Surgical Technologist Pathway

Surgical technologists assist surgeons and nurses during life-saving operations, help care for and transfer patients, and—most importantly—ensure the surgical field is sterile before, during, and after procedures. The Surgical Technology Pathway Program is designed to prepare you with foundational knowledge in health sciences and fundamental professional skills for assisting during surgical procedures

The Education Fund has partnered with Concorde Career College to offer eligible members a degree program for those located in the North Hollywood and San Bernardino areas. Upon successful completion of this program, participants earn an Associate of Science in Surgical Technology degree. In the Bakersfield and Stockton areas, we are working with Altamont Healthcare to offer a Certificate Exam prep course (NCCT) for Surgical Technology. These are hybrid programs, including classroom, hands-on laboratory instruction, and clinical training.

The Importance of Surgical Technologists

Surgical technologists spend the day preparing operating rooms and assisting during surgical procedures. The primary duties of a surgical technologist include:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery and maintaining a sterile field to prevent infection.
  • Sterilizing equipment and stocking instrument trays for use during surgery.
  • Performing pre-operative care for patients, including washing incision areas.
  • Helping surgeons and nurses don gowns and other sterile protective equipment.
  • Passing instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons or nurses during procedures.
  • Gathering and preparing laboratory samples for processing.

Why become a Surgical Technologist?

 

  • The surgical technologist job market is expected to grow by 11.7% between 2016 and 2026.*
  • With experience and depending on the region, technicians can earn as much as $56 per hour.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Locations & Dates:

This intensive program requires your full-time commitment. It is recommended that candidates consider their schedule and availability before applying.

North Hollywood

7-Term Program (each term is 10 weeks).
August 23, 2021 – February 17, 2023 *
* Program length is dependent on transfer credits and course-load and may be subject to change.
Application deadline: July 31, 2021

 

  • GE courses: self-guided online
  • Surgical Technologist Course: in-person day or evening option
  • Clinicals: in-person (September 2022 — February 2023)
  • Certification Exam eligibility (NCCT)
  • Not programmatically accredited

San Bernardino

7-Term Program (each term is 10 weeks).
August 23, 2021 – February 17, 2023 *
* Program length is dependent on transfer credits and course-load and may be subject to change.
Application deadline: July 31, 2021

 

  • GE courses: self-guided online
  • Surgical Technologist course: online classes, day only.
  • Clinicals: in-person day shifts (September 2022 — February 2023)
  • Programmatically accredited (CAAHEP)
  • Certification exam eligibility CST or NCCT

Bakersfield

8-month program
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  • Weekend classes.
  • In-person labs and 300 hours of in-person externship
  • Certification Exam eligibility (NCCT)
  • Not programmatically accredited

Stockton

8-month program
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  • Weekend classes
  • In-person labs and 300 hours of in-person externship
  • Certification Exam eligibility (NCCT)
  • Not programmatically accredited

Get started

If you’re interested, feel like you might be a good fit and are ready to get started, follow these steps:

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