A comprehensive sterile processing and distribution program prepares the student for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) exam to become nationally certified as a Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT). Surgical technology programs prepare students for the Surgical Technologist Certifying Exam.
Schools with Surgical Technology Programs
The following is a list of 2-year public colleges that offer comprehensive surgical technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$9,359-$14,109**|
|Southeast Community College||Lincoln, NE||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,128 (In-state)
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,547 (In-state)
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,530 (In-district)
|Metropolitan Community College||Kansas City, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,120 (In-district)
|Meridian Community College||Meridian, MS||2-year, Public||Certificate||$50-$125 per course**|
|Nashville State Community College||Nashville, TN||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $4,191 (In-state)
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| $4,284 (In-state)
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,368 (In-state)
Sources: *NCES, **School websites
School Selection Criteria
Take the following factors into consideration when choosing a school:
- Certain schools offer programs to high school students in which they can earn credits toward a certificate while still in high school.
- Schools that offer the student clinical experience at a sterile processing center, central service facility or hospital can help make the student a more attractive job candidate.
- Think about the total costs for program participation which can include tuition, textbooks, uniforms and other school fees plus insurance, a physical exam, immunizations and a background check.
Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program
A typical program takes from 20 to 36 hours to complete. The goal of the program is to prepare the students to pass the CSPT exam.
Associate Degree in Surgical Technology
This 2-year associate degree program prepares students to work in surgical settings. Graduates are qualified to assist in operating rooms, delivery rooms, ambulatory surgical units and doctors' offices or wherever surgical procedures are performed.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies - Surgical Technology
For students who are already certified or licensed health care practitioners, this program offers an advanced health sciences degree with a concentration in surgical technology. It offers the student exposure to business and administrative concerns in the health care setting, combining surgical technology expertise with management skills. It also includes core college courses to fulfill general education requirements for a bachelor's degree.
Certificate and associate's degree programs in surgical technology are available throughout the United States. When choosing a program, applicants must consider whether the program offers a clinical experience component and the total costs for program participation.