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Surgical Tech Degrees

The surgical tech degree most commonly held by surgical technicians is the associate’s degree in surgical technology, a two-year program offered by most surgical tech schools. Associate’s degrees in surgical tech cover the core subjects of surgical technology in addition to some general education classes. These programs can prepare a surgical technician for entry-level employment and certification, with some potential to advance.

Surgical tech bachelor’s degrees also exist, but are less common.

Surgical Tech Associate’s Degree Curriculum

The specific courses that make up an associate’s degree program in surgical technology vary from school to school, but mostly cover the same core training concepts, such as medical background knowledge, surgical techniques and operating room protocol, including safety and sterilization.

A few typical courses students might encounter in surgical tech associate’s degree programs are:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Sterilization Techniques
  • Infection Control

For example, the surgical technology AAS degree program at Rasmussen College includes core courses in medical terminology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and surgical fundamentals and procedures, as well as general education courses in English composition, algebra and critical thinking.

Some programs require students to complete an externship with a local hospital after the bulk of core courses are satisfied. Externships, where a student performs the job duties of a surgical tech in a live, supervised clinical setting, can provide both professional experience and valuable instruction, and look good on a surgical technician’s resume.

Choosing the Right Degree Program

There are a few factors potential students can use to evaluate surgical tech degrees. The most significant ones are accreditation, location, cost, and additional offerings such as career services.

Accreditation – Surgical tech schools are accredited by two primary authorities, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The presence of accreditation from one of these or another reputable organization ensures the degree program provides training that is in line with current industry standards.

Location – Many schools will not accept students who live outside of commuting distance to campus, and attending classes too far away adds another challenge to the already difficult task of going to school. For students who do not live near a surgical tech school campus, online programs can be an additional option.

Cost – Tuition and fees can vary broadly between programs. Some schools offer financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, or assistance with student loans, so comparing finances between degree programs is a wise step to take.

Career Services – Many schools offer career assistance such as recruitment events, a job placement office, or resume and interview assistance.

Benefits of Surgical Tech Degrees

An associate’s degree in surgical technology offers the best chance for career stability, advancement and flexibility for surgical technicians. Compared with other credentials, associate’s degrees present a complete package including both core courses and the general education courses that best compliment them.

Though associate’s degree programs last longer than diploma and certificate programs, employers prefer them over other types of credential, particularly if the degree is accredited and the tech is certified.

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American Career College

ACC’s faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. Our faculty members draw upon their own experiences in the healthcare industry to provide our students with in-depth training and education. All programs are a blend of classroom and hands-on training, with many programs ending with an externship in a local healthcare facility.

American Career College also works closely with students beyond the classroom. The Student Services department offers new student orientations, student appreciation days, and advising/tutoring assistance for those who are interested. While in school and after graduation, the career services department offers programs for networking, resume writing, interviewing and other job search help.

Accreditation Information.

Programs vary by campus. Program lengths vary by session and schedule. Financial aid available to those who qualify. ACC cannot guarantee employment. American Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

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Campus
  • Los Angeles
  • Ontario
  • Orange County
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College – Training today for a better tomorrow.

Better opportunities and increased financial stability could be just around the corner. Get the skills needed in today’s competitive job market with accelerated programs in medical, technical, and business fields.

Founded in 1977, SJVC is an accredited private junior college with campuses located throughout California – including an Online division – offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.

Financial Aid


Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of federal grants, loans, work-study, scholarships and institutional payment plans.

Accreditation
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org.

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Campus
  • Temecula
  • Rancho Cordova
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

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