Surgical Technologist Schools

If your goal is to be a life-saving member of a surgical team, without the years of training that a surgeon must complete, then surgical technology may be the perfect career for you. Not only is it an exciting and rewarding job, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013) projects that it is one of the fastest-growing fields in America. Over the next eight years, need in this area is expected to rise by 30% – more than double that of all other fields (11%), and 25% more (6% higher) than all other healthcare-related fields (24%).

Still, even though becoming a surgical technologist doesn’t require as much education as a doctor or surgeon, it does require completion of a rigorous program that can take between one and a half and two years to complete. Students will learn basic anatomy and medical terminology, understand the differences between various surgical procedures, and know how to prescribe medicines related to those procedures.

One of the main components of a surgical technology program is the practicum. This is a hands-on clinical rotation that allows students to apply their academic learning in a real-world setting. It is also one of the vital requirements to become certified to practice as a surgical technologist.

Although there are many surgical technologist schools from which to choose, matriculation alone may not qualify you to enter the workforce, since some states require you to be board-certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). For this reason, it’s safest and generally best to seek out appropriately accredited programs that help prepare you for board certification.

Surgical Technologist fast facts
Projected Jobs Created39,100
Projected Job Growth30%
Low Salary$29,710
Average Salary (Median)$41, 790
High Salary$60,240
Entry-Level EDUCertification
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Degree & certification Programs

Most Surgical Technologist schools culminate in an Associate’s Degree in Science, Applied Science, or Occupational Science. There are, however, a handful of schools that offer a certificate program or a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a surgical specialty. Associate Degree programs usually take between one and two years, while an accelerated certificate program can be completed in nine months.

Students pursuing a B.S. in Surgical Technology can expect to spend between four and five years completing their degree, although they may be in a better position to continue health education or take on administrative responsibilities.

  • Northern Michigan University (A.A.S) – Of the most well-known Associate’s Degree programs for Surgical Technology, one of the finest is the one offered at Northern Michigan University. This program can be completed in approximately a year and a half, and allows students to sit for the national board exam offered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
  • South Plains College (Certificate, A.A.S) – A very versatile program, this school provides options for both new healthcare students and seasoned health care professionals. While both options allow the student to sit for the national board exam, only the A.A.S option includes a practicum as a part of the coursework. The Certificate program is available to students who are already working a Surgical Technologists and who want to qualify for board certification.
  • New England Institute of Technology (A.S.) – Students who graduate from this school have a reputation for finding jobs quickly, often in the New England area where they do their practicum experiences. This 18-month program not only finish their A.S. degree with the ability to be board certified, but they can continue on to receive a B.S. in Business Management Technology.
  • Virginia College (A.S.) – Although this is a residential Surgical Technologist program, the Virginia College offers a number of on-campus options for students to choose from. From Texas to Tennessee and everywhere in between, you can complete your hands-on degree requirements at one of 15 campus locations. Job placement rate from this school is 60%, and over half of the 2012-2013 graduates completed the program in just 88 weeks.
  • Carrington College (Certificate, A.S.) – This California school provides both a certificate and Associate’s Degree program for Surgical Technologists. Students graduating from this school also have the option to become board certified. The Carrington program requires students to complete 120 surgical cases before they graduate, making it one of the most intensive programs available.
  • Southeast Community College (A.S.) – Southeast Community College was recently named the 8th most successful U.S. Community College by CNN Money (2011). The Surgical Technology program is one of the most flexible as well, providing an excellent online cohort in conjunction with a local clinical practicum. In addition, prerequisite courses can be completed at a local community college.
  • Kingsborough Community College (A.A.S) – This college was recently ranked as one of the top 30 Community Colleges by the New York Times, and consistently ranks in the top 50 schools awarding degrees to minority groups. This surgical technology program is 64 credits long, but requires the fewest practicum hours of any degree program – only 48 in total.

