If you are wanting to find a growing allied health career, becoming a surgical technician or operating room technician is a great idea! The growth of the career is high (we will cover that more below) and is growing above the national average at 12% over the next decade. In the article below we cover how to get started on the oath to become an operating room technician and start today!

What does a Surgical Technician do?

Surgical technologists and technicians job duties vary from job to job. Typically they perform duties like handling surgical instruments that will be used in surgery. Other duties technicians will do during operations and surgical procedures are checking a patient’s medical chart and ensuring all necessary consent forms are available and ready to be filled out if more procedures are needed. Operating room techs work with surgeons and registered nurses in their procedures in most situations. Below is a detailed look at their specific job duties.

Assist surgeons during surgery (passing them instruments/sterile supplies)
Count surgical supplies (ie: sponges and instruments)
Maintain sterile environment
Prep operating rooms for surgery
Prep patients for surgery, (washing/disinfecting incision sites)
Sterilize surgical equipment (gather adequate supplies for surgery)

What is the process to become a Surgical Tech?

Below we walk you through the process to become a surgical tech. Follow the steps and you can be on your way to a rewarding career in a medical field that is growing and has a real bright future!

STEP 1 – Earn Your High School Diploma or GED

To be eligible for surgical tech training candidates must be a H.S. graduate or have their GED equivalent.

STEP 2 – Select the Right Surgical Tech Program for you

There are a many options for surgical technologist training. We will show you how to find accredited programs in a few clicks. Surgical technicians will often earn their associate degrees. They will do this at either through community colleges or vocational schools in most situations. A great place to look for accredited schools is to select a program that is accredited by the (CCAHEP) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. If you use there database you can be sure you will start on the right path to certification.

The Best Accredited Surgical Tech Programs

Below are what we consider the top accredited training options for surgical technologists and technicians. All these schools are accredited and deliver top tier training!

