Surgery Technology Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Surgical technologists are also commonly referred to as operating room technicians and are responsible for assisting surgeons during operations. Students can choose to pursue either a certificate program or an associate's degree in surgery technology.

Surgery technology training programs prepare operating room technicians to assist surgeons during an operation. These programs typically award either a certificate or an associate's degree.

10 Schools with Surgery Technology Programs

The following is a table of schools that offer surgery technology programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Houston Community College Houston, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate $1,632 In-district
$3,360 In-state
$3,756 Out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, Texas 2-year, Public Associate's $1,504 In-district
$3,184 In-state
$3,544 Out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 4-year, Public Associate's $2,805 In-state
$9,450 Out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate $1,320 In-district
$2,064 In-state
$4,920 Out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,550 In-district
$9,210 In-state
$11,340 Out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, Utah 2-year, Public Certificate $3,569 In-state
$11,337 Out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida 4-year, Public Certificate $2,830 In-state
$9,944 Out-of-state
El Paso Community College El Paso, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,386 In-state
$4,042 Out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, Illinois 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$5,275 In-district
$10,885 In-state
$12,985 Out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 2-year, Public Associate's $2,745 In-district
$5,235 In-state
$7,305 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

College Selection Criteria

Two surgery technology training options exist for prospective students: a certificate program in surgery technology and an associate's degree in surgery technology.

Consider the following when looking for surgery technology schools:

  • Look for programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Consider seeking out programs that prepare students for national certification
  • Students may want to find schools that offer opportunities to join related student groups or associations, such as the Association of Surgical Technologists
  • Choosing a school that provides plenty of hands-on experience with an externship can increase a student's chances of securing employment after graduation.

Students wishing to become surgical technologists can look for accredited programs that help them prepare for certification in the field and provide opportunities for practical experience.


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