B.S. Health Sciences: Surgical Technology (extended major)

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 surgical technology.


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check NAUís course catalog to find out. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.

Major Requirements

You take 81 units, which include a common health sciences core for all six allied health majors (subplans) and distinct specialization requirements for each. Please note that you must have a grade of C or better for all of your major courses.


The 21 units of health sciences core courses include:

In addition, you take 60 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.

General Electives

Additional coursework must be taken 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 werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)


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