This surgical technologist program is designed to prepare you to work as a competent, entry-level surgical technologist who provides critical support services to surgeons, nurses, and other surgical team members. You’ll build a knowledge base of sterile technique and asepsis principles, surgical instrumentation and equipment, surgical procedures, and patient care skills. This knowledge will be put into practice during hands-on clinical labs and clinical rotations.
- 24-month Associate of Science degree program
- 98 credits
- 710 lecture hours + 220 lab hours
- 500 clinical hours
Altierus Career College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Learn more at accsc.org.
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.
Also, prior to clinical coursework, the following must be completed:
- Attest to physical requirements and essential functions
- Fingerprint clearance card
- Proof of required immunizations or health screenings
- Current CPR-BLS card
To be considered for entrance into the Associate of Science Surgical Technology Degree Program, applicants must achieve a passing grade in each area of the HESI (Health Education Systems Inc.) test. The HESI is an entrance exam intended to predict the success of students in the Surgical Technology programs, and is composed of four areas: Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Knowledge, and Math. Also, applicants must pass a criminal background check and provide proof of the following current immunizations and health screenings: tetanus (Tdap or Td); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); varicella (chickenpox); hepatitis B (Hep B); and a tuberculosis (TB) screening.
Tuition Costs and Financial Assistance
Tuition is $320 per credit hour attempted. With 98 quarter credits spread across the 24-month program, the expected total cost is $31,360 (as of June 7, 2021). Grants and scholarships, including the Altierus Student Grant for those who demonstrate financial need, can reduce your student loan debt and relieve some of the financial burden. For information on financial aid programs, federal loan programs, repayment options, reducing or postponing loan payments, or for any other financial aid questions, call us at (888) 223-8556.