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October 11, 2021
Next Start Date

24 Months
Associate Degree

Clinical Rotations

Career Summary

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.

2020 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*


Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $34,120 or less

2019-29 projected growth*


New Jobs

+7% Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited April 9, 2021).

Program Highlights

During the clinical portion of the surgical technologist 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. The required cases must be met from a variety of surgical areas and demonstrate progression through the surgical roles as outlined by the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6e (CCST6e). Click here to see these requirements in more detail.

This surgical technologist program is designed to prepare you to work as a competent, entry-level surgical technologists with the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) competencies employers require.

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 lecture 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

Course software includes:

  • Cengage MindTap (videos, readings, assessments, and simulations)
  • eBooks

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 Altierus Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by ECMC Education — 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.

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Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

As a student, you’ll complete all of your general courses at home through virtual instruction. Once you begin your core surgical tech courses, you’ll spend approximately half of your time learning core concepts virtually and apply those concepts in a hands-on setting the remainder of the time. This allows you to spend more time gaining confidence and receiving guidance from instructors while on campus.

All-Inclusive Tuition Has You Covered

As a surgical technologist student, you’ll receive a laptop 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.

Professional Skills Development

Your coursework integrates professional skills development into this program so you’ll have the soft skills employers look for. Gain proficiency in communication, interpersonal skills, self-management, emotional intelligence, and career-building competencies. You’ll be matched with a local hospital or surgery center to complete clinical rotations and use your skills in a real healthcare setting with the guidance of working professionals.

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).

Surgical Technologist Students Prepare Instrument Trays at Altierus Career College

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