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: Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute

CST Certification Exam Eligibility

Program Length: 12 months for Certificate Program, 16 months for A.A.S. Degree Program

Application Deadline:

  • September 2, 2022 (Degree Program only)

Program Start Dates:

  • October 3, 2022 (Degree Program only)

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED for A.A.S. Degree Program. Associate Degree for Certificate Program.

Southern California

Provider: Premiere Career College

Associate’s Degree in Occupational Science in Surgical Technology
NBSTSA Certification Exam Eligibility

Program Length: 14 months

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

The application period for 2022 has closed. New dates will be available in 2023.

 

Provider: Concorde Career College

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 18 months

Application Deadlines:

  • November 7, 2022


Program Start Dates:

  • December 5, 2022

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Oregon & Washington

Provider: Concorde Career College

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 18 months

Application Deadlines:

  • November 7, 2022


Program Start Dates:

  • December 5, 2022

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Nevada

Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology

Program Length: 2 years

Application Deadline:

  • August 15, 2022

Program Start Dates:

  • August 29, 2022

Prerequisite: Some courses required before attending orientation

Colorado

Provider: Pima Medical Institutes

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 18 months

Application Deadline:

  • September 2, 2022

Program Start Date:

  • September 28, 2022

Prerequisites: None

 

Provider: Concorde Career College

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Program Length: 18 months

Application Deadlines:

  • November 7, 2022


Program Start Dates:

  • December 5, 2022

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Get started

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