Northern California Surgical Technology Schools
Northern California residents seeking an education in surgical technology can consider programs offered at area community colleges. Studies in surgical technology are typically offered at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Completion of a degree program in surgical technology can lead to certification in the field.
Two community colleges in Northern California and their surgical technology programs are profiled below. Get details about credits required and course topics explored in these programs. Learn helpful facts about each school in the table provided at the bottom of this article.
- Fresno City College offers an accredited 2-year degree program in surgical technology. The college is located about four miles north of downtown Fresno.
- Skyline College provides both a certificate and associate's degree in surgical technology. The school is based in San Bruno, approximately 16 miles south of San Francisco.
Comparison of Schools
Before choosing a surgical technology degree program, it is helpful to examine all factors about the schools offering these studies. Read below to find statistical information about each school's tuition, graduation rates, retention rates, population and financial aid.
|Fresno City College||Skyline College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||22,307*||9,820*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$1,194 (in-state)*
| $1,447 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||85%*||62%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||67%* for full-time students||80%* for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||18%*||16%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Fresno City College
Fresno City College is California's oldest community college. The surgical technology programs at Fresno City College prepare students to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam. The Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredits the programs.
Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology
To be accepted into Fresno City College's surgical technology associate degree program, students must have graduated from high school with at least a 'C' average. They are also required to pass a background check. Students admitted to the program take courses in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, speech, surgical technology, surgical techniques and surgical procedures. They also gain hands-on clinical experience.
The associate's degree program requires students to complete general education courses. Students enrolled in this program need to take liberal arts courses and physical education courses in addition to the surgical technology major courses. This program requires 60 units total and generally takes two years to complete.
Skyline College was established in 1969 and is one of three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District. The college's surgical technology programs are also accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Associate of Science in Surgical Technology
Students enrolled in the associate's degree program are required to take the same courses as those in the certificate program, but they must also complete the college's general education requirements. Required courses include patient care, body systems, medical terminology, pharmacology, surgical procedures and surgical specialties. Students learn about patient care concepts and sciences in surgical technology and take clinical courses.
In addition to the 30 units of surgical technology courses, students must take 19 credits in general education courses. Required general education courses include subjects in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, health and physical fitness, English communication and self-development. An additional 12 credits are taken in areas of history and physical education as well as one course to fulfill an ethnic cultural diversity requirement; the course can be chosen from a variety of areas, including anthropology, art, business, literature, music, philosophy, sociology, psychology or Spanish.