List of Surgical Technologist Schools

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SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Instituto de Banca y Comercio IncGuaynaboPuerto Ricohttp://www.ibanca.net308
Dover Business CollegeCliftonNew Jerseyhttp://www.dover.edu167
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroitMichiganhttp://www.wcccd.edu156
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.ivytech.edu112
Star Career Academy-CliftonCliftonNew Jersey 99
Ponce Paramedical College IncPoncePuerto Ricohttp://www.popac.edu94
San Jacinto Community CollegePasadenaTexashttp://www.sjcd.edu92
Star Career Academy-PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvania 83
CBD CollegeLos AngelesCaliforniahttp://www.cbd.edu81
McCann School of Business & TechnologyPottsvillePennsylvaniahttp://www.mccann.edu74
Madisonville Community CollegeMadisonvilleKentucky
Star Career Academy??rickBrickNew Jersey 67
EDIC CollegeCaguasPuerto Rico 64
American Career College-AnaheimAnaheimCalifornia
Southeastern College-GreenacresGreenacresFlorida
Premiere Career CollegeIrwindaleCaliforniahttp://www.premierecollege.edu57
Mandl School-The College of Allied HealthNew YorkNew York 57
Star Career Academy-New YorkNew YorkNew York 56
Concorde Career College-Grand PrairieGrand PrairieTexashttp://www.concorde.edu56
Antilles School of Technical CareersSan JuanPuerto Rico 56
Star Career Academy-NewarkNewarkNew Jersey 55
Career Networks InstituteOrangeCalifornia 53
Glendale Career CollegeGlendaleCaliforniahttp://www.success.edu51
Central Ohio Technical CollegeNewarkOhiohttp://www.cotc.edu50
Omega InstitutePennsaukenNew Jersey 48
Renton Technical CollegeRentonWashingtonhttp://www.rtc.edu47
New England Institute of TechnologyEast GreenwichRhode Islandhttp://www.neit.edu47
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley HillsMassachusettshttp://www.massbay.edu43
Lincoln Technical Institute-Fern ParkFern ParkFlorida 42
Anthem College-SacramentoSacramentoCaliforniahttp://www.anthem.edu42
Pittsburgh Technical InstituteOakdalePennsylvaniahttp://www.pti.edu41
American College of HealthcareRiversideCalifornia 41
Career Technical College-MonroeMonroeLouisianahttp://www.careertc.edu40
American Career College-Los AngelesLos AngelesCalifornia
Baker College of FlintFlintMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu39
Hinds Community CollegeRaymondMississippihttp://www.hindscc.edu38
ECPI UniversityVirginia BeachVirginiahttp://www.ecpi.edu38
Brown Mackie College-St LouisFentonMissouri 38
Concorde Career College-San BernardinoSan BernardinoCaliforniahttp://www.concorde.edu37
Concorde Career College-MemphisMemphisTennesseehttp://www.concorde.edu37
Columbus State Community CollegeColumbusOhio
Baker College of MuskegonMuskegonMichiganhttp://www.Baker.edu37
American Career College-OntarioOntarioCalifornia 37
Concorde Career Institute-MiramarMiramarFloridahttp://www.concorde.edu37
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen BayWisconsin
Niagara County Community CollegeSanbornNew Yorkhttp://www.niagaracc.suny.edu36
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas CityKansas CityMissouri
Macomb Community CollegeWarrenMichiganhttp://www.macomb.edu36
Concorde Career Institute-San AntonioSan AntonioTexashttp://www.concorde.edu36
Concorde Career Institute-OrlandoOrlandoFloridahttp://www.concorde.edu36
Concorde Career College-PortlandPortlandOregonhttp://www.concorde.edu36
Southern Crescent Technical CollegeGriffinGeorgia 35
Harrison College-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://harrison.edu35
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X CollegeChicagoIllinois
Brown Mackie College-MerrillvilleMerrillvilleIndiana 35
Savannah Technical CollegeSavannahGeorgiahttp://www.savannahtech.edu34
Miller-Motte Technical College-ChattanoogaChattanoogaTennesseehttp://www.miller-motte.edu34
Southwest Florida CollegeFort MyersFlorida 33
Columbus Technical CollegeColumbusGeorgia
Atenas CollegeManatiPuerto Rico
Star Career Academy-Egg HarborEgg Harbor TownshipNew Jerseyhttp://www.starcareer.edu32
Everest College-ResedaResedaCalifornia 32
Concorde Career College-San DiegoSan DiegoCaliforniahttp://www.concorde.edu32
Concorde Career College-North HollywoodNorth HollywoodCaliforniahttp://www.concorde.edu32
James H Faulkner State Community CollegeBay MinetteAlabamahttp://www.faulknerstate.edu31
Concorde Career Institute-TampaTampaFloridahttp://www.concorde.edu31
Austin Community College DistrictAustinTexashttp://www.austincc.edu31
Eastern Iowa Community College DistrictDavenportIowahttp://www.eicc.edu30
Carrington College California-Citrus HeightsCitrus HeightsCalifornia 30
Rasmussen College-MinnesotaSt. CloudMinnesotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu29
Guilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownNorth Carolina 29
D G Erwin Technical CenterTampaFloridahttp://erwin.edu29
Brookline College-TempeTempeArizona 29
Wichita Area Technical CollegeWichitaKansas
Nevada Career InstituteLas VegasNevada 28
Houston Community CollegeHoustonTexashttp://www.hccs.edu28
Frederick Community CollegeFrederickMarylandhttp://www.frederick.edu28
Eastwick College-RamseyRamseyNew Jerseyhttp://www.eastwickcollege.edu28
Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisianahttp://WWW.DCC.EDU28
Baker College of JacksonJacksonMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu28
The Bryman School of ArizonaPhoenixArizona 27
Daytona State CollegeDaytona BeachFlorida 27
Concorde Career Institute-DallasDallasTexashttp://www.concorde.edu27
