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.

Jeremy wanted job stability, and a career in the medical field offered him that, and more — he feels like his job is important.

How Much Do Surgical Techs Make?

Nationally, the median annual surgical technologist salary was $43,350 in May 2014. Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, 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.

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1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Surgical Technologists, published December 17, 2015. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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.

The following accreditation applies to Surgical Technology programs in Augusta, GA; Austin, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Charleston, SC; Columbia, GA; Columbus, GA; Greenville, SC; Jackson, MS; Mobile, AL; Montgomery, AL; Pensacola, FL:

 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs

The Surgical Technology associate’s degree program is accredited upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee/Surgical Technology, Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), the successful completion of which is required for employment as a Surgical Technologist in the State of Texas.

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