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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Surgical Technology

Careers with vital possibilities

In an operating room, patients depend on the attentiveness and precision of a team of medical professionals. As a surgical technologist, you’ll prepare equipment, handle specimens, and ensure that all work areas are clean and ready for operations. This program prepares you to take the national certification exam in this exciting and high-demand field.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Surgical Technologists
22.48 Hourly Wage 653 Currently Employed
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
653 Surgical Technologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.8 % over the next four years.
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Surgical Assistants
17.95 Hourly Wage 350 Currently Employed
Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
350 Surgical Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 16.57 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Map

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Surgical Technology


Certificate Level 2

Surgical Technology Certificate
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Program Accreditations

Accredited through the Accreditation Review Committee-Surgical Technology (6 W. Dry Creek Cir., Suite 210, Littleton, CO 80120; www.arcst.org) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 1-727-210-2350. www.caahep.org).

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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