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Surgical Tech Training

Surgical tech training provides students with the basic medical knowledge and hands-on skills needed for employment as surgical technologists. These medical professionals work in hospital surgery units and other surgical environments, but do not need the same level of training as a surgeon or physician.

Surgical technician training programs encompass essential medical knowledge and terminology, as well as surgical practice and techniques.

What to Expect In Surgical Tech Training

The most common types of training received by surgical technicians are associate’s degrees and certificates. Diplomas are also available for students who do not have prior college experience and who do not wish to pursue an associate’s degree. Surgical tech training programs typically last from a few months to a year for certificate programs and diplomas, and around two years for an associate’s degree.

Surgical tech course work varies from program to program, but fundamental training covers subjects such as:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Biology and Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Surgical Techniques
  • Patient Care

A good surgical technician training program also teaches students how to think critically, act decisively, and remain calm under pressure. Associate’s degree programs additionally include general education topics such as math and communications, which help to build a solid educational foundation that can be used to advance further, or even to move into other professions.

Degrees vs Certificates and Diplomas

According to Health Professions Network, the most popular credential for surgical technicians is the associate’s degree, because it is more in depth and relatively well rounded. These training programs supplement core surgical tech courses with a few general education courses such as English composition, algebra, communications, foreign language and critical thinking. This provides a multifaceted education that leads to a more professional demeanor, or can be adapted to other occupations.

Surgical tech certificate programs, on the other hand, are intended mostly as a bridge between an existing degree and the surgical technician core course material. These programs pass over general education topics to focus primarily on surgical knowledge and techniques, and are preferred by surgical techs who already hold previous healthcare degrees. This surgical tech training option is well suited to those who are shifting careers.

The main difference between these two training options is program length, as well as the associated cost.

The third option, diploma programs, offers a similar training focus to certificate programs, without the requirement of existing college education. These programs are valuable as a fast, relatively affordable means to entering the job market as an entry-level surgical technician.

Surgical Tech Externships

Many surgical technician training programs include an externship, which consists of supervised experience working as a surgical technologist in a local hospital. Students participating in externships perform typical surgical tech duties under the supervision of a physician or lead surgical tech, with work performance affecting the externship grade.

Participation in an externship program is a great way for surgical tech students to use their training, build work experience, and create professional connections early in their careers.

Surgical Technician Training Prerequisites

Program requirements for surgical techs depend on the credential sought. Associate’s degree programs and diploma programs require only a high school diploma or GED, while certificate programs usually require some college experience, and possibly an undergraduate degree.

Though no particular high school classes are required for entry into a surgical tech training program, some recommended classes that can build familiarity with course concepts are:

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Physics

Some schools may recommend that potential students enroll in a basic college math course prior to applying.

Surgical Technician Training Programs Enrolling Today

New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 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 Institute of Technology (also known as New England Tech or NEIT) 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. Last year, over 3,000 students chose 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 wh qualify):*

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


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

Campus
  • East Greenwich
Programs
  • AS - 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, 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.

Campus
  • New York
Programs
  • Surgical Technologist

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!

Campus
  • Orange Park
  • Richmond
  • Columbus
Programs
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technologist

Virginia College

The Most Direct Path to Your New Career

Our Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs emphasize a fast and focused method without sacrificing the quality education that students and employers demand. We constantly research the job market to make certain we are offering those career programs in which the greatest job growth is expected. We proudly offer the most direct path to your new career! To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Career Placement Assistance

Once you have the degree, do you know how to begin your new career? Maybe you’re looking for a new profession, or just want to move ahead in the one that you already have. At Virginia College, our Career Development associates stand ready to assist you in obtaining or enhancing your career wherever you are…helping you with job placement services well beyond graduation! To find out more, complete the Request for More Information or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Financial Aid Available for Those Who Qualify

One of the first questions many of our prospective students ask is, “How will I pay for college?” The answer is the right combination of financial aid programs that can help you manage the costs involved in obtaining your degree. The Financial Aid department at Virginia College is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, Pell grants, and student loans are available to those who require assistance and qualify. It can be a complicated process, but we are here, ready to help you make the best decisions. To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Day and Night Class Schedules

Sometimes it is very difficult to return to school, balancing job, family and other commitments in your busy life. That is why Virginia College offers day and night class scheduling. Many of your classes may be available on line as well, so you can take them anytime, anywhere, so long as you have a reliable Internet connection. To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Small Class Sizes

Virginia College specializes in individual attention for our students. We have found the best learning environment includes smaller classes, taught by instructors with real-world experience. Many of them work in the fields in which they teach so they bring real-life situations to the classroom and lab. We know many of our students have had varying experiences with attending college in the past. We make sure you are not just a number, and take a personal interest in your success! To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

No Hidden Fees

You know exactly what your education will cost—up front and in detail! There are no hidden or unexpected add-on fees (some programs may require that you purchase specialized items or pay one-time fees, but you know about those from the start). In most cases, even your textbooks are included in the total price. This alone can make hundreds of dollars of difference per quarter. Keep this in mind when comparing costs at Virginia College to other schools! To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Personalized Service Centered Around the Student

Ever feel like some schools are more concerned with the faculty than the student? At Virginia College, we’re focused on student satisfaction and outcomes. Personalized service and attention from professionals in academics, technology, financial planning and career developement surround the students to help them achieve their specific goals. To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Instructors with Real-World Experience

Instructors from Virginia College are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields. These are the people you want to learn from to be a success in the same career. At Virginia College, our instructors don’t just teach a course, they LIVE it. To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

A Variety of Degree Programs

Virginia College has degree offerings in areas that provide our graduates with skills that are highly valued by today’s employers. Business, criminal justice, paralegal, healthcare, technology and even culinary arts are a few of the Associate’s, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees available. To find out more, complete the Request More Information form or call and talk with an Admissions Representative at the Virginia College campus nearest you.

Campus
  • Columbus
  • Austin
  • Columbia
Programs
  • Surgical Technology

Southeastern College

Southeastern College Offers Career Education Designed for Working Adults

As a student at Southeastern College, you will gain the training, skills, and knowledge you need to prepare for a rewarding career in occupations such as:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Surgical Technology and more

Programs vary by campus

Why Southeastern College

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern College a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student, and you will gain career skills in an educational environment that simulates the workplace, so you can begin using your education immediately on the job.

Additional benefits:

  • Prepare for a new career in as few as eight months
  • Learn from dedicated instructors in a caring, friendly learning environment
  • Financial aid is available to those who qualify
  • Career placement assistance is available for graduates

Contact us today to find out more about why Southeastern College is the right choice to reach your career goals.

ACCREDITATION
Southeastern College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, 2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 302, Arlington, Virginia, 22201. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Commission at (703) 247-4212.

Campus
  • West Palm Beach
  • Miami Lakes Area
Programs
  • Associate in 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. 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
  • Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

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