Bunker Hill Community CollegeBostonMassachusettshttp://www.bhcc.mass.edu27
Brown Mackie College-TucsonTucsonArizona 26
Brown Mackie College-AkronAkronOhio 26
Anthem Institute-Las VegasLas VegasNevadahttp://www.anthem.edu26
Star Career Academy-AudubonAudubonPennsylvania 26
Nashville State Community CollegeNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.nscc.edu26
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegePerkinstonMississippihttps://www.mgccc.edu26
Fortis College-Baton RougeBaton RougeLouisiana 26
Concorde Career Institute-JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFloridahttp://www.concorde.edu26
Columbia Basin CollegePascoWashingtonhttp://www.columbiabasin.edu26
Skyline CollegeSan BrunoCaliforniahttp://skylinecollege.edu25
Salt Lake Community CollegeSalt Lake CityUtahhttp://www.slcc.edu25
Palm Beach State CollegeLake WorthFlorida
Gwinnett Technical CollegeLawrencevilleGeorgiahttp://www.GwinnettTech.edu25
Concorde Career College-AuroraAuroraColoradohttp://www.concorde.edu25
Anthem College-Kansas CityKansas CityMissourihttp://www.anthem.edu25
Virginia College-AustinAustinTexas 24
Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley CampusTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsatech.edu24
Salter School of Nursing and Allied HealthManchesterNew Hampshire 24
Miller-Motte Technical College-North CharlestonCharlestonSouth Carolina 24
Miller-Motte College-CaryCaryNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu24
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRomeGeorgiahttp://www.gntc.edu24
Clover Park Technical CollegeLakewoodWashingtonhttp://www.cptc.edu24
Tarrant County College DistrictFort WorthTexashttp://www.tccd.edu23
Ozarks Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMissourihttp://www.otc.edu23
Northland Community and Technical CollegeThief River FallsMinnesotahttp://www.northlandcollege.edu23
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquetteMichiganhttp://www.nmu.edu23
Nassau Community CollegeGarden CityNew York
Central Georgia Technical CollegeWarner RobinsGeorgiahttp://www.centralgatech.edu23
Brown Mackie College-Fort WayneFort WayneIndiana 23
York Technical CollegeRock HillSouth Carolinahttp://www.yorktech.edu22
St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint CloudMinnesotahttp://www.sctcc.edu22
Saint Louis Community CollegeSaint LouisMissourihttp://www.stlcc.edu22
Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterMinnesota
Herzing University-KennerKennerLouisiana 22
Carrington College California-San JoseSan JoseCalifornia 22
Brown Mackie College-AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNew Mexico 22
Anthem College-Maryland HeightsMaryland HeightsMissourihttp://www.anthem.edu22
Anthem College-BrookfieldBrookfieldWisconsinhttp://www.anthem.edu22
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleSouth Carolina 21
GateWay Community CollegePhoenixArizonahttp://www.gatewaycc.edu21
Bevill State Community CollegeJasperAlabamahttp://www.bscc.edu21
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexas 21
Albany Technical CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.albanytech.edu21
West Georgia Technical CollegeWacoGeorgiahttp://www.westgatech.edu21
Star Career Academy-SyossetSyossetNew York 21
Southeast Technical InstituteSioux FallsSouth Dakotahttp://www.southeasttech.edu21
San Joaquin Valley College-BakersfieldBakersfieldCalifornia
North Central Texas CollegeGainesvilleTexashttp://www.nctc.edu21
Mt Hood Community CollegeGreshamOregonhttp://www.mhcc.edu21
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukeeWisconsin 21
Triton CollegeRiver GroveIllinoishttp://www.triton.edu20
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-KnoxvilleKnoxvilleTennessee
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaWinonaMinnesotahttp://www.smumn.edu20
Owens Community CollegePerrysburgOhiohttps://www.owens.edu20
Lansing Community CollegeLansingMichiganhttp://www.lcc.edu20
Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.keiseruniversity.edu20
Gadsden State Community CollegeGadsdenAlabamahttp://www.gadsdenstate.edu20
Everest Institute-MariettaMariettaGeorgia
Eli Whitney Technical High SchoolHamdenConnecticut
Davis Applied Technology CollegeKaysvilleUtahhttp://www.datc.edu20
Columbia Area Career CenterColumbiaMissouri 20
Central Florida InstitutePalm HarborFloridahttp://www.cfi.edu20
Brown Mackie College-FindlayFindlayOhio 20
Baptist Health Schools-Little RockLittle RockArkansas 20
Anthem College-DenverAuroraColoradohttp://www.anthem.edu20
University of Cincinnati-Clermont CollegeBataviaOhio 19
National College-LexingtonLexingtonKentuckyhttp://www.national-college.edu19
Lanier Technical CollegeOakwoodGeorgia 19
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar RapidsIowahttp://www.kirkwood.edu19
Illinois Central CollegeEast PeoriaIllinois 19
College of Western IdahoNampaIdaho
College of DuPageGlen EllynIllinoishttp://www.cod.edu19
Brown Mackie College-TulsaTulsaOklahoma 19
Brown Mackie College-GreenvilleGreenvilleSouth Carolina 19
Western Dakota Technical InstituteRapid CitySouth Dakotahttps://www.wdt.edu18
Virginia College-JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFlorida
University of Akron Main CampusAkronOhiohttp://www.uakron.edu18
Tyler Junior CollegeTylerTexashttp://WWW.TJC.EDU18
Piedmont Technical CollegeGreenwoodSouth Carolinahttp://www.ptc.edu18
Miller-Motte College-WilmingtonWilmingtonNorth Carolinahttp://www.miller-motte.edu18
Lorain County Community CollegeElyriaOhiohttp://www.lorainccc.edu18