Abcott Institute16250 Northland Drive, Suite 205, Southfield, Michigan 48075-5227
Academy of Careers and Technology390 Stanaford Rd, Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Advanced College-Stockton8838 North West Lane, Stockton, California 95120-3145
Aiken Technical College2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, South Carolina 29829
Aims Community College5401 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado 80634
Albany Technical College1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Altierus Career College-Thornton9065 Grant St, Thornton, Colorado 80229-4339
Amarillo College2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79109
American Career College-Anaheim1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, California 92801-0000
American Career College-Los Angeles4021 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
American Career College-Ontario3130 East Sedona Court, Ontario, California 91764
American College of Healthcare and Technology6606 Pacific Blvd Ste 204, Huntington Park, California 90255
American College of Healthcare and Technology11801 Pierce St., Suite 100, Riverside, California 92505
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education4500 New Brunswick Ave, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
American National University1813 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153
American National University-Dayton1837 Woodman Center Dr, Kettering, Ohio 45420
American National University-Lexington2376 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40509
American National University-Youngstown3487 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44505
Angelina College3500 South First, Lufkin, Texas 75902-1768
Anne Arundel Community College101 College Pky, Arnold, Maryland 21012-1895
Anoka Technical College1355 Highway 10 West, Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Arkansas State University-Newport7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
Ashland Community and Technical College1400 College Drive, Ashland, Kentucky 41101-3683
Athens Technical College800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Augusta Technical College3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
Austin Community College District5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78752
Autry Technology Center1201 W Willow, Enid, Oklahoma 73703-2506
Baker College1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
Baltimore City Community College2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215-7893
Baptist Health College Little Rock11900 COLONEL GLENN RD STE 1000, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210-2827
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions8400 Datapoint Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Baton Rouge Community College201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Bellingham Technical College3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
Bergen Community College400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595
Berkeley College-Woodland Park44 Rifle Camp Rd, Woodland Park, New Jersey 07424
Bevill State Community College1411 Indiana Avenue, Jasper, Alabama 35501
Big Sandy Community and Technical College1 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
Bismarck State College1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
Blue Ridge Community College180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731-4728
Bluegrass Community and Technical College470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Bossier Parish Community College6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Branford Hall Career Institute-North Brunswick651 US Route 1, South 1st Floor, North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902
Brookline College-Tempe1140-1150 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque10500 Cooper Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123
Brown Mackie College-Dallas2200 Hwy 121 Ste 270, Bedford, Texas 76021
Brown Mackie College-Findlay1700 Fostoria Ave, Suite 100, Findlay, Ohio 45840
Brown Mackie College-Phoenix13430 N Black Canyon Ste. 190, Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Brown Mackie College-San Antonio4715 Fredericksburg Rd Ste 520, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Brown Mackie College-Tucson4585 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85712
Brown Mackie College-Tulsa4608 S Garnett Rd Ste 110, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146
Buckeye Hills Career Center351 Buckeye Hills Road, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674-0157
Bunker Hill Community College250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences401 Medical Park Drive, Concord, North Carolina 28025-3959
California Healing Arts College500 East Carson Plaza Drive, Suite 103, Carson, California 90746-7323
Camden County College200 College Drive, Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Canadian Valley Technology Center6505 E Hwy 66, El Reno, Oklahoma 73036-9117
Cape Coral Technical College360 Santa Barbara Blvd North, Cape Coral, Florida 33993-2479
Cape Fear Community College411 North Front Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401-3910
Career Networks Institute702 W Town and Country Rd, Orange, California 92868-4710
Carolinas College of Health Sciences1200 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203-2861
Carrington College-Citrus Heights7301 Greenback Ln., Ste. A, Citrus Heights, California 95621
Carrington College-San Jose5883 Rue Ferrari, Ste. 125, San Jose, California 95138
Carver Career Center4799 Midland Dr, Charleston, West Virginia 25306-6397
Catawba Valley Community College2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, North Carolina 28602-0699
CBD College3699 Wilshire Blvd., Fourth Floor, Los Angeles, California 90010
Central Carolina Technical College506 N Guignard Dr, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2499
Central Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central New Mexico Community College525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Central Ohio Technical College1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055-1767
Central Piedmont Community College1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Central Technology Center3 CT Circle, Drumright, Oklahoma 74030
Charles H McCann Technical School70 Hodges Cross Rd, North Adams, Massachusetts 01247-3999
Chattahoochee Technical College980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Chesapeake College1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, Maryland 21679-0008
Chester Career College751 WEST HUNDRED ROAD, CHESTER, Virginia 23836
Chippewa Valley Technical College620 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-6162
Choffin Career and Technical Center200 E Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1600
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223-2690
Cisco College101 College Heights, Cisco, Texas 76437
City College-Altamonte Springs177 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714
City College-Fort Lauderdale2000 W. Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
City College-Miami9300 S Dadeland Blvd., Suite 200, Miami, Florida 33156
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612-3197
Cleveland Community College137 S Post Rd, Shelby, North Carolina 28152-6224
Clover Park Technical College4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
Coastal Alabama Community College1900 U S Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507-2698
Coastal Carolina Community College444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546-6816
Coastal Pines Technical College1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503
College of Central Florida3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, Florida 34474
College of DuPage425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
College of Eastern Idaho1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404-5788
College of Lake County19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
