Top Schools for Surgical Technology

Read about the top schools for surgical technology, through which students learn how to prepare patients and equipment for procedures under the supervision of a doctor or health professional. Find summaries of four programs, as well as list of other schools that provide training for surgical technologists. View article »

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Many top schools offer associate degrees in surgical technology. Students can find programs at these schools that prepare them for professional certification and offer additional job placement services. The four schools profiled here have a variety of options, including distance learning and an advanced bachelor's degree program in the field.

U.S. News and World Report nationally or regionally ranked each school in 2016.

1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

School Highlight: Through distance learning, the Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies with a surgical technology focus.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport ranked seventh among the best public schools and tied for 13th among the best regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report. Through the School of Health Sciences, the college offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Surgical Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies with a concentration in surgical technology. The Pennsylvania College of Technology is associated with Pennsylvania State University and delivers technology education to the region.

2. Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT

School Highlight: The curriculum at Montana Tech requires students to take a 16-credit core in educational health studies during the first semester.

Montana Tech in Butte is an outreach campus that offers an A.A.S. in Surgical Technology in association with the University of Montana College of Technology in Missoula, MT. Once enrolled, students take classes online through the Missoula campus; clinical and lab classes take place at Montana Tech. Graduates are eligible to take a certification exam, and those who pass earn the title of Certified Surgical Technologist.

The school was ranked fourth among regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report in 2016.

3. University of Arkansas in Fort Smith

School Highlight: Admission to the University of Arkansas' surgical technology program is very competitive.

In 2016, the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith was tied at 56th among regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers an A.A.S. in Surgical Technology program that blends classroom, laboratory and surgical suite training to prepare students for certification.

Through its career services, the school helps students find jobs and internships while attending school and after graduation. Services include interview tips and assistance with writing resumes and cover letters.

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4. Bismarck State College in Bismarck, ND

School Highlight: The surgical technology program requires an interview for admission.

Bismarck State College was ranked 7th among the best public schools in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report in 2016.

The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in surgical technology, which can be completed in 2-3 years. The program has been credited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs and graduates are prepared for the National Surgical Technologist Certifying Exam.

In addition to basic science coursework in topics like anatomy and physiology, students also receive real world training through a clinical internship in an operating room.

Top Surgical Technology Schools

Here are some more colleges with excellent surgical technology programs:

School Name Distinction Location
Bowling Green Technical College Small class sizes Bowling Green, KY
College of DuPage Training in multiple types of surgical environments Glen Ellyn, IL
Greenville Technical College Surgical technology program is one of twenty programs offered by the Health & Wellness Division Greenville, SC
Indian River State College Accelerated alternative delivery option Fort Pierce, FL
Lake Superior College Academic Quality Improvement Program Duluth, MN
MiraCosta College One of only four community colleges in California with a surgical technology program Oceanside, CA

Aspiring surgical technologists can get the training they need for certification and entry level jobs through programs at top colleges across the country. These schools generally offer both academic and clinical experiences, and award their students associate's degrees.

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