Surgical Technology Degree Programs in Northern California

Jan 29, 2019

Northern California Surgical Technology Schools

Northern California residents seeking an education in surgical technology can consider programs offered at area institutions. Studies in surgical technology are typically offered at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Completion of a degree program in surgical technology can lead to certification in the field.

Two public schools in Northern California and the surgical technology programs are profiled below. Get details about credits required and course topics explored in these programs.

  • Mt. Diablo Adult Education-Mt. Diablo USD offers an accredited 12-month certificate program in surgical technology. The Concord location is about 25 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco.
  • Skyline College provides both a certificate and associate's degree in surgical technology. The school is based in San Bruno, approximately 10 miles south of San Francisco.

Comparison of Schools

Before choosing a surgical technology degree program, it is helpful to examine all factors about the schools offering these studies. Read below to find statistical information about each school's tuition, graduation rates, retention rates, population and financial aid.

Mt. Diablo Adult Education-Mt. Diablo USD Skyline College
School Type Less than 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 140* 9,235*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $11,483 (program tuition & fees)* $1,447 (in-state)*
$8,136 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 31%* 46%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions)* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 90%* for full-time students N/A*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 96% (for those who began in 2014-2015)* 25% (for those who began in fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Mt. Diablo Adult Education-Mt. Diablo USD

This learning institution offers technical and career training to adults at two locations in northern California. A surgical technologist certificate program is available at the Concord location for interested students.

Surgical Technologist Certificate Program

This 12-month certificate program is designed to teach students along the guidelines given by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Students who finish the certificate program successfully will be eligible for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST). Classroom and laboratory experience will be required, as well as clinical experience in a medical environment. Program topics include pathophysiology, the management of stress as a working professional, patient care, anatomy, physiology, communication, and teamwork.

Skyline College

Skyline College is one of three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District. The college's surgical technology programs are also accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Students enrolled in the associate's degree program are required to take the same courses as those in the certificate program, but they must also complete the college's general education requirements. Required courses include patient care, body systems, medical terminology, pharmacology, surgical procedures and surgical specialties. Students learn about patient care concepts and sciences in surgical technology and take clinical courses. In addition to the 34 units of surgical technology courses, students must take additional credits in general education courses and electives.

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