There are only three schools in or near Virginia Beach that have surgical technology programs. Based on distinction and student-to-faculty ratio, the following college is considered a top school in the Virginia Beach area for surgical technologist training:
- Winner: Sentara College of Health Sciences is the only private nonprofit school within 25 miles of Virginia Beach that offers surgical technology training. Students can earn an associate's degree in surgical technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Sentara College of Health Sciences|
|Distinction||The educational division of Sentara Healthcare, a system consisting of 12 hospitals and five medical groups in Virginia and North Carolina*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,271**|
|Surgical Technology Degrees Offered||Associate's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||78%**|
|Noteworthy||Surgical technology program over 50 years old and is only one of eight such programs in Virginia***; surgical technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)|
Sources: *Sentara Healthcare; **NCES College Navigator; ***Sentara College of Health Sciences
Sentara College of Health Sciences
- 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- State-of-the-art labs include an operating lab for surgical technology students
- Surgical technology program prepares students to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTA)
Sentara College of Health Sciences is a 4-year, healthcare career training school that opened its doors in 1892. Sentara College is partnered with Sentara Healthcare and is owned by Sentara General Northfolk Hospital, a ground-breaking institution that was the site of the first in-vitro fertilization. The programs at Sentara College of Health Science are divided into nursing programs, allied health programs and allied health courses. The surgical technology program falls into the allied health programs category.
The 48-credit hour Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology program integrates lectures and labs with hands-on clinical experiences. Foundational courses will address such topics as patient care management, post-operative care, infection control, patient safety, wound management and operating room procedures. Clinical coursework and externships allow for the study of various surgical procedures and techniques, ranging from orthopedic and gynecological procedures to oral and vascular surgeries. General education coursework includes anatomy and physiology, microbiology and math for allied health.