East Valley Institute of TechnologyMesaArizonahttp://www.evit.com18
Collin County Community College DistrictMcKinneyTexashttp://www.collin.edu18
Bridgeport Hospital School of NursingBridgeportConnecticut 18
Bergen Community CollegeParamusNew Jerseyhttp://www.bergen.edu18
Seattle Central CollegeSeattleWashingtonhttp://www.seattlecentral.edu17
Sanford-Brown College-HoustonHoustonTexas
Richmond School of Health and TechnologyCHESTERVirginia
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeCharlottesvilleVirginiahttp://www.pvcc.edu17
Mohawk Valley Community CollegeUticaNew Yorkhttp://www.mvcc.edu17
Manchester Community CollegeManchesterConnecticut 17
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonWisconsinhttp://madisoncollege.edu17
Lake Superior CollegeDuluthMinnesotahttp://www.lsc.edu17
John C Calhoun State Community CollegeTannerAlabamahttp://www.calhoun.edu17
Itawamba Community CollegeFultonMississippi
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceSouth Carolinahttp://WWW.FDTC.EDU17
Elgin Community CollegeElginIllinois 17
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexas 17
East Central Community CollegeDecaturMississippihttp://www.eccc.edu17
Colorado Technical University-Greenwood VillageAuroraColorado 17
Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia IncArroyoPuerto Ricohttp://www.cmtarroyo.com17
Tri-County Technical CollegePendletonSouth Carolina
Vincennes UniversityVincennesIndiana
The University of MontanaMissoulaMontanahttp://www.umt.edu16
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-MurfreesboroMurfreesboroTennesseehttp://www.tcatmurfreesboro.edu16
Santa Fe CollegeGainesvilleFloridahttp://www.sfcollege.edu16
Rasmussen College-North DakotaFargoNorth Dakotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu16
Moore Norman Technology CenterNormanOklahoma 16
MiraCosta CollegeOceansideCaliforniahttp://www.miracosta.edu16
Miller-Motte Technical College-LynchburgLynchburgVirginia
Iowa Western Community CollegeCouncil BluffsIowa
Fortis Institute-Fort LauderdaleLauderdale LakesFlorida 16
Fortis College-Orange ParkOrange ParkFlorida 16
Delaware County Community CollegeMediaPennsylvaniahttp://www.dccc.edu16
College of Southern IdahoTwin FallsIdahohttp://www.csi.edu16
Carolinas College of Health SciencesCharlotteNorth Carolina 16
Career Technical College-ShreveportShreveportLouisianahttp://www.careertc.edu16
Brown Mackie College-North CantonCantonOhio 16
Baker College of Clinton TownshipClinton TownshipMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu16
Anthem College-AtlantaAtlantaGeorgiahttp://www.anthem.edu16
Anoka Technical CollegeAnokaMinnesotahttp://www.anokatech.edu16
Aiken Technical CollegeGranitevilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.atc.edu16
Western Iowa Tech Community CollegeSioux CityIowa 15
Virginia College-GreenvilleGreenvilleSouth Carolina 15
Temple CollegeTempleTexas 15
Spencerian College-LouisvilleLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.spencerian.edu15
Southern Union State Community CollegeWadleyAlabamahttp://www.suscc.edu15
Sanford-Brown College-St PetersSaint PetersMissouri 15
Rock Valley CollegeRockfordIllinoishttp://www.rockvalleycollege.edu15
Platt College-Central OKCOklahoma CityOklahoma 15
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyWilliamsportPennsylvaniahttp://www.pct.edu15
Miami-Jacobs Career College-DaytonDaytonOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu15
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeConwaySouth Carolinahttp://www.hgtc.edu15
Henry Ford Community CollegeDearbornMichigan 15
Harris School of Business-Voorhees CampusVoorheesNew Jerseyhttp://www.harrisschool.edu15
Great Plains Technology CenterLawtonOklahoma 15
Fortis Institute-Grand PrairieGrand PrairieTexas 15
Fortis College-ColumbusWestervilleOhio 15
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFloridahttp://www.fscj.edu15
Eastern Florida State CollegeCocoaFloridahttp://www.easternflorida.edu15
College of Central FloridaOcalaFlorida
Choffin Career and Technical CenterYoungstownOhiohttp://www.choffincareer.com15
Chattahoochee Technical CollegeMariettaGeorgiahttp://www.chattahoocheetech.edu15
Brown Mackie College-San AntonioSan AntonioTexas 15
Brown Mackie College-AtlantaAtlantaGeorgia 15
Anthem Institute-North BrunswickNorth BrunswickNew Jerseyhttp://www.anthem.edu15
O C Collins Career CenterChesapeakeOhiohttp://www.collins-cc.edu14
Northwest Technical InstituteSpringdaleArkansashttp://www.nwti.edu14
Kirtland Community CollegeRoscommonMichiganhttp://www.kirtland.edu14
Kilgore CollegeKilgoreTexas 14
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu14
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeEsthervilleIowahttp://www.iowalakes.edu14
Great Lakes Institute of TechnologyEriePennsylvaniahttp://www.glit.edu14
Fresno City CollegeFresnoCaliforniahttp://www.fresnocitycollege.edu14
Everest Institute-KendallMiamiFlorida 14
Coastal Carolina Community CollegeJacksonvilleNorth Carolina
Brown Mackie College-LouisvilleLouisvilleKentucky 14
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleNorth Carolina 14
AmeriTech College-ProvoProvoUtah 14
Virginia College-AugustaAugustaGeorgia
University of Arkansas-Fort SmithFort SmithArkansas
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburgSouth Carolina 14
Sanford-Brown College-DallasDallasTexas 14
Meridian Community CollegeMeridianMississippihttp://www.meridiancc.edu13
Maysville Community and Technical CollegeMaysvilleKentuckyhttp://maysville.kctcs.edu13
