Surgical Technologist Schools and Programs

Surgical Technologists (also called scrubs or operating room technicians) help before, during, and after surgical procedures, working under direct supervision of Registered Nurses or physicians. Your duties may include prepping the patient, adjusting the patient and handing instruments to doctors or nurses, handling or disposing specimens, and operating equipment used in medical procedures. With additional career training or by completing additional degrees, you can advance to the role of surgical first assistant.

Surgical Technologist Career Overview

Certified Surgical Technologists receive formal training at colleges, universities, or medical trade schools. Programs combine technical and medical courses with hands-on experience in medical facilities or training hospitals. By graduating from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, students can sit for the national certification examination. You can maintain your certifications by continuing your education or re-taking the examination every five years.

Surgical Technologist's Compensation and Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for surgical technicians in 2008 was $39,400, with employers paying $55,620 at the top of the scale. By comparison, the rate is lower than the $62,450 median annual wage for Registered Nurses for the same year. The BLS predicts a 25 percent growth in jobs for surgical technologists between 2008 and 2018. Hospitals will offer the greatest number of new jobs; however, a faster growth rate in jobs is predicted for outpatient clinics and physicians' offices.

Surgical Technologist Education Options

Schools and colleges currently offer programs running from nine to twenty-four months in surgical technology, leading to a certificate, diploma, or an associate's degree.

Nursing and Health Care Schools

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Keiser University

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in high demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology, AS

Sanford - Brown College

Get the skills you need in Tech, Business, or Healthcare in as little as 9 months from Sanford-Brown College.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology
Surgical Technology (Day)
Surgical Technology (Evening)

Everest Institute

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technologist (Diploma)

Sanford-Brown Institute

Turn your love of medicine into a rewarding career at Sanford-Brown Institute. Learn more today.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology

Lincoln Tech®

Get the career training you need to succeed at Lincoln Tech®.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology

Harris School of Business

Jump into the exciting world of technology or medical services at Harris School of Business.

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology


Prepare for a rewarding medical or dental career at Medix. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs Offered:
Surgical Technologist

Colorado Technical University

As the workplace becomes more competitive, employers are looking for more skills. Everything you need to excel in IT, Business, or Tech Management can be found at Colorado Technical University.

Programs Offered:
Denver - Associate of Science - Surgical Technology
Denver North - Associate of Science - Surgical Technology

New England Institute of Technology

Get your career on the right track with New England Institute of Technology.

Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Surgical Technology

Stevens-Henager College

Other colleges make promises. Stevens-Henager College delivers.

Programs Offered:
Associate of Occupational Studies in Surgical Technologist

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