Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program
As a Surgical Technologist, your work is critical to a successful surgery. Although you might not be performing the surgery, you will be directly assisting those who are. Without you, the medical team might not be able to perform as efficiently or safely.
Our instructors have worked in the medical field for years, so they incorporate real-life examples into their lessons. Before you graduate, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned in a healthcare setting. Work with trained professionals who could even become your future employers.
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.
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase by twelve percent between 2016 and 2026. The salary range in Illinois is $32,670 to $62,740 with a median salary of $45,530.1
1onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2055.00, retrieved 5/16/2019
Program length – 18 months
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.
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. During surgery they may pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help manage surgical instruments and supplies.
Demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow by 14% with 24,600 new job openings through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16