College of Southern Idaho315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
College of Southern Nevada6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
College of the Albemarle1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27906-2327
College of Western Idaho5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687
Collin County Community College District3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas 75069
Columbia Area Career Center4203 S Providence Rd, Columbia, Missouri 65203-7199
Columbia Basin College2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, Washington 99301
Columbus State Community College550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Technical College928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Community Care College4242 South Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
Community College of Allegheny County800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895
Concorde Career College-Aurora111 N. Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010-4314
Concorde Career College-Dallas12606 Greenville Ave Ste 130, Dallas, Texas 75243
Concorde Career College-Grand Prairie305 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052-3831
Concorde Career College-Kansas City3239 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2407
Concorde Career College-Memphis5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
Concorde Career College-North Hollywood12412 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91606-3134
Concorde Career College-Portland1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300, Portland, Oregon 97232-4203
Concorde Career College-San Antonio4803 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
Concorde Career College-San Bernardino201 East Airport Drive, Suite A, San Bernardino, California 92408-3403
Concorde Career College-San Diego4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92113-1964
Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville7259 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32256-6905
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar10933 Marks Way, Miramar, Florida 33025
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando3444 McCrory Place, Orlando, Florida 32803
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa4202 W Spruce, Tampa, Florida 33607-4127
CUNY Kingsborough Community College2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, New York 11235
Cuyahoga Community College District700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Davidson County Community College297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
Davis Technical College550 E 300 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037-2699
Daytona State College1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
Delaware County Community College901 S Media Line Rd, Media, Pennsylvania 19063-1094
Delaware Technical Community College-Terry100 Campus Drive, Dover, Delaware 19901
Delgado Community College615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Delta College1961 Delta Road, University Center, Michigan 48710
Des Moines Area Community College2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
Dixie State University225 S University Avenue, Saint George, Utah 84770-3876
Drury University900 N. Benton Ave, Springfield, Missouri 65802-3791
Durham Technical Community College1637 Lawson Street, Durham, North Carolina 27703-5023
East Central Community College15738 Highway 15, Decatur, Mississippi 39327-0129
East Valley Institute of Technology1601 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Eastern Florida State College1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, Florida 32922
Eastern Iowa Community College District101 W Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221
Eastern Maine Community College354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401
Eastwick College-Ramsey10 South Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446-2551
ECPI University5555 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Edgecombe Community College2009 W Wilson St, Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
EHOVE Career Center316 W Mason Rd, Milan, Ohio 44846
El Centro College801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
El Paso Community College9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79925
Elgin Community College1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois 60123-7193
Erwin Technical College2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33610-8299
Everest University-Brandon3924 Coconut Palm Dr, Tampa, Florida 33619-1354
Fayetteville Technical Community College2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303-0236
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing196 North Street, Geneva, New York 14456-1651
Flathead Valley Community College777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901
Florence-Darlington Technical College2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501-0548
Florida State College at Jacksonville501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Fortis College-Baton Rouge14111 Airline Hwy, Suite 101, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817
Fortis College-Columbus4151 Executive Parkway Ste 120, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Fortis College-Grand Prairie401 E Palace Pkwy Ste 100, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
Fortis College-Houston1201 West Oaks Mall, Houston, Texas 77082
Fortis College-Orange Park700 Blanding Blvd. Suite 16, Orange Park, Florida 32065
Fortis College-Richmond2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Fortis Institute-Baltimore6901 Security Blvd Ste 21, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
Fortis Institute-Cookeville1025 Highway 111, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501-4305
Fortis Institute-Houston450 N Sam Houston Pkwy E Ste 200, Houston, Texas 77060
Fortis Institute-Nashville3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 105, Nashville, Tennessee 37211
Franklin Technology-MSSU3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
Frederick Community College7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21702-2964
Front Range Community College3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031
Gadsden State Community College1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, Alabama 35903
GateWay Community College108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Gateway Technical College3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Glendale Career College240 North Brand Boulevard Lower Level, Glendale, California 91203
Grand Rapids Community College143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
Great Bay Community College320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2879
Great Falls College Montana State University2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Great Lakes Institute of Technology5100 Peach Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16509-2482
Great Plains Technology Center4500 W Lee Blvd, Lawton, Oklahoma 73505-8399
Greenville Technical College506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606
Guilford Technical Community College601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
Gulf Coast State College5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401
Gwinnett Technical College5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-5702
Harris School of Business-Dover Campus97 Commerce Way Ste 105, Dover, Delaware 19901
Harris School of Business-Voorhees Campus401 White Horse Rd., Voorhees, New Jersey 08043
Harrisburg Area Community College1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999
Harrison College-Indianapolis550 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeOne Community College Drive, Hazard, Kentucky 41701-2402
Henry Ford College5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
Herzing University-Kenner2500 Williams Blvd, Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Herzing University-Toledo5212 Hill Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43615
