There are two year degree programs for surgical tech’s with no experience in the medical field needed. Also available is a one year diploma for those already in the medical field. Students should check that the school has accreditation review committee for surgical technology. This is required to be able to sit the certification exam. Generally the learning schedule is 8 hour days, 2 to 5 day per week. The course work typically includes:
Some of the coursework may be available to you online. This can be beneficial to those with busy schedules or who live far from campus.
Due to the high demand for surgical tech’s in Arizona the average pay is very good at $47,070 per year and rising considerably with years of experience. Most employers have health benefits and some offer tuition reimbursement. With further education and specialization surgical technicians and really increase their earning potential. (Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.)