Surgical Technology - Associate's Degree
Surgical technologists (surgical techs) are valuable members of the operating room team, working closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist and registered nurse to deliver integral patient care during surgery. If you are interested in pursuing a fulfilling career in this growing field, an associate's degree in Surgical Technology from Virginia College could be an important first step.
How Much Do Surgical Techs Make?
Nationally, the median annual surgical technologist salary was $41,790 in May 2012. Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. 1
What Does a Surgical Tech Do?
As a surgical technologist, you will serve as the first assistant on the surgical team. Your duties will include:
- Preparing the operating room and instruments
- Preparing the patient for surgery
- Passing instruments, sponges and sutures to the surgeon
- Maintaining the integrity of the sterile field in the operating room
Hands-On Surgical Technologist Training
At Virginia College, you'll receive instruction and hands-on training from instructors with decades of experience in the field. Our instructors will teach you about the proper application of sterile surgical techniques and the latest operating room technology so you'll be able to provide optimum care. In addition to classroom theory, you will get hands-on training in laboratory simulations that are identical to the operating room set-ups you'll find working as a surgical technologist.
An exciting part of the Surgical Technology associate's degree program at Virginia College is the 11-week externship. During your externship, you will work alongside a surgeon and other members of the surgical team, putting your training to work. This valuable real-world experience will help prepare you for the challenges you'll face in your future career.
Surgical Tech Accreditation and Certification
Our program is designed to prepare students for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) licensure exam. 2 The cost of the exam, plus your books, lab supplies, scrubs and immunizations, are all included in your tuition.
For more information about program accreditation, certifications and specific class requirements at the campus nearest you, please click "Download Curriculum" below.
Helping You Get Surgical Tech Jobs
Our Student Career Development Specialists can help prepare you for success in this growing field by reviewing your resume, assisting in interview techniques and generating job leads.
Learn more about a career in this vital field of healthcare by completing the Request More Information form now.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014 Edition
2 The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of these certification examination, or any other examination, or acceptance by any state licensing board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.
This program is available at the following campuses:
- Birmingham, Alabama - Associate of Science
- Mobile, Alabama - Associate of Science
- Montgomery, Alabama - Associate of Science
- Pensacola, Florida - Associate of Science
- Augusta, Georgia - Associate of Science
- Columbus, Georgia - Associate of Science
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Associate of Science
- Jackson, Mississippi - Associate of Science
- Charleston, South Carolina - Associate of Applied Science
- Columbia, South Carolina - Associate of Applied Science
- Greenville, South Carolina - Associate of Applied Science
- Knoxville, Tennessee - Associate of Applied Science
- Austin, Texas - Associate of Applied Science
NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.