Hillyard Technical Center3434 Faraon Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-5102
Hinds Community College608 Hinds Boulevard, Raymond, Mississippi 39154
Holmes Community College#1 Hill St, Goodman, Mississippi 39079
Horry-Georgetown Technical College2050 Highway 501 East, Conway, South Carolina 29526
Houston Community College3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Howard College1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720
Hudson Valley Community College80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, New York 12180
Hutchinson Community College1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
Illinois Central College1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
Indian Capital Technology Center-Sallisaw401 Houser Industrial Blvd., Sallisaw, Oklahoma 74955
Indian River State College3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
Iowa Lakes Community College19 S 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334-2295
Iowa Western Community College2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
Isothermal Community College286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, North Carolina 28160-0804
Itawamba Community College602 W Hill Street, Fulton, Mississippi 38843-1099
Ivy Tech Community College50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
James Rumsey Technical Institute3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403-0259
Jefferson College of Health Sciences101 Elm Avenue SE, Roanoke, Virginia 24013
Jefferson Community and Technical College109 E Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2005
John A Logan College700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918-2500
John C Calhoun State Community College6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, Alabama 35671
John Tyler Community College13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
John Wood Community College1301 S 48th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62305-8736
Kalamazoo Valley Community College6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070
Kaskaskia College27210 College Rd, Centralia, Illinois 62801
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Kilgore College1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662-3299
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Kirtland Community College10775 N Saint Helen Road, Roscommon, Michigan 48653
Lackawanna College501 Vine St, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-3206
Lake Superior College2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
Lakeland Community College7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5198
Lamar State College-Port Arthur1500 Proctor St, Port Arthur, Texas 77640
Lanier Technical College2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30507
Lansing Community College419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
Laramie County Community College1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299
Las Positas College3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, California 94551-7650
Lenoir Community College231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, North Carolina 28502-0188
Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256
Lincoln University820 Chestnut Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College750 NW 20 Street, Miami, Florida 33127
Linn-Benton Community College6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321
LIU Brooklyn1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11201-8423
Lone Star College System5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399
Lorain County Community College1005 North Abbe Rd, Elyria, Ohio 44035-1691
Lord Fairfax Community College173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, Virginia 22645
Lorenzo Walker Technical College3702 Estey Avenue, Naples, Florida 34104-4405
Louisiana State University-Eunice2048 Johnson Hwy, Eunice, Louisiana 70535
Lurleen B Wallace Community College1000 Dannelly Blvd., Andalusia, Alabama 36420-1418
Luzerne County Community College1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
Macomb Community College14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
Madison Area Technical College1701 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
Madisonville Community College2000 College Drive, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431
Manatee Technical College6305 State Rd 70 East, Bradenton, Florida 34203
Manchester Community CollegeGreat Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Mandl School-The College of Allied Health254 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019-5516
Massachusetts Bay Community College50 Oakland St, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481-5399
McCann School of Business & Technology346 York Rd, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013
McCann School of Business & Technology370 Maplewood Drive, Hazle Township, Pennsylvania 18202
McCann School of Business & Technology1227 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
McDowell Technical Community College54 College Drive, Marion, North Carolina 28752-8728
McLennan Community College1400 College Dr, Waco, Texas 76708
Medical Career Institute901 West Park Avenue, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
Mercy College of Health Sciences928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
Meridian Community College910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, Mississippi 39307-5801
Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting1507 County Hospital Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37218
Metro Technology Centers1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111-5240
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2429
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Columbus150 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Dayton401 E. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Midlands Technical College1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Mid-State Technical College500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Midwest Institute2 Soccer Park Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
Midwestern Career College20 North Wacker Drive Ste 3800, Chicago, Illinois 60606
Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville1820 Business Park Dr, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Miller-Motte Technical College-Lynchburg1011 Creekside Lane, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
Milwaukee Area Technical College700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Milwaukee Career College3077 N Mayfair Rd Ste 300, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Minnesota West Community and Technical College1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
MiraCosta CollegeOne Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-3899
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College51 Main Street, Perkinston, Mississippi 39573
Mohave Community College1971 Jagerson Ave, Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
Mohawk Valley Community College1101 Sherman Dr, Utica, New York 13501-5394
Monongalia County Technical Education Center1000 Mississippi Street, Morgantown, West Virginia 26501-6841
Monroe Community College1000 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, New York 14623
Montgomery College51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Montgomery County Community College340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422-0796
Moore Norman Technology Center4701 12th Avenue NW, Norman, Oklahoma 73069-8399
Moraine Park Technical College235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
Mount Aloysius College7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
Mountainland Technical College2301 West Ashton Blvd., Lehi, Utah 84043
Mt Hood Community College26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 97030
Mt. Diablo Adult Education-Mt. Diablo USDLoma Vista Adult Center - 1266 San Carlos Avenue., Concord, California 94518-1199