Luzerne County Community CollegeNanticokePennsylvania 13
Hillyard Technical CenterSaint JosephMissouri 13
Franklin Technology-MSSUJoplinMissourihttp://13
Fortis Institute-BaltimoreBaltimoreMaryland 13
College of the AlbemarleElizabeth CityNorth Carolinahttp://www.albemarle.edu13
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.cnm.edu13
Athens Technical CollegeAthensGeorgia
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical TrainingMariettaOhio 13
University of Saint Francis-Fort WayneFort WayneIndianahttp://www.sf.edu13
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-CrossvilleCrossvilleTennesseehttp://www.tcatcrossville.edu13
Technical College of the LowcountryBeaufortSouth Carolinahttp://www.tcl.edu13
Swedish Institute a College of Health SciencesNew YorkNew Yorkhttp://www.swedishinstitute.edu13
Southeast Arkansas CollegePine BluffArkansas 13
Sinclair Community CollegeDaytonOhiohttp://www.sinclair.edu13
Sheridan Technical CenterHollywoodFloridahttp://www.SheridanTechnical.com13
Rolla Technical InstituteRollaMissouri
Onondaga Community CollegeSyracuseNew Yorkhttp://www.sunyocc.edu13
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield HillsMichigan 13
Midwestern Career CollegeChicagoIllinoishttp://www.mccollege.edu13
Miami-Jacobs Career College-ColumbusColumbusOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu13
Neosho County Community CollegeChanuteKansashttp://www.neosho.edu12
Mt Diablo Adult EducationConcordCalifornia
Montgomery CollegeRockvilleMaryland 12
Monongalia County Technical Education CenterMorgantownWest Virginia
Mid-State Technical CollegeWisconsin RapidsWisconsinhttp://www.mstc.edu12
Lurleen B Wallace Community CollegeAndalusiaAlabamahttp://www.lbwcc.edu12
Herzing University-ToledoToledoOhio
Harris School of Business-Dover CampusDoverDelaware 12
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayettevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.faytechcc.edu12
Everest College-MerrillvilleMerrillvilleIndiana 12
Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkVirginiahttp://www.evms.edu12
Eastern Idaho Technical CollegeIdaho FallsIdahohttp://www.eitc.edu12
Durham Technical Community CollegeDurhamNorth Carolinahttp://www.durhamtech.edu12
Delta CollegeUniversity CenterMichigan
Del Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiTexashttp://www.delmar.edu12
Colorado Technical University-Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsColorado 12
Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.cincinnatistate.edu12
Central Carolina Technical CollegeSumterSouth Carolinahttp://www.cctech.edu12
Bossier Parish Community CollegeBossier CityLouisianahttp://www.bpcc.edu12
Aims Community CollegeGreeleyColoradohttp://www.aims.edu12
Western Technical CollegeLa CrosseWisconsin 12
Western Suffolk BOCESNorthportNew York
Virginia College-PensacolaPensacolaFlorida
Virginia College-MobileMobileAlabama
Texas State Technical College-HarlingenHarlingenTexas 12
Sanford-Brown College-Houston North LoopHoustonTexas 12
Sandhills Community CollegePinehurstNorth Carolina
San Juan CollegeFarmingtonNew Mexico 12
Our Lady of the Lake CollegeBaton RougeLouisianahttp://www.ololcollege.edu12
Northcentral Technical CollegeWausauWisconsinhttp://www.ntc.edu12
North Arkansas CollegeHarrisonArkansashttp://www.northark.edu12
Parkland CollegeChampaignIllinoishttp://www.parkland.edu11
Oklahoma City Community CollegeOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.occc.edu11
North-West College-West CovinaWest CovinaCaliforniahttp://www.north-westcollege.edu11
North Shore Community CollegeDanversMassachusettshttp://www.northshore.edu11
Mount Aloysius CollegeCressonPennsylvania 11
Midlands Technical CollegeWest ColumbiaSouth Carolinahttp://www.midlandstech.edu11
Metro Technology CentersOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.metrotech.edu11
Mercy College of Health SciencesDes MoinesIowahttp://www.mchs.edu11
Las Positas CollegeLivermoreCaliforniahttp://www.laspositascollege.edu11
Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinsonKansashttp://www.hutchcc.edu11
Fortis College-RichmondRichmondVirginia 11
CUNY Kingsborough Community CollegeBrooklynNew York 11
College of Health Care Professions-NorthwestHoustonTexashttp://www.chcp.edu11
Carver Career CenterCharlestonWest Virginia
Cape Coral Institute of TechnologyCape CoralFlorida 11
Brown Mackie College-PhoenixPhoenixArizona 11
Brown Mackie College-Northern KentuckyFort MitchellKentucky 11
Brown Mackie College-CincinnatiCincinnatiOhio 11
Bellingham Technical CollegeBellinghamWashington 11
Anthem College-MinnesotaSaint Louis ParkMinnesotahttp://www.anthem.edu11
Allied Health CareersAustinTexas 11
Washburn Institute of TechnologyTopekaKansashttp://www.washburntech.edu11
Virginia College-Baton RougeBaton RougeLouisiana
Trinity Valley Community CollegeAthensTexashttp://www.tvcc.edu11
Stevens-Henager College-OgdenWest HavenUtahhttp://www.stevenshenager.edu11
Springfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMassachusettshttp://www.stcc.edu11
South Central Career CenterWest PlainsMissourihttp://www.scccwp.org11
San Joaquin Valley College-FresnoFresnoCaliforniahttp://www.sjvc.edu11
Rockingham Community CollegeWentworthNorth Carolinahttp://www.rockinghamcc.edu11
Pensacola State CollegePensacolaFloridahttp://www.pensacolastate.edu11
Pennsylvania College of Health SciencesLancasterPennsylvania 11
Pearl River Community CollegePoplarvilleMississippihttp://www.prcc.edu10
Paris Junior CollegeParisTexas
