Few non-profit or public schools in Arizona offer programs in surgical technology. Students may choose to earn a certificate or an associate's degree in the field, both of which are available in the state; only one school offers both types of programs. A certificate in surgical technology may be earned in less than one year, while an associate's degree - which additionally includes general education classes - generally takes two years to earn.
East Valley Institute of Technology
Located in Mesa, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) offers a surgical technology certificate program that requires 11 months of coursework. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits this program, and financial aid is available. Applicants must have a current CPR certification card and successfully pass a medical terminology, HESI or anatomy and physiology examination. Within the 1,304-hour program, students complete coursework in the theory and application of surgical procedures and human anatomy. Graduates can choose to complete a 20-hour CST Exam Review course to prepare for the voluntary certification examination.
GateWay Community College
This two-year public institution is located in the heart of Phoenix. Its one-year surgical technology certificate program includes courses in microbiology, pharmacology, surgical technology and instrumentation. Students also complete practical, hands-on training courses in operating room procedures and study techniques for sterilization and disinfection. The program includes a preparation course for the national certification exam, which graduates are qualified to take.
The college's associate's degree in surgical technology program is similar to the certificate program, but students complete general education requirements. In addition to core courses in pharmacology, microbiology, surgical technology and operating room procedures, students can choose electives from related disciplines in communications, technology and the sciences. This two-year program also prepares students to sit for the national certification exam.
Mohave Community College
Mohave Community College is a public, two-year institution located in Kingman. Students enrolled in the 64-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Surgical Technology program take practical courses in anatomy, surgical techniques, pharmacology and surgical procedures. Pursuing the degree requires general education classes in English, psychology and communications. Students generally complete the coursework and practical clinical experience in two years. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the national certification exam for surgical technicians.
While it isn't required, surgical technicians can complete voluntary certification through organizations like the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Surgical Technology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|East Valley Institute of Technology||Two-year, public; large city||Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Surgical Technology||$13,935|
|GateWay Community College||Two-year, public; large city|| CCL in Surgical Technology,
AAS in Surgical Technology
|$2,070 in-state; $7,854 out-of-state|
|Mohave Community College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||AAS in Surgical Technology||$2,112 in-state; $6,972 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)