Nashville State Community College120 White Bridge Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-4515
Nassau Community CollegeOne Education Dr, Garden City, New York 11530-6793
National American University-Overland Park10310 Mastin, Overland Park, Kansas 66212-5451
National American University-Tulsa8040 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-8945
National American University-Wichita7309 E 21st Street North, Suite G-40, Wichita, Kansas 67206-1097
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health720 North 87th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2852
Neosho County Community College800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
Nevada Career Institute3231 North Decatur Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
New England Institute of TechnologyOne New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Niagara County Community College3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, New York 14132
North Arkansas College1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
North Central Michigan College1515 Howard St, Petoskey, Michigan 49770
North Central Missouri College1301 Main St, Trenton, Missouri 64683
North Central State College2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
North Central Texas College1525 W California Street, Gainesville, Texas 76240-4699
North Shore Community College1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923-0840
Northcentral Technical College1000 Campus Dr, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1899
Northeast Community College801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
Northern Kentucky UniversityNunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
Northern Michigan University1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855-5301
Northern Oklahoma College1220 E Grand Ave, Tonkawa, Oklahoma 74653
Northern Virginia Community College4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
Northland Community and Technical College1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
North-West College-Long Beach3799 E. Burnett Street, Long Beach, California 90815-1770
North-West College-Riverside4550 La Sierra Ave, Riverside, California 92503
North-West College-Santa Ana1840 E. 17th Street, Santa Ana, California 92705-8680
North-West College-West Covina2121 W Garvey Ave, West Covina, California 91790
Northwest Mississippi Community College4975 Hwy 51 N, Senatobia, Mississippi 38668-1714
Northwest Technical Institute709 S Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Northwestern Michigan College1701 E Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686
O C Collins Career Center11627 State Rte 243, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619-0000
Oakland Community College2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
Odessa College201 W University Blvd, Odessa, Texas 79764
Ogeechee Technical CollegeOne Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Oklahoma City Community College7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159-9987
Onondaga Community College4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus301 W Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801-1197
Owens Community College30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Owensboro Community and Technical College4800 New Hartford Rd, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
Ozarks Technical Community College1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802
Palm Beach State College4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville St, Paris, Texas 75460
Parkland College2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
Pasco-Hernando State College10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
Pearl River Community College101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyOne College Ave, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5799
Pensacola State College1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
Piedmont Technical College620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Piedmont Virginia Community College501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-7589
Pima Community College4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Pima Medical Institute-Denver7475 Dakin St Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80221
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg901 34th St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711-2209
Pittsburgh Career Institute421 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-1907
Pittsburgh Technical College1111 McKee Road, Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071
Platt College-Central OKC309 S Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128-1112
Platt College-McCann-Allentown2200 N Irving St, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109
Platt College-McCann-Lewisburg7495 Westbranch Hwy, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
Platt College-McCann-Monroe2319 Louisville Ave, Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Charleston8085 Rivers Ave., Ste E, Charleston, South Carolina 29418
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Chattanooga6397 Lee Highway, Suite 100, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Cary2205 Walnut Street, Cary, North Carolina 27518-7171
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Wilmington5000 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
Prairie State College202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411-8226
Premiere Career College12901 Ramona Blvd, Irwindale, California 91706-3746
Presentation College1500 N Main, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
Prince George's Community College301 Largo Rd, Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
Pueblo Community College900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Quincy College1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Quinsigamond Community College670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
Rasmussen College-Illinois6000 East State Street, 4th Floor, Rockford, Illinois 61108-2513
Rasmussen College-Minnesota226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
Rasmussen College-North Dakota4012 19th Avenue SW, Fargo, North Dakota 58103-7196
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, Pennsylvania 19611
Rend Lake College468 N Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, Illinois 62846
Renton Technical College3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
Richland Community CollegeOne College Park, Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
RIVEROAK Technical College415 SW Pinewood Dr, Live Oak, Florida 32064
Riverside College of Health Careers316 Main Street, Newport News, Virginia 23601
Roane State Community College276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748
Robert Morris University Illinois401 S State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Rochester Community and Technical College851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904-4999
Rock Valley College3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114-5699
Rockingham Community College215 Wrenn Memorial Road, Wentworth, North Carolina 27375-0038
Rolla Technical Institute/Center500 Forum Drive, Rolla, Missouri 65401
Saint Louis Community College3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399
Salt Lake Community College4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
San Jacinto Community College8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia8344 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, California 93291-9283
San Juan College4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699
Sandhills Community College3395 Airport Rd, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
Santa Fe College3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6210
Savannah Technical College5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5594
Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
Seattle Central College1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122
