Associate's Degree Programs in Surgical Tech

Surgical Tech Associate’s Degree Programs

An surgical tech associate’s degree program prepares students to join the healthcare industry as a surgical technician or surgical technologist. These two-year programs encompass basic career knowledge and hands-on skills for surgical techs, as well as medical background knowledge and a small amount of prerequisite general education.

Students of surgical tech associate’s degree programs can expect to study subjects such as:

  • Surgical and Sterilization Techniques
  • Patient Care Practices
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Life Sciences

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Lincoln Tech

Since 1946, Lincoln Tech has been helping students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. Our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Information Technology, Spa & Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Welding, HVAC and Electrical.

What sets Lincoln Tech apart from other schools? Quite a few things, actually; our training programs emphasize experiential, interactive learning activities – that means you’ll do the job before you take the job. Plus, our Certificate, Diploma and Associate degree programs are designed to accelerate your entry into the job market by offering a shorter length of training, so you may be earning valuable on-the-job experience before many of your peers do.

But our strengths go beyond that. Our Lincoln instructors possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise and real world experience. Plus, we’ve built working partnerships with important industry contacts in your area. So when you graduate, we’ll help you find a good position and start your career off right.

When it comes to choosing a post-secondary educational institution, keep this in mind: our dedication to your success sets us apart from the competition – and the specialized, career-focused training you’ll receive at Lincoln will set you apart from yours. Lincoln Tech offers flexible daytime and evening programs to accommodate your busy schedule. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and Career Placement assistance is available upon graduation.

  • Iselin, NJ (Edison)
  • Allentown
  • Lincoln
  • Somerville
  • Shelton
  • Nursing (Practical)
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.
h3. Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependants. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training
    Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Sarasota
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Ft. Myers
  • Melbourne
  • Tampa
  • New Port Richey
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Daytona Beach
  • Tallahassee
  • Clearwater
  • West Palm Beach
  • Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding (Online)
  • Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
  • Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Associate of Arts in Health Services Administration (Online Only)
  • Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (Hybrid)
  • Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
  • Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Associate of Science in Health Information Management
  • Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Platt College

Find out where the future can take you with an outstanding college education. At Platt College, you’ll find the career-specific programs and training for the careers you really want. Come explore a variety of career paths that fit your lifestyle in a positive learning environment that combines real-world experience with small, private college instruction. Classes are conveniently scheduled during morning or evening hours to work around outside employment commitments. For working adults, Platt’s curriculum offers a way to continue earning a living while studying for a new career.

  • Anaheim
  • Riverside
  • Ontario
  • Los Angeles
  • Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
  • Associate of Science; Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Certificate in Veterinary Technology Alternate Route
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Remington College

At Remington College, we offer a variety of educational programs.

While no reputable school can guarantee employment after graduation, our programs are designed with an emphasis on helping students to prepare for entry-level employment in various career fields.

This combination of traditional teaching methods along with practical classroom experience provides an opportunity for students to apply and practice their knowledge and skills.

Not sure which program is right for you? Remington College understands that choosing a career path can be stressful for some students. That’s why we have admissions staff available to students in order to help them find an area of study that is right for them.

Some programs that may be available in your area:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medical Assisting
  • Cosmetology
  • Pharmacy Technician

Why choose Remington College?

  • Small class sizes
  • Day or evening classes available in select programs
  • Career focused educational programs
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Simply fill out the form to receive more information about Remington College.

  • Houston Southeast
  • Houston North
  • Columbia
  • Mobile
  • Ft. Worth
  • Dallas
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Shreveport
  • Cleveland
  • Honolulu
  • Lafayette
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician - Associate
  • Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) - AS
  • Medical Assisting-AS
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Clinical Medical Assisting

Southern Technical College

Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, Southern Technical College has the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into a new career fast!

What makes Southern Technical College for you?

  • Convenient Locations
  • Financial Assistance For Those Who Qualify
  • Hands-On Training
  • Small Classes/Individualized Attention
  • Career Placement Assistance
  • Morning or Evening Classes Available

Why Choose Southern Technical College:

  • Industry Experienced Instructors
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education

Financial Assistance and Availability

The financial aid team at Southern Technical College is committed to helping you find ways to finance your education. Our team is trained to help you overcome the financial obstacles that may be standing in the way of your education.

Southern Technical College participates in several of the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Financial Aid Programs, which are generally available to those who qualify. Visit for more information, learn more about the types of financial aid available, and consumer information, or contact your local campus to speak member of our financial aid team

Career Placement Assistance

Our career service advisors can help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, employer contacts, and the latest job search techniques. We have years of experience in helping graduates gain employment in great jobs with great companies, and we are ready to help you, too! We cannot guarantee your success, but STC has an excellent record of helping graduates find and keep jobs in their field of study. Success after graduation depends on many factors, and we are here to help you along the way!

  • Central Campus: Sanford
  • Central Campus: Auburndale
  • Central Campus: Orlando
  • Southwest Campuses: Tampa
  • Southwest Campuses: Fort.Myers
  • Southwest Campuses: Port Charlotte
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting (diploma)
  • A.S. - Medical Laboratory Technician
  • A.S. - Nursing
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • A.S. - Surgical Technician
  • A.S. - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding Technology

About Surgical Technician Careers & Training

Most surgical techs hold an associate’s degree, but a certificate is also an option for those who already hold a degree in another field. While an associate’s degree program typically lasts around two years, a certificate program may only last several months, and includes only career-focused training.

As a prerequisite to most surgical tech associate’s degree programs, high school students are encouraged to take classes in sciences such as biology, chemistry and health, as well as mathematics classes. This will help create a strong foundation on which to build the intensive medical education students receive in postsecondary courses.

Surgical techs work in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, where they are part of the surgical team that operates on patients on a daily basis. A surgical tech’s job duties can fall under three basic categories: pre-surgical duties, duties during surgery, and post-surgery duties.

While a patient is getting ready for a surgery, a surgical tech preps the operating room by sterilizing instruments, setting up sterile drapes, and ensuring all machines are in working order. They then prep the patient by washing or shaving any incision areas, transporting them to the operating room, and positioning them on the table.

While an operation is in progress, the surgical technician is helping the surgeon by handing them instruments, monitoring vitals, and responding to incidents such as excess bleeding or irregular machine function, if necessary.

Once a surgery is complete, the surgical tech transports the patient to recovery and resets the operating room for the next surgery. This involves re-sterilizing instruments, cleaning up any surfaces that need cleaning, and re-stocking any supplies that have depleted.

A surgical technician’s salary depends on a number of factors, but is typically around $40,000 per year.