Ogeechee Technical CollegeStatesboroGeorgiahttp://www.ogeecheetech.edu10
Northwest Mississippi Community CollegeSenatobiaMississippihttp://www.northwestms.edu10
Moraine Park Technical CollegeFond du LacWisconsinhttp://www.morainepark.edu10
Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue BellPennsylvaniahttp://www.mc3.edu10
Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite FallsMinnesotahttp://www.mnwest.edu10
Medvance Institute-West PalmPalm SpringsFlorida 10
Manatee Technical InstituteBradentonFlorida
James Rumsey Technical InstituteMartinsburgWest Virginiahttp://www.jamesrumsey.com10
Eastern Maine Community CollegeBangorMainehttp://www.emcc.edu10
Cuyahoga Community College DistrictClevelandOhiohttp://www.tri-c.edu10
College of Lake CountyGrayslakeIllinoishttp://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU10
Camden County CollegeBlackwoodNew Jerseyhttp://www.camdencc.edu10
Baker College of Allen ParkAllen ParkMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu10
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnoldMarylandhttp://www.aacc.edu10
Quincy CollegeQuincyMassachusettshttp://www.quincycollege.edu10
Prairie State CollegeChicago HeightsIllinois 10
Virginia College-CharlestonNorth CharlestonSouth Carolina 10
Vernon CollegeVernonTexashttp://www.vernoncollege.edu10
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockArkansashttp://www.uams.edu10
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-HohenwaldHohenwaldTennesseehttp://www.tcathohenwald.edu10
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeCumberlandKentuckyhttp://www.southeast.kctcs.edu10
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeBowling GreenKentuckyhttp://www.bowlinggreen.kctcs.edu10
South Arkansas Community CollegeEl DoradoArkansashttp://www.southark.edu10
Wes Watkins Technology CenterWetumkaOklahomahttp://www.wwtech.org9
Virginia College-BiloxiBiloxiMississippi
Riverside School of Health CareersNewport NewsVirginia
Richland Community CollegeDecaturIllinoishttp://www.richland.edu9
Orlando TechOrlandoFlorida
Okefenokee Technical CollegeWaycrossGeorgia
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education CenterMiamiFloridahttp://lindsey.dadeschools.net9
Lenoir Community CollegeKinstonNorth Carolinahttp://www.lenoircc.edu9
Indian River State CollegeFort PierceFloridahttp://www.irsc.edu9
Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgHarrisburgPennsylvaniahttp://www.hacc.edu9
Fortis College-HoustonHoustonTexas 9
Central Technology CenterDrumrightOklahomahttp://www.centraltech.edu9
Central Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotteNorth Carolinahttp://www.cpcc.edu9
Bluegrass Community and Technical CollegeLexingtonKentucky
American National UniversitySalemVirginia 9
Albert I Prince Technical High SchoolHartfordConnecticut
Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette CampusLafayetteLouisiana 9
Lackawanna CollegeScrantonPennsylvania
John Wood Community CollegeQuincyIllinois 8
Indian Capital Technology Center-StilwellStilwellOklahomahttp://www.ictctech.com8
Great Falls College Montana State UniversityGreat FallsMontanahttp://www.gfcmsu.edu8
Gateway Technical CollegeKenoshaWisconsin 8
Fortis Institute-NashvilleNashvilleTennessee 8
Fortis Institute-HoustonHoustonTexas 8
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau ClaireWisconsin 8
Cabarrus College of Health SciencesConcordNorth Carolina
Brown Mackie College-Michigan CityMichigan CityIndiana 8
Baker College of Port HuronPort HuronMichigan
Ashland Community and Technical CollegeAshlandKentucky
Angelina CollegeLufkinTexashttp://www.angelina.edu8
Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakimaWashington 8
Wiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeValdostaGeorgia
Wharton County Junior CollegeWhartonTexashttp://www.wcjc.edu8
West Virginia Northern Community CollegeWheelingWest Virginia
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar GroveIllinois 8
Trocaire CollegeBuffaloNew York
Traviss Career CenterLakelandFloridahttp://www.traviss.edu8
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-JacksonJacksonTennesseehttp://www.tcatjackson.edu8
St Philip's CollegeSan AntonioTexas
Spokane Community CollegeSpokaneWashingtonhttp://www.scc.spokane.edu8
Southwestern CollegeChula VistaCalifornia
Southwest Georgia Technical CollegeThomasvilleGeorgia 8
Sanford-Brown College-SkokieSkokieIllinois
Robert Morris University IllinoisChicagoIllinois
Reading Hospital School of Health SciencesReadingPennsylvania 8
Northampton County Area Community CollegeBethlehemPennsylvaniahttp://www.northampton.edu8
National College-StowStowOhio 8
Miami-Jacobs Career College-SharonvilleSharonvilleOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu8
McLennan Community CollegeWacoTexashttp://www.mclennan.edu8
Laramie County Community CollegeCheyenneWyominghttp://www.lccc.wy.edu8
Blue Ridge Community CollegeFlat RockNorth Carolinahttp://www.blueridge.edu7
West Virginia University at ParkersburgParkersburgWest Virginiahttp://www.wvup.edu7
Waukesha County Technical CollegePewaukeeWisconsinhttp://www.wctc.edu7
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeMount GayWest Virginiahttp://www.southernwv.edu7
South Plains CollegeLevellandTexas
South College-AshevilleAshevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.southcollegenc.edu7
Somerset Community CollegeSomersetKentucky
Quinsigamond Community CollegeWorcesterMassachusettshttp://www.qcc.edu7
National College-DaytonKetteringOhiohttp://www.national-college.edu7