Sentara College of Health Sciences1441 Crossways Blvd, Suite 105, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Seward County Community College1801 N. Kansas Ave., Liberal, Kansas 67901
Shawnee Community College8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, Illinois 62992
Sheridan Technical College5400 Sheridan St, Hollywood, Florida 33021
Siena Heights University1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Michigan 49221
Sinclair Community College444 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
Skyline College3300 College Dr, San Bruno, California 94066-1698
Somerset Community College808 Monticello Street, Somerset, Kentucky 42501-2973
South Arkansas Community College300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
South Central Career Center407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, Missouri 65775
South Central Louisiana Technical College900 Youngs Road, Morgan City, Louisiana 70380
South College3904 Lonas Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37909-0000
South Louisiana Community College1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506-4109
South Plains College1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, Texas 79336
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College1845 Loop Dr, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-3601
Southeast Arkansas College1900 Hazel St., Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Southeast Community College Area301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College700 College Rd, Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences2001 William Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703-4507
Southeast Technical Institute2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
Southeastern College-West Palm Beach1756 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Southeastern Illinois College3575 College Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Southeastern Technical College3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Southern Crescent Technical College501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Southern Maine Community College2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698
Southern Regional Technical College15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792
Southern Technical College1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers, Florida 33907-1108
Southern Union State Community College750 Roberts St, Wadley, Alabama 36276
Southern University at Shreveport3050 Martin Luther King Dr, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeDempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay, West Virginia 25637
Southwestern College900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
Spartanburg Community College107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Spencerian College-Louisville4627 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40216
Spokane Community College1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
Springfield Technical Community College1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105-1296
St Cloud Technical and Community College1540 Northway Drive, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
St Philip's College1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
Stevens-Henager College1350 W. 1890 S., West Haven, Utah 84401
Suncoast Technical College4748 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Florida 34233-1798
Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences226 West 26th Street, New York, New York 10001-6700
Tallahassee Community College444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Tarrant County College District1500 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6524
Technical College of the Lowcountry921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-1288
Temple College2600 S 1st St, Temple, Texas 76504-7435
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville910 Miller Avenue, Crossville, Tennessee 38555
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hohenwald813 West Main, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462-2201
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson2468 Technology Center Drive, Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro1303 Old Fort Pky, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129-3311
Texas State Technical College3801 Campus Drive, Waco, Texas 76705
The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest240 Northwest Mall, Houston, Texas 77092
The College of Health Care Professions-San Antonio4738 N. W. Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78229
The University of MontanaMissoula, Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812
Traviss Technical College3225 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Tri-County Technical College7900 U.S. Hwy 76, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
Trinity Valley Community College100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, Texas 75751
Triton College2000 5th Ave, River Grove, Illinois 60171-1995
Trocaire College360 Choate Ave, Buffalo, New York 14220-2094
Tulsa Community College6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198
Tulsa Technology Center3420 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
Tyler Junior College1400 East Fifth Street, Tyler, Texas 75701
Ulster BOCES School of Practical Nursing727 Grant Avenue, Lake Katrine, New York 12449
University of Akron Main Campus302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences4301 W Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College4200 Clermont College Dr, Batavia, Ohio 45103
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
Valley College of Medical Careers8399 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 200, West Hills, California 91304
Vernon College4400 College Dr., Vernon, Texas 76384-4092
Vincennes University1002 N First St, Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Wake Technical Community College9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
Walters State Community College500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, Tennessee 37813-6899
Washburn Institute of Technology5724 SW Huntoon, Topeka, Kansas 66604-2117
Washburn University1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical Training21740 St. Rt. 676, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Washtenaw Community College4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Waubonsee Community CollegeRte 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554-9454
Waukesha County Technical College800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
Wayne County Community College District801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
Wes Watkins Technology Center7892 Highway 9, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883-6155
West Georgia Technical College176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, Georgia 30182
West Kentucky Community and Technical College4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-7380
West Virginia Northern Community College1704 Market St., Wheeling, West Virginia 26003-3699
Western Dakota Technical Institute800 Mickelson Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
Western Iowa Tech Community College4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
Western Nebraska Community College1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
Western Suffolk BOCES152 Laurel Hill Rd, Northport, New York 11768
Western Technical College400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Wharton County Junior College911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas 77488
Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology4004 N Webb Rd. Bldg 100, Wichita, Kansas 67226
Wilson Community College902 Herring Ave, Wilson, North Carolina 27893-3310
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Yakima Valley CollegeSouth 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
York Technical College452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730

