Surgical Technology Program

Classes start as soon as July 18, 2016

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Individuals who work in the field of surgical technology have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives by directly contributing to positive surgical outcomes. If you are detail oriented, methodical and ready to take your focus to the next level, you might have what it takes to become a successful surgical technologist. Also, because surgical technologists practice their trade in operating rooms, you should be someone who has the discipline to remain composed and focused during even the most stressful situations.

Once you have earned your Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology, you should have a command of the specialized skills and procedures needed to assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other medical personnel. You will be responsible for duties that range from carrying out proper sterilization techniques in order to reduce the risk of infection, to passing instruments to surgeons during procedures.

To ensure that Carrington College’s Surgical Technology students receive the high level of training they need to become secure in their skills, we designed a program that integrates individualized instruction with extensive hands-on training. As a student in this program you can enjoy:

  • A balanced mixture of theory and practical surgical experience
  • An externship opportunity in an approved real-world surgical setting to reinforce the skills you’ve learned on campus
  • The ability to participate in a minimum of 120 surgical cases by the time you graduate

Careers in surgical technology are anything but routine

If you’re searching for a profession that can give you the flexibility to pursue employment in a wide range of settings, surgical technology is worth considering. Once you’re qualified, your skills and expertise can be put to use in a variety of medical settings, including: hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgery facilities, birthing centers, casting rooms and eye surgery centers.

Looking forward, the prospects for surgical techs look promising. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 30% between 2012 and 2022.1

A program that can take you from classroom to operating room

As a student enrolled in our Surgical Technology program, your coursework will follow a structured path. You will begin by learning about the human body and its processes, as well as subject matter such as medical terminology, microbiology and pharmacology. Once you have a solid base of knowledge, you can progress to core classes that cover surgical procedures, patient preparation and the preoperative and postoperative duties of surgical techs. Next you’ll explore surgical specialties such as gastrointestinal, OB/GYN, ophthalmic, and reconstructive. The final component of your education is the clinical rotation component during which you’ll practice your skills in a clinical site operating room. Your clinical rotation, however, will definitely not be the first time you put what you’ve learned to use. You will spend a great deal of time, through hands-on instruction and lab training, learning about the proper preparation of operating rooms, assisting with mock surgical cases and role playing in simulated emergency operations.

Once you have completed our Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science degree program in Surgical Technology, you should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and also the professionalism required to:

  • Demonstrate proper aseptic techniques
  • Set up instruments, equipment and sterile drapes
  • Help prepare specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Prepare incision sites
  • Perform surgical hand-scrubbing, gowning and gloving
  • Pass instruments and sterile supplies to surgical team members
  • Perform sanitation, disinfection and sterilization procedures
  • Carry out sterile fluid set-up and maintenance
  • Display competent communication skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and information management

Outcomes Assessment Exam Disclosure for Students Graduating Between 8/1/2013 and 7/31/2014, as reported in the 2015 ARC/STSA Annual Report

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Percent of Students Who Passed CST Exam


To learn more about educational and career opportunities for surgical technologists, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.