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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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The College of Health Care Professions is a great place for working adults to enhance their current careers, or help themselves find new career pathways to better lives. We also train high school graduates to enter in the exciting high demand Healthcare industry.

Our programs are focused and centered on empowering you with the skills you need to enter the expanding and rewarding Health Care Industry. Learn only what you need to gain employment in your particular field, so you can get certified and enter the job market faster.

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  • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing – Health Information Technology

*Some programs may only be offered at certain locations.

The College of Health Care Professions also features:

  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Job placement assistance to graduates
  • Tutorials for all programs
  • Convenient day and evening classes
  • Four convenient locations
  • Friendly customer service oriented staff

If you’re ready to forge a new direction in your life with better career options in the rewarding Health Care Industry, don’t hesitate to find out more about The College of Health Care Professions today!

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The College of Health Care Professions – Austin
6330 East Highway 290, Ste 180
Austin, TX 78723

The College of Health Care Professions – Dallas
8585 North Stemmons Freeway
Suite N-300, Dallas, TX 75247

The College of Health Care Professions – Fort Worth
4248 North Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76137

The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Northwest
240 Northwest Mall Blvd.
Houston, TX 77092

The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Southwest
One Arena Place
7322 Southwest Freeway Suite 110
Houston, TX 77074

The College of Health Care Professions – McAllen
1917 Nolana Ave
Ste 100
McAllen, TX 78504

The College of Health Care Professions – San Antonio
4738 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229

The College of Health Care Professions is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for both degree and non-degree programs.

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