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. We are also offering an Associate Occupational Science Degree Program through Premiere Career College in Southern California. 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

Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:

Northern California

Provider: Altamont Healthcare

NCCT Certification Exam Eligibility

Program length: 800 hours

Program Start Dates: Program will be offered in 2022. Check back for dates.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Southern California

Provider: Concorde Career College

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program length: 18 months

Program Start Dates: Program will be offered in 2022. Check back for dates.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

 

Provider: Premiere Career College

Associate of Occupational Science in Surgical Technology
NBSTSA Certification Exam Eligibility

Program length: 61 weeks

Program Start Dates: September 27, 2021, October 18, 2021, and November 30, 2021

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Nevada

Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Surgical Technology Associates Degree

Program Length: 65 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Prerequisite: Some courses required before attending orientation

Denver

Provider: Community College of Denver

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 67 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 9, 2022

Prerequisites: Complete with a C or better in Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I, II, Math for Clinical Calculations, English Composition, and Medical Terminology.

 

Provider: Pima Medical Institutes

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 1750 hours

Program Start Dates: January 5, 2022

Prerequisites: None

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