing you for employment in hospitals, schools, government health agencies, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations.

Note: To be eligible for this academic plan, students must be admitted to, enrolled in, or be graduates from an associate degree program at a regionally accredited community college or university in an allied health discipline.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Community colleges
  • County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Indian Health Service

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Physical therapist
  • Community health educator
  • Physician
  • Athletic trainer

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 85 units of major requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an HS prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • To be eligible for this academic plan, students must be admitted to, enrolled in, or be graduates from an associate's degree program at a regionally accredited community college or university in:

    • Surgical technology
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 85 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Health sciences core courses include (27 units)
  • In addition, you take up to 58 units of specialization requirements as a block of courses from an associate degree program at a regionally accredited community college or university in surgical technology. This block includes courses that meet the requirements for graduation and for national certification or licensure in the discipline.

  • Note: Prior to beginning the HS 408C capstone course, students must have completed their Associate's degree in the appropriate field. Students must hold a current certification or licensure in their field (if one is available) before and during their capstone course. The student is also required to have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible to enroll in it.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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