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Surgical Technology

Earn your Associate of Science degree and prepare for future work as a Surgical Technologist
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Carrington Surgical Technology Program Details

Program Details

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 costs, please see page 236 of the Academic Catalog.

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.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, 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

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The Surgical Technology program at the San Jose and Phoenix campuses are 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, 9355 – 113th Street N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727 210 2350,

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)


With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.


You can get an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.


Conveniently available at 2 of our campuses.


Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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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

What Will I Learn?

Basic Surgical Procedures

Surgical Case Management

Advanced Surgical Procedures

Introduction to Surgical Technology

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.

Surgical Technology FAQ

  • How long is a surgical tech program?

    Different schools have different requirements for their surgical tech programs—some certificate programs claim they can be earned in a year. At Carrington College, we offer a comprehensive Associate of Science in Surgical Technology program designed to help you build the foundational skills you need to experience success and growth throughout your career. Our program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

  • What are the requirements to be a surgical technician?

    Aspiring surgical techs will need to complete specialized training before pursuing a role in the industry. Coursework in the area will cover anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and other essentials of this type of patient care.At Carrington College, our Surgical Technology program offers the insights, skills, and associate degree credential needed to perform the duties of a surgical technologist.

  • What is a surgical technician?

    A surgical technician, also known as an operating room technician and surgical technologist, assists the medical team within an operating theater. Before the operation even starts, they are sterilizing equipment, assembling instruments, and helping prepare the patient for surgery. They maintain the sterile operating environment during surgery. After the operation, they count up instruments and safely dispose of used materials, among other duties.

  • What is the difference between surgical technician and surgical technologist?

    Essentially, there is no difference in the operating theater. Whether known as a surgical technician or technologist (or operating room technician), these medical professionals are essential to every surgical team. They help ensure surgical success by assembling needed surgical equipment, maintaining the sterility of an operating environment, and disposing of used materials.


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