Step 3 – Earn you Surgical Tech Certification

Getting certified is not required in all 50 states but it cannot be understated that being certified helps you prepare for the career and get yourself hired as a tech. There are numerous options and certificates you can get, but we recommend certification through either the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or the National Center for Competency Testing. Another good certification to get is a CPR certification.

As we stated above it is possible to become a surgical tech without earning a degree. Certifications take a year to complete in most cases. If candidates are getting their associates degree it will take two years to complete. If degrees and certifications are earned, the chances of getting hired increase immensely.

Pass the Certification Exam

Receiving a license as a (CST) Certified Surgical Technician from the (NBSTSA) National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is the best way to prep your future as an operating room tech.

To be eligible for the CST examination candidates must have either:

Held a previous CST certification
Have associate’s degree from an accredited surgical technology program
Have associate’s degree from a surgical first assistant program
Have military experience/training in surgical technology

Proof of your eligibility will be required before applying to take the examination. A copy of your transcript is needed for proof of education. Military service proof is done by sending a copy of your DD-214 (make sure your base where you trained is listed). The fee for the examination application can range from $190 to $290.

Find a job as a Surgical Technician

If you get certified your chances of getting a job as a operating room tech increase. If you graduate from an accredited program and get certified as a CST you are on your way!

About Surgical Technologist salary

Operating room techs and surgical techs are paid more than the average allied health workers with comparable education as you can see below:
Surgical technologists $46,310
Health technologists and technicians $43,590
Total, all other allied health occupations $37,690
source – bls.gov

What is the average salary for a Surgical Tech?

The average pay for surgical techs is $46,310 per year and $22.26 per hour per the latest data from bls.gov. The career as a whole pays more than the average allied health career for jobs with similar education demands too!

Surgical Technician salary by state

StateAvg HourlyAvg. Salary
District of Columbia27.4957,170
New Hampshire22.9147,650
New Jersey22.9947,830
New Mexico2041,590
New York24.0449,990
North Carolina19.1639,850
North Dakota18.6838,860
Rhode Island23.8349,570
South Carolina17.7436,900
South Dakota18.4638,390
West Virginia17.6836,780

Source: www.bls.gov

Salary by employer type

Below is what the average pay is at the common places of employment operating room technicians.
Outpatient Care Centers $48,900
Physicians Offices $45,980
Hospitals $45,930
Dentists Offices $44,760
Source: www.bls.gov

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