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
Surgical Tech Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now
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.
- New Britain
- Nursing (Practical)
- Patient Care Technician
- Medical Assistant
- Dental Assistant
- Medical Office Assistant
American Career College
ACC’s faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. Our faculty members draw upon their own experiences in the healthcare industry to provide our students with in-depth training and education. All programs are a blend of classroom and hands-on training, with many programs ending with an externship in a local healthcare facility.
American Career College also works closely with students beyond the classroom. The Student Services department offers new student orientations, student appreciation days, and advising/tutoring assistance for those who are interested. While in school and after graduation, the career services department offers programs for networking, resume writing, interviewing and other job search help.
Programs vary by campus. Program lengths vary by session and schedule. Financial aid available to those who qualify. ACC cannot guarantee employment. American Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
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- Orange County
- Los Angeles
- Medical Assistant
- Vocational Nursing
- Respiratory Therapy
College of Westchester
Since 1915, The College of Westchester (CW) has focused on the career success of its students. CW’s academic programs are carefully designed to provide the skills and competencies most desired by employers. Our campus environment is highly personal and our culture centers on service to students. CW faculty is selected based on experience, credentials and a caring attitude to bring real world knowledge to the classroom. The College’s technologies and web-enhanced learning tools give students anywhere, anytime connectivity to courses, professors, classmates and services. The College of Westchester offers an exceptional experience that can lead to a lifetime of achievement and success.
- White Plains
- Health Information Management - Associate
- Medical Assistant Management - Associate
- Medical Office Specialist - Certificate
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.
- Los Angeles
- Associate of Science; Medical Administrative Specialist
- Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
- Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy
- Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
- Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing (LVN)
- Certificate in Veterinary Technology Alternate Route
College of Health Care Professions
Change your career! Change your life!
The College of Health Care Professions is a great place for working adults to enhance their current careers, or help themselves find new career pathways to better lives. We also train high school graduates to enter in the exciting high demand Healthcare industry.
Our programs are focused and centered on empowering you with the skills you need to enter the expanding and rewarding Health Care Industry. Learn only what you need to gain employment in your particular field, so you can get certified and enter the job market faster.
- Dental Assistant
- Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Coding and Billing – Health Information Technology
*Some programs may only be offered at certain locations.
The College of Health Care Professions also features:
- Financial aid for those who qualify
- Job placement assistance to graduates
- Tutorials for all programs
- Convenient day and evening classes
- Four convenient locations
- Friendly customer service oriented staff
If you’re ready to forge a new direction in your life with better career options in the rewarding Health Care Industry, don’t hesitate to find out more about The College of Health Care Professions today!
College of Heath Care Professions is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission – Career Schools and Colleges. Authorized by the United States Department of Education for participation in the certain Title IV. HEA programs (Pell Grant Program and Federal Direct Student Loan Program). Regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services for LMRT and Massage Program. AN approved vendor of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). A provider of educational training for the Workforce Investment Act. Approved by Veterans Affairs to train eligible veterans.
The College of Health Care Professions – Austin
6330 East Highway 290, Ste 180
Austin, TX 78723
The College of Health Care Professions – Dallas
8585 North Stemmons Freeway
Suite N-300, Dallas, TX 75247
The College of Health Care Professions – Fort Worth
4248 North Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76137
The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Northwest
240 Northwest Mall Blvd.
Houston, TX 77092
The College of Health Care Professions – Houston Southwest
One Arena Place
7322 Southwest Freeway Suite 110
Houston, TX 77074
The College of Health Care Professions – McAllen
1917 Nolana Ave
McAllen, TX 78504
The College of Health Care Professions – San Antonio
4738 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229
The College of Health Care Professions is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for both degree and non-degree programs.
- Medical Coding and Billing-Certificate
- Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist-Certificate
- Medical Assistant-Certificate
- Dental Assistant-Certificate
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.