McDowell Technical Community CollegeMarionNorth Carolinahttp://www.mcdowelltech.edu7
Lincoln UniversityJefferson CityMissouri
Lamar State College-Port ArthurPort ArthurTexashttp://www.lamarpa.edu7
Lakeland Community CollegeKirtlandOhiohttp://www.lakelandcc.edu7
Howard CollegeBig SpringTexashttp://www.howardcollege.edu7
Holmes Community CollegeGoodmanMississippihttp://www.holmescc.edu7
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkenyIowa 7
Conemaugh Valley Memorial HospitalJohnstownPennsylvaniahttp://www.conemaugh.org7
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburghPennsylvaniahttps://www.ccac.edu7
Chesapeake CollegeWye MillsMarylandhttp://www.chesapeake.edu7
Catawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryNorth Carolina 7
Buckeye Hills Career CenterRio GrandeOhio 7
Virginia College-JacksonJacksonMississippi
University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownJohnstownPennsylvaniahttp://www.upj.pitt.edu6
Southeastern Technical CollegeVidaliaGeorgiahttp://www.southeasterntech.edu6
Scioto County Career Technical CenterLucasvilleOhio
Pinellas Technical Education Center-St PetersburgSaint PetersburgFlorida 6
National College-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.national-college.edu6
Moultrie Technical CollegeMoultrieGeorgia 6
Miller-Motte Technical College-ClarksvilleClarksvilleTennesseehttp://www.miller-motte.edu6
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfieldIllinois 6
Herzing University-Winter ParkWinter ParkFlorida 6
El Centro CollegeDallasTexas
Edgecombe Community CollegeTarboroNorth Carolinahttp://www.edgecombe.edu6
Dixie State UniversitySaint GeorgeUtah
Delaware Technical Community College-TerryDoverDelaware
Baker College of CadillacCadillacMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu6
Autry Technology CenterEnidOklahomahttp://www.autrytech.edu6
Wilson Community CollegeWilsonNorth Carolinahttp://www.wilsoncc.edu5
West Kentucky Community and Technical CollegePaducahKentuckyhttp://www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu5
Wake Technical Community CollegeRaleighNorth Carolina 5
Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLouisianahttp://www.susla.edu5
Southeastern College-JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFlorida
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health SciencesCape GirardeauMissouri
South Piedmont Community CollegePolktonNorth Carolinahttp://www.spcc.edu5
South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial CampusMorgan CityLouisianahttp://www.scl.edu5
National College-YoungstownYoungstownOhio 5
National College-CincinnatiCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.national-college.edu5
Mohave Community CollegeKingmanArizonahttp://www.mohave.edu5
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazardKentuckyhttp://www.hazard.kctcs.edu5
Great Bay Community CollegePortsmouthNew Hampshire 5
EHOVE Career CenterMilanOhiohttp://www.ehove.net5
Cape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonNorth Carolina
Canadian Valley Technology CenterEl RenoOklahoma 5
Anthem College-OrlandoOrlandoFloridahttp://www.anthem.edu5
Rend Lake CollegeInaIllinoishttps://www.rlc.edu4
Northern Oklahoma CollegeTonkawaOklahomahttp://www.noc.edu4
North-West College-RiversideRiversideCaliforniahttp://www.north-westcollege.edu4
Medical Career InstituteOceanNew Jerseyhttp://www.mcinj.edu4
Everest College-ThorntonThorntonColorado
Colorado Technical University-Kansas CityNorth Kansas CityMissouri 4
Brown Mackie College-BirminghamBirminghamAlabama 4
Bismarck State CollegeBismarckNorth Dakotahttp://www.bismarckstate.edu4
Baltimore City Community CollegeBaltimoreMaryland 3
Augusta Technical CollegeAugustaGeorgiahttp://www.augustatech.edu3
Southern Maine Community CollegeSouth PortlandMainehttp://www.smccME.edu3
Shawnee Community CollegeUllinIllinoishttp://www.shawneecc.edu3
Sanford-Brown Institute-New YorkNew YorkNew York 3
Robeson Community CollegeLumbertonNorth Carolinahttp://www.robeson.edu3
Owensboro Community and Technical CollegeOwensboroKentuckyhttp://www.owensboro.kctcs.edu3
John A Logan CollegeCartervilleIllinoishttp://www.jalc.edu3
Charles H McCann Technical SchoolNorth AdamsMassachusettshttp://www.mccanntech.org3
Virginia College-SavannahSavannahGeorgia
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical CenterLive OakFlorida
Southeastern Illinois CollegeHarrisburgIllinoishttp://www.sic.edu2
Siena Heights UniversityAdrianMichiganhttp://www.sienaheights.edu2
North Central Michigan CollegePetoskeyMichiganhttp://www.ncmich.edu2
Flathead Valley Community CollegeKalispellMontanahttp://www.fvcc.edu2
Cleveland Community CollegeShelbyNorth Carolinahttp://www.clevelandcc.edu2
Blue Ridge Community and Technical CollegeMartinsburgWest Virginia
American Institute of Medical Sciences & EducationPiscatawayNew Jersey 1
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevadahttp://www.csn.edu1
City College-MiamiMiamiFloridahttp://www.citycollege.edu1
City College-Fort LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.citycollege.edu1
Brown Mackie College-BoiseBoiseIdaho 1
Virginia College-MaconMaconGeorgia
Tulsa Community CollegeTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsacc.edu1
Northeast Community CollegeNorfolkNebraskahttp://www.northeast.edu1
Kaskaskia CollegeCentraliaIllinois 1
Isothermal Community CollegeSpindaleNorth Carolinahttp://www.isothermal.edu1
Fortis Institute-CookevilleCookevilleTennessee 1
Drury UniversitySpringfieldMissourihttp://www.drury.edu1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

