Top Ranked Surgical Technology School - San Jose, CA

Four schools in the San Jose, CA, area have top ranking surgical technology programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for surgical technology, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking to study surgical technology in or near San Jose, CA, have few options, with only two public colleges and two for-profit schools providing relevant programs. Based on number of surgical technology degrees conferred and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the San Jose area for surgical technology studies:

  • Winner: Skyline College is located in San Bruno, CA, approximately 33 miles from San Jose. It is the largest public college within 50 miles of San Jose that provides programs in surgical technology. The school awards both a certificate and associate's degree in this subject.

School Info Chart

Category Skyline College
Location San Bruno, California
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $1,447*
Surgical Technology Levels Offered Certificate and associate's degree
Surgical Technology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 25*
Most Popular Surgical Technology Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 Certificate (15 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 17%*
Noteworthy Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Surgical technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Skyline College

  • Surgical technology program combines classroom and clinical instruction
  • Surgical technology curriculum follows standards established by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc.
  • Studies prepare graduates to sit for the National Board for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants certification exam

Established in 1969, Skyline College is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District. The 2-year public school enrolls more than 10,000 students and consists of nine divisions on its 111-acre main campus. It is a member of the state Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) program, which means credits earned in its associate's degree programs will transfer to any of the other seven TAG-participating schools. The Science, Math and Technology Division offers an Associate in Science in Surgical Technology and a Surgical Technology Certificate program.

The Associate in Science in Surgical Technology program consists of general education and surgical technology-specific courses. Core surgical technology courses cover the basic sciences and clinical practices, patient care and surgical specialties. In these courses, students learn the theories and practices of caring for patients during surgery and about the special procedures required for neurological, pediatric and cardiac surgery. To enroll, students must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time and have strong vision. They must also undergo a physical examination and prove they are immunized. The Surgical Technology Certificate program includes the same core courses as the associate's degree program, but does not include general education classes. It includes clinical and didactic courses covering concepts of patient care and surgical specialties.


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