Surgical Tech Schools in Nebraska


If you are looking for schools in Nebraska that offer a degree in Surgical Technology, then look further!

Below you will find a complete list of all the surgical tech schools located in Nebraska along with direct links to their programs website, contact information, and details about the degrees offered.  You will also find information regarding the credit hours required for each degree and tuition costs.

Whether you are looking for schools near Omaha, Lincoln, or Bellevue; if they offer a BA, AA, or Surgical Technologist Certificate, they are listed here!

Nebraska Surgical Tech Schools

School NameCityDegreeCredit HoursTuition
Southeast Community College Lincoln AAS Degree $58.50
Northeast Community College Norfolk AAS Degree $82.50
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha AAS Degree 60 $541.00
*Tuition is listed “per credit hour”

Licensing Requirements in Nebraska:


In Nebraska you do not need to be licensed to become a Surgical Tech.  All jobs do require that you either have received your CST Associates Degree from a certified school within the state (or out -of-state), or that you have 2+ years of relevant on-the-job training as a Surgical Technologist.  However, many jobs will require you to become a Certified Surgical Technician through the NBSTSA either before you are hired, or soon after, typically within 6-months to 1-year.

There may also be other “job-specific” requirements depending on the hospital you apply to.  The Kearney Regional Medical Center requires all surgical tech hires to be BCLS Certified (Basic Cardiac Life Support).  The Lincoln Surgical Hospital requires all applicants to be CPR certified.   Many of these additional requirements will depend on the hospital you are applying to.  In order to open up as many job options as possible, it’s good to have these certifications completed even before you start job-hunting.

Average Surgical Tech Starting Salary in Nebraska:

We reviewed the job listings for over 30 jobs that are currently listed as open in Nebraska.  Most of them didn’t list the starting salary in their information.  However, one hospital did: The Nebraska Medical Center – $16.92/HR.

Many of the other Hospitals listed the salary as “Competitive” or “based on experience” so you can assume the starting salary at these will be similar.  Many others listed benefits as: flexible scheduling, paid vacation days, and one listing for an operating room technician in North Platte offered a signing bonus (amount undisclosed).

Common Required Qualifications in Nebraska:

Most of the jobs we reviewed required either a two-year degree from an accredited school in Surgical Technology, or a high school diploma + equivalent experience to a two year degree.  My guess is that it would be VERY difficult to get a job without an associates degree, unless the hospital was very rural, or for some other reason had a hard time finding certified Surgical Techs.  The “equivalent training” is probably most commonly used for very experienced (older) people who have been in the job field for so long that it wasn’t a requirement to have a degree when they started.  Now almost any hospital will want you to have that two year degree before hiring anyone who is just entering the field.

Preferred qualifications:

Many jobs list several “preferred qualifications” on their application.  In Nebraska these included things like:

  • Prior Experience as a Surgical Tech
  • General Knowledge of Surgical Equipment
  • Ability to speak, Read, and Write English and Spanish


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