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

At a Glance

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

  • Surgical Technology 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 Surgical Technician 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

Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 7 months.  Visit Our Health Studies Page


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 8/1/2019 and 7/31/2020:

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.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Our surgical technician 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.

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), 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

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

Read Our Career Guide On Surgical Technology

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.

Surgical Technology 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 three phases of perioperative care of the surgical patient: preoperative, intraoperative & postoperative.  During surgery, the intraoperative duties include anticipating the needs of the surgeon, understanding, preparing, and functioning within all the surgical specialties, passing and providing sterile items in an effective manner, sponge/suction the operative site, prepare suture material, dispense appropriate fluids/drugs, manipulate human tissue and organs, and function as a surgical assistant.

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