Surgical Tech Schools & Programs

Surgical tech schools are designed to provide career-oriented education for surgical technicians. A surgical tech school can be a junior college, career institute, university, or another type of school offering surgical technician training. There are a few types of credential offered by surgical technician schools, and the type of program somewhat determines a surgical tech’s career options after graduation.

Surgical Technician School Options

The most common types of surgical tech training program are associate’s degree programs, certificate programs and diploma programs. Some schools offer bachelor’s degree programs, but they are less common. Most surgical tech schools offer either a two-year programs culminating in an associate’s degree, or a one-year program ending in a certificate or diploma.

  • Associate’s degrees are the most popular type of credential offered by surgical technician schools. They are designed for students with a high-school education or a small amount of college education, so they dedicate some time to general education classes in science, math and other foundation subjects. Associate’s degrees are more preferred by employers as well, for their well-rounded nature.
  • Certificate programs are designed for students who already hold a degree or have already taken most of their general education courses. These programs provide mostly condensed, career-focused training in a shorter time period, and are good for healthcare professionals who are switching career paths.
  • Diploma programs do not require any prior college education, and are intended to prepare high school graduates for entry-level employment as surgical technicians. They focus on core classes, but may include some foundation courses such as Biology or Communications.

School Enrollment Requirements

Most surgical tech schools require a high school diploma or GED for enrollment. Certificate programs may also require an undergraduate degree, or at least some earned college credit, as they are designed to supplement an existing degree.

There are no particular high school courses that are required for enrollment in surgical technologist schools, but some classes are helpful in preparing for surgical tech course material. These are:

  • Math
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health

During the enrollment process, surgical tech schools generally ask for high school transcripts, and may also ask for a few other documents such as a resume, letter of recommendation, and sometimes a personal essay assigned by the school.

Finding the Right School

Here are a few things to consider when choosing among schools in your area:

Accreditation – Good surgical tech schools are accredited by an organization whose goal is to ensure the education meets basic industry standards. The two most respected organizations that accredit surgical technician schools are the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Graduation from an accredited school is also required for surgical technicians who plan to pursue certification.

Tuition – Since many schools do not place their tuition information online, finding a school’s tuition costs may require more research. However, school representatives may be able to answer questions about cost, and most surgical tech schools include tuition information in their information packets for potential students.

Career Options – Many surgical technician schools offer career services such as job placement assistance, resume reviewing, interview coaching or recruitment connections. This is not a deal breaker, but it is helpful to have.

Location – Some surgical technologist schools do not accept students who live outside of reasonable commuting range of a campus. However, students who are not located near a school’s campus have the option of online surgical technician schools, which enroll new students regularly.

Surgical Tech Schools Enrolling Now

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College – The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.

With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions. Part of DeVry Education Group, Carrington College operates 18 campuses across 8 Western states through a broad range of programs that lead to certificates of achievement or associate degrees in medical, dental, administrative and veterinary fields.

Carrington College’s career-focused curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in their fields of study. Along with academic preparation and skills training, Carrington College students gain core institutional student learning outcomes in critical thinking, information management, and technical literacy. But it doesn’t end there. Personal and professional development, communication skills, respect, and responsibility are also emphasized throughout their education at Carrington College.

Students, faculty, and administrative staff at Carrington College are encouraged to pursue and achieve their highest potential. We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do and instill in our students the same aspirations. In doing so, we’re confident that our graduates will be prepared to begin working in the health care field and ready to meet the needs of patients.


New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in Technical Career Education in southern New England, New England Tech is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Every year over 2,000 students choose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.

New England Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).

Key Facts:

  • Hands-on Training
  • Day or Evening Classes
  • Financial Aid available for those who qualify / Ask about our Military and Veterans benefits
  • Career Planning Assistance
  • Housing Assistance

Financial Aid (for those who qualify):

  • Non-repayable grants
  • Work-study programs
  • Student Loans
  • Our own tuition payment plan
  • Military and Veterans Benefits

New England Institute of Technology
One New England Tech Boulevard
East Greenwich
RI 02818-1205


Virginia College

Take your life in an exciting new direction with an education from Virginia College! Graduates of Virginia College can be confident in the skills and training that they’ve received because programs are designed for their success. Virginia College focuses on the needs of the job market of each industry, creating programs that meet the needs of students and future employees alike.

Virginia College provides the convenience of flexible class schedules with the benefits of small class sizes. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, helping open doors for everyone who wants to improve his or her education and opportunities!

Virginia College provides a number of choices in order to offer you the education that best fits your needs and goals, from diploma and associate degree programs to bachelor degree programs at some locations. Virginia College’s school of business management even offers graduate degrees at select campuses. Programs are also offered in a number of different fields, providing choices as varied as graphic design degrees or paralegal studies. Whether you’re interested in criminal justice schools or a cosmetology college, Virginia College has a choice that’s right for you!

Classes Start April 6, 2016!


Southern Technical College

Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, we have the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into your career today! At STC we offer hands-on clinical training, career placement assistance and morning or evening schedules.


Fortis College

At Fortis, our students get the skills and training needed for great careers in industries that are in demand. You are now closer to your dreams than ever before!

Fortis provides prominent education for anyone regardless of your previous educational background. Get the opportunity to receive all the personalized attention you deserve to achieve your career and educational goals!


Keiser University

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.
At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependants. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training

Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.


Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences

Welcome to the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.

The college is proud of its long-standing program in massage therapy, that leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Nursing. Three certificate programs are also offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Personal Training and Clinical Medical Assistant. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we pledge to continue to offer programs of the same quality that made our massage therapy program a landmark in healthcare education.


Spencerian College

Spencerian College has been educating students since 1892 and is part of the Sullivan University system which is Kentucky’s largest private college system with over 6,000 students. Spencerian offers career-focused curriculums in business, medical and technical fields. The mission of Spencerian College is to provide men and women with quality training for careers in the business, technical and health care professions.


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