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Surgical Technologist

Next Start Date:
January 6, 2020

Associate Degree
24-month program

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Professional Development

As part of our Surgical Technologist program, you’ll be matched with a local hospital or surgery center to complete clinical rotations. You’ll get the chance to practice your skills in a real healthcare setting with the guidance of working professionals.

2018 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*

$47,300

Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $32,870 or less

2018-28 projected growth*

9,700

New Jobs

+9% Growth

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Surgical Technologists. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited 9/10/2019).

Program Highlights

As a surgical technologist, you’ll have the chance to make a real difference in the operating room. You’ll play a vital role in providing quality patient care before, during, and after surgery as a critical member of the surgical team.

During the clinical portion of the program, you’ll complete a minimum of 120 cases of various surgical specialties in the first and second scrub roles while supervised by a clinical instructor. This program is designed to prepare you to work as a competent, entry-level surgical technologists with the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) skills.

Gain the knowledge and skill you’ll need to work in hospitals and surgery centers as a recognized healthcare professional.

  • 24-month Associate of Science degree program
  • 98 credits
  • 710 classroom hours + 220 lab hours
  • 500 clinical hours

You’ll get the feel of what it’s like to work in an operating room as you practice hands-on training for a career as a surgical technologist. Train with modern tools and technology in a mock operating room that mimics working in a real OR within a surgical department.

Lab equipment includes professional tools such as:

  • Laparoscopic towers
  • Carotid endarterectomy simulators
  • Operatory and surgical scrub hand washing sinks
  • Specialty surgical instruments

The thought of paying for school can feel overwhelming. Institutional grants and scholarships can be a great way to reduce your student loan debt and relieve some of the financial burden. You can see if you qualify through financial aid counseling at no additional cost including:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on scholarships and grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by Zenith Education Group — who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.

Get a 360-Degree Look

Step into our ‘classroom’ and have a look around. This 360-degree video allows you to see what it’s like to train in a modern lab set up like a real working operating room. Use the arrows inside the video to explore the room while you watch.

Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning to help make going to school work for you. Depending on your schedule, you’ll spend 2-5 days per week on campus with additional online coursework for your general education classes so you can learn on your own time. This allows you to work more closely with your instructors when you’re on campus to practice hands-on learning and ask questions.

All-Inclusive Tuition for Surgical Technologist Students

As a surgical technologist student, you’ll receive an iPad to help you with your online coursework, which is yours to keep after graduating. All-inclusive tuition also covers your books, Altierus branded backpack, and school scrubs you’ll wear during your clinical rotations. Preparation for practice certification exams is also included.

What You'll Learn

  • How to provide quality preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care
  • Specialized instruction in common surgical specialties
  • Principles of disinfection and sterile technique for surgical supplies and equipment
  • Anatomy and physiology associated with disease and surgical intervention

Sample Courses

  • Strategies for Healthcare Professional Success
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Pharmacology
  • Surgical Procedures I and II

This course is designed to prepare you for your professional healthcare career. The course includes introduction to the college and its resources, professionalism, study skills, test-taking skills, critical thinking, medical terminology, abbreviations, and more.

This course is a scientific study of the structure of the human body and its parts including relationships and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system, special senses and the endocrine systems (Anatomy & Physiology I) and cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems (Anatomy & Physiology II).

This course is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of basic microbiology, infection control, disease processes and the body’s defenses against them, and wound healing, as well as the terminology associated with each of these areas of concentration.

This course is designed to provide you with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of surgical technology. Included in this course are professional responsibilities and relations, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, death and dying, legal and ethical responsibilities, the operating room environment, and safety.

This course is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of the theory and the hands-on applications involved in surgical pharmacology.

These courses are designed to provide you with an overall understanding of the theory and hands-on applications involved in surgical specialties of general, obstetrics and gynecology, oral/maxillofacial (Surgical Procedures I) and orthopedic surgery and surgery of the nervous and cardiovascular systems (Surgical Procedures II).

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CO - Thornton

The 2018 annual Accreditation Review Counsel on education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) report reflects a 100 percent pass rate as an Outcome Based Assessment for Altierus College - Thornton’s Surgical Technology Program, for all students attending 8/1/2016-7/31/2017, and taking the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administered Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.