Because surgical technology is such a hands-on profession, there are very few online and hybrid options from which to choose. The extensive practicum requirements (typically between 300-1200 hours of hands-on practice) make it virtually impossible to complete a 100% online program. This has led to a very limited number of hybrid schools (both distance learning and online learning), and even fewer fully online surgical tech schools.

At this time, the Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals is the only fully online Surgical Technology CAAHEP-accredited university. However, the 100% online option is an accelerated program, and students must already be employed as a surgical technologist in order to qualify to complete the program. Fortunately, this college also offers a residential and online blended option, making it one of the most flexible colleges for surgical technology training.

There are several other accredited surgical tech colleges that offer this type of hybrid learning option. For example, colleges like the American Career College and Brown Mackie College both offer associate degree options that split the learning between a traditional campus and online courses. For students looking for a certificate option, Sanford Brown offers both traditional and distance classes.

SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Meridian Institute of Surgical AssistingNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.meridian-institute.edu261
Virginia College-BirminghamBirminghamAlabama
Baptist Health System School of Health ProfessionsSan AntonioTexashttp://www.bshp.edu34
Community Care CollegeTulsaOklahomahttp://www.communitycarecollege.edu29
Everest University-BrandonTampaFlorida
Sentara College of Health SciencesChesapeakeVirginiahttp://www.sentara.edu22
Gulf Coast State CollegePanama CityFlorida
Southeast Community College AreaLincolnNebraska 17
Virginia College-ColumbiaColumbiaSouth Carolina
Virginia College-MontgomeryMontgomeryAlabama 13
Seward County Community College and Area Technical SchoolLiberalKansashttp://www.sccc.edu8
Everest College-Salt Lake CityWest Valley CityUtah 7
Presentation CollegeAberdeenSouth Dakotahttp://www.presentation.edu7
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied HealthOmahaNebraskahttp://www.methodistcollege.edu6
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

To complete most surgical tech programs, students must get a grade of B or higher in both core classes and specialty surgical tech courses. Many of these courses are shared with other health care degrees – like Medical Ethics and Anatomy and Physiology. Still, there are a few courses that are specific to Surgical Tech schools, and which are integral to their programs.

  • Medical Terminology – This is a vital course for many health care professionals, and is particularly important for surgical technologists. In this course, students will learn the root words, suffixes, and prefixes by which all other medical terms are created. In addition, they will learn the names of each part of the human body, in addition to the most common illnesses and physical impairments.
  • Surgical Procedures – The purpose of this course is to teach students the theory and practices that should be used with various types of surgeries. Typical surgeries covered include gynecological, orthopedic, genitourinary, and many others. The course emphasizes procedures, technology, and tools that should be used in each independent surgery.
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Technology – In this course, students are introduced to different types of pharmaceuticals that may be used during the course of a surgical procedure. In addition, students learn specific drug interactions, systems and regulations for administration, and calculation of dosages. Drugs that might be used before and after a procedure are also introduced.
  • Clinical Practicum/Externship – This is a vital course for all surgical technologists. In this course, students complete rotations in a working hospital or medical facility where surgeries are regularly performed. Under the tutelage of a senior surgical technologist, they are able to use their information in hands-on practice to assist during surgical procedures.


In order to practice as a surgical technologist, you need to complete a surgical technology program at a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP, in tandem with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), evaluates Surgical Tech programs to ensure that the coursework and health education practices are in compliance with national standards. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is also qualified to accredit appropriate Surgical Tech schools.

During the ARC/STSA accreditation process, professional surgical technologists and health care educators look carefully at the program objectives and outcomes to determine whether it is eligible for CAAHEP accreditation. Each clinical cohort is also evaluated to make sure that the technology and healthcare procedures used are at the current healthcare standard. Finally, the ARC/STSA does thorough investigations on all of the professors to ensure their professional abilities and background.

Additionally, your college should be accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting bodies approved by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Typical regional accrediting bodies include the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS-WASC), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC), and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

At this time, there are no CAAHEP-accredited surgical tech schools that offer distance education options. There is, however one distance education option accredited by ABHES.

Career Outlook

Although the aging baby boomer generation will lead to an increase in need for many health care operations, surgical technologists will be in even higher demand than the norm. While general health care jobs are expected to increase by 24% by the year 2022, surgical technology positions will increase by 30%. This is more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS (2012) reports that this increased need for surgical technologists is driven by two main factors. Firstly, as the baby boomer generation ages, they will require more surgeries to maintain their standard of living. Secondly, access to better health care will make day-to-day surgeries (like sports-related surgeries) more feasible for the general population.

Another reason surgical technologists will likely remain in such high demand is that they are a cost-effective investments for hospitals. Surgical technologists are much less expensive to hire than registered nurses, but often can assist in the same types of procedures.

According to the BLS (2013), a majority of surgical technologists work in hospitals and surgical centers. Still, the most highly-paid workers in this field work for individual and family services, or home health care services. The state with the most surgical technologists is California, and the average wage in this state is over $57,000 – over $15,000 more than the national average of $44,420. Other top-paying states include Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, and Alaska.

Career FactsSurgical Technologist
Related CareersRadiation Therapist, Endoscopy Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Common Job TitlesSurgical Technologist, Certified Surgical Technologist
Technology & EquipmentElectrocautery Equipment, Surgical Saws And Drills, Surgical Vacuums, Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirators
Sourced from BLS, January 2018

Licensing & Certification

Surgical technologists who desire to be board certified must complete an approved program through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), with review by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). A list of accredited surgical tech schools is available at the CAAHEP website.

In addition to completing a program at one of the accredited surgical tech schools, certified students must also complete a certification exam. This exam is provided through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Finally, students seeking board certification must have completed the appropriate coursework and clinical hours. Depending on the degree program, a student may complete between 300 and 1200 clinical hours to complete the university’s requirements. These clinical hours are necessary to be licensed as a surgical technologist.

Although it is not necessary for surgical technologists to be board certified at this time, it may be a better career decision. Completing a surgical tech degree from a CAAHEP- or ABHES-accredited school is the only way to earn this designation and sit for the national test. This makes students who earn this designation much more employable and more likely to find positions in the highest-earning bracket for this field of study.