Surgical technology programs that include studies in obstetrics are most commonly available at two-year community colleges or technical schools. Students can earn an associate's degree or undergraduate certificate to prepare for a career as a surgical technologist.
10 Surgical Technology Schools
These ten schools offer surgical technologist training programs that cover obstetrics:
|University/College||Location||Degree Offered||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Sinclair College||Dayton, OH||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,476 in-district, $3,604 in-state, $6,868 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences||Lancaster, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate, Certificate||$24,453|
|Eastern Idaho Technical College||Idaho Falls, ID||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,780 in-state, $8,996 out-of-state|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state|
|Massachusetts Bay Community College||Wellesley Hills, MA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,496 in-state, $9,440 out-of-state|
|Eastern Maine Community College||Bangor, ME||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,810 in-state, $6,510 out-of-state|
|Lorain County Community College||Elyria, OH||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,077 in-district, $3,679 in-state, $7,302 out-of-state|
|Gulf Coast State College||Panama City, FL||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,765 in-state, $10,072 out-of-state|
|College of Central Florida||Ocala, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,570 in-state, $10,126 out-of-state|
|Prairie State College||Chicago, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,432 in-district, $7,800 in-state, $9,240 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing surgical technology program:
- Prospective students should make sure that the school is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Applied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
- Prospective students may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, which is offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
- Students should find out about internship opportunities offered through the program; for instance, those who are particularly interested in obstetrics may look for schools that offer internships in women's health centers or hospitals that specialize in obstetrics and gynecological care.
- Prospective students may want to get information about the school's lab facilities in order to ensure that students in the program gain experience with industry-standard obstetrics technologies.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs for surgical technologists typically begin with fundamental biomedical coursework, with topics such as anatomy, physiology, psychology and medical terminology. From there, students complete career-focused, supervised clinical training in surgical procedures, including practices in specialty areas such as obstetrics, gynecology, urology, orthopedic, cardiac, oral and neurosurgery, among others. Prior to graduation, students must also fulfill general education requirements. In total, these programs take 4 or 5 semesters to complete. When they finish, graduates are prepared to take the CDT exam.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
Undergraduate certificate programs in surgical technology typically take one year or less to complete. They include much of the same classroom and clinical courses as associate's degree programs, but students are typically required to take only one or two general education courses. Graduates are prepared to take the CDT exam and qualified to pursue entry-level technologist jobs.
Associate's degree and undergraduate certificate programs can prepare students for work as surgical technologists, including specialized training in obstetrics. When choosing between schools, it can be helpful to consider internship opportunities.