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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

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.

Campus
  • East Greenwich
Programs
  • AS - Surgical

American Career College

American Career College (ACC) offers hands-on training that will prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry at three campuses in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County, California. ACC“s programs combine classroom lectures and hands-on training to prepare students for a Diploma or Associate of Occupational Science degree. All ACC programs include access to trained faculty, a full student services department committed to helping students succeed, and career guidance and services after graduation. ACC is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools; some programs also hold programmatic accreditation or approvals.

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.

Campus
  • Orange County
  • Los Angeles
  • Inland Empire
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

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. Spencerian College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, and Associate degree programs. The mission of Spencerian College is to provide men and women with quality training for careers in the business, technical and health care professions.

Campus
  • Louisville
Programs
  • Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
  • Surgical Technology

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, which now leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology and Nursing. We have recently received approval to offer a 32 semester credit hour Certificate in Personal Training. As we approach 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.

Campus
  • New York, NY
Programs
  • Surgical Technologist

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed – and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 – more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started – and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

Campus
  • San Antonio
  • Aurora
  • San Bernardino
  • North Hollywood
  • San Diego
  • Portland
Programs
  • Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Technologist

San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates. Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California – including an Online division – and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields. Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on training and learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Campus
  • Fresno
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

Anthem Institute

Anthem Institute delivers accredited, career-focused diplomas in a wide variety of fields to help you meet the challenges of these fast growing and ever changing industries. At Anthem Institute, you will find professionals ready to support your quest for a successful career. We offer programs to students who are entering the workforce for the first time as well as those who are looking to expand their existing career skills. Our knowledgeable and qualified admissions staff advise students on programs that match their career goals. Start your journey today to earn the credentials you need to excel in tomorrow’s workforce.

Campus
  • North Brunswick
Programs
  • Surgical Technology - DIP

Virginia College

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!

Campus
  • Baton Rouge
  • Jackson
  • Austin
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

Southeastern College

As a student at Southeastern College, you will gain the training, skills, and knowledge you need to start a rewarding career in growing occupations such as practical nursing, emergency medical services, medical assisting, massage therapy, and pharmacy technology. Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults.

Campus
  • Jacksonville
Programs
  • Associate in Surgical Technology

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