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Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist Program 2020-21

Due to Covid-19, the anticipated start date of the next Surgical Technologist cohort is January 18, 2021. The application process began in August 2020. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Monday September 28. Interviews will be held via Zoom in October. The cohort will be chosen by early November and able to enroll after completing all requirements noted below.

Surgical Technologist
Surgical technologists are patient advocates responsible for maintaining the sterile field who assist the surgeon during surgical procedures.

The course is a 12-month certificate program which provides the participant with the knowledge and skills required to enter the field of Surgical Technology. The course includes classroom and laboratory practice as well as a clinical externship at an outpatient surgery center or hospital. The course covers: basic sciences, surgical technology skills, surgical procedures, externship, and management theory. 

The course prepares the student to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST). Details will be provided by the instructors. Program cost includes textbooks, lab materials, malpractice insurance, certification exam bundle, and uniforms. This program is Pell Grant eligible.

program objectives

  • Provide the necessary curriculum, materials, instruction, and professional guidance in a safe and comfortable learning environment for successful completion of the surgical technologist program. 
  • Enable individuals to perform as competent, entry-level Surgical Technologists by providing didactic and clinical instruction in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.
  • Train Surgical Technologists of the highest quality who uphold professional standards, such as, self-discipline, responsibility, collaboration, integrity, positivity, enthusiasm, self-motivation, confidence, and effective communication. 
  • Graduate Surgical Technologists who are fully committed to the roles and responsibilities of a surgical technologist and to continuing ongoing professional development following graduation. 

Program requirements for graduