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MEDICAL PROGRAMSSurgical Technology

Earn your Certificate of Achievement and prepare for future work as a Surgical Technologist

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REAL WORLD SKILLS
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
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You can get an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS
Conveniently available at 2 of our campuses.
AFFORDABLE TUITION
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Surgical Technologist at Carrington College

Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Surgical Technologist at Carrington College

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Find your path as a Surgical Technologist

Talk to an enrollment services representative about your options and earn your associate degree in as few as 15 months!

What Will I Learn?

Basic Surgical Procedures
Surgical Case Management
Advanced Surgical Procedures
Introduction to Surgical Technology

Career Opportunities

Surgical technologists play a vital role on a healthcare team. Keeping surgical equipment and operators sterile is a very important job. Surgical technologists help maintain a sterile environment in hopes of reducing postoperative infections in patients.

According to the BLS, some typical surgical technologist job duties may include:1

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery
  • Sterilizing equipment and making sure there are adequate supplies for surgery
  • Readying patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites
  • Helping surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies
  • Counting supplies, such as surgical instruments, to ensure that no foreign objects are retained in patients
  • Maintaining a sterile environment to prevent patient infection
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Program Details

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

Program Availability

Carrington College’s Surgical Technology program is available at one campus in California and one campus in Arizona. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

Program Specific Disclosures

Retention Rate

Based on the most recent annual report submitted to the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

  • San Jose: 73% (2020-2021)

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

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, www.caahep.org). 

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 carrington.edu/accreditation.

 

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Check out our guide on becoming a Surgical Technologist

The operating room hums with tension. A surgeon is painstakingly operating on a patient. The room is full of medical personnel who all serve important purposes. And you’re there, in the middle of the action. If that sounds like an exciting and fulfilling career, then you may be looking to become a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists serve an important role in hospitals and surgical centers, working under the supervision of doctors, nurses, or other surgical personnel to make sure the operating room is ideal for surgery.

Surgeon and surgical technician in the operating room performing surgery

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Surgical Technologist FAQ

How long does it take to become a Surgical Technologist?

Carrington’s Surgical Technology program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Surgical Technologists (ST) are responsible for understanding and working in the perioperative care of the surgical patient. They anticipate the needs of the surgeon, understand, prepare, and function within all the surgical specialties, pass and provide sterile items in an effective manner, sponge/suction the operative site, prepare suture material, dispense appropriate fluids/drugs, manipulate human tissue and organs, and functioning as a surgical assistant.1

How long does it take to become a Surgical Technologist?

Carrington’s Surgical Technology program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Surgical Technologists (ST) are responsible for understanding and working in the perioperative care of the surgical patient. They anticipate the needs of the surgeon, understand, prepare, and function within all the surgical specialties, pass and provide sterile items in an effective manner, sponge/suction the operative site, prepare suture material, dispense appropriate fluids/drugs, manipulate human tissue and organs, and functioning as a surgical assistant.1