Surgical Technology - AAS

Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

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The Surgical Technology program is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

What Is a Surgical Technician?

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting career? This is it. A Surgical Technician, also referred to as an Operating Room Technician, assists with all manner of operating room (OR) procedures and patient care. They are critical to pre-operative processes and ensure the sterilization of equipment and the room itself. Some of their duties include:
  • Organizing pre-operative equipment and ready the OR for surgery.
  • Assisting surgeons during surgical procedures.
  • Preparing and administering medications, assisting in retracting tissues and passing surgical tools as necessary.
  • Applying bandages and removing patients after an operation.
  • Participating in the sterilization of equipment.

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What Career Options Are Available as a Surgical Technician?

Surgical Technicians primarily work in hospitals as part of the operating room (OR) staff. While most Surgical Technicians work in general surgery, some may specialize in specific surgical areas such as:
  • Cardiology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Neurosurgery
  • And many more!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Surgical Technician AAS Program

Surgical Technology offers a rewarding career. To enter this field, one of the best paths is through an accredited degree program. Our program can be completed in just 18 months and will prepare you through:
  • Advanced studies in anatomy, microbiology and physiology.
  • In-depth study of medical terminology and operating room procedures.
  • An externship in a healthcare setting, providing real-world experience.
  • General education course work to meet the requirements of an associate degree.

Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 18 months

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1, retrieved 4/14/21.

Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program includes an externship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation, providing real-world work experience.

What Career Options are Available as a Surgical Technician?

Surgical technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Their duties include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery and preparing surgical equipment.

Surgical Technicians primarily work in hospitals as part of the operating room (OR) staff. While most Surgical Technicians work in general surgery, some may specialize in specific surgical areas such as cardiology, neurosurgery, organ transplantation, plastic surgery or pediatric surgery. This exciting career is a great fit for detail-oriented individuals who thrive in a fast-paced, think-on-your-feet environment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Surgical Technologists in the United States are expected to increase by 9% between 2018 and 2028.1

Reference:, retrieved 4/28/2020

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