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Earn your Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science Degree and prepare for future work as a Surgical Technologist

At a Glance

  • Complete your Surgical Technology training in as few as 15 months!

  • Certificate is offered at two locations in CA, and AZ

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Carrington’s Surgical Technology program offered at our San Jose, California and Phoenix, Arizona locations, encompasses the academic and clinical instruction necessary for graduates to perform the entry-level duties of a surgical technologist. Students are expected to participate in a minimum of 120 surgical cases by the end of the program.

Courses include microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, surgical procedures, instrumentation and techniques, pre and postoperative routines, and care of surgical patients.

Program Outcomes

Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. They are members of operating room teams, which are usually made up of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. 

Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, graduates will be able to:  

  • Complete eligibility requirements for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists
  • Demonstrate knowledge of surgical technology skills by successfully accomplishing controlled learning activities
  • Employ information obtained from biological, social and psychological studies
  • Obtain and use knowledge in providing culturally fitting patient care
  • Apply acquired skills and knowledge within the clinical setting
  • Practice surgical asepsis in diverse clinical backgrounds
  • Function as a surgical team member to deliver excellence in patient care
  • Demonstrate the development and consistent application of a surgical conscience
  • Practice accountability, competence, and character demonstrative of a trained professional
  • Practice ownership of learning and maintain responsibility and self-discipline to appraise and incorporate continued learning
  • Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life
  • Demonstrate the social skills, professional appearance, attitudes and behavior that employers expect of all Carrington graduates

Campus Locations

Carrington College’s Surgical Technology program is available at one campus in California and one campus in Arizona.  To learn more about it, explore the campus page.

Phoenix, Arizona

San Jose, California


Program Specific Disclosures

Outcomes Assessment Exam Disclosure for Students Graduating Between 8/1/2017 and 7/31/2018, as reported in the 2019 ARC/STSA Annual Report

San Jose
Percent of Students Who Passed CST Exam

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.1

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Fixed Tuition Promise

How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you.2

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Career Opportunities

Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms and their equipment prior to surgery. They also assist during surgeries by passing instruments and other sterile supplies. Between 2018 and 2028 employment for surgical technologists is expected to grow 9%, faster than average growth across all industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.3

The national median salary in May 2018 for a surgical technologist was $47,300 per year or $22.74 per hour.3 For detailed regional information please visit

Surgical technologists are in demand as technological advances improve the safety of surgeries. As the baby-boom generation continues to age, it is expected that the rise in surgeries will likely follow.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415 506 0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

The Surgical Technology program at the San Jose campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727 210 2350, 

At this time, the Surgical Technology program offered at the Phoenix location is not programmatically accredited, and future such accreditation is not guaranteed; the graduates of this location’s program are thus, currently ineligible to apply for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

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  1. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  2. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at (visited January 07, 2020). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.