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
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, Texas||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $1,504 In-district
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, Nevada||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,805 In-state
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,320 In-district
|Austin Community College||Austin, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,550 In-district
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, Utah||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,569 In-state
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, Florida||4-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,830 In-state
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,386 In-state
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, Illinois||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $5,275 In-district
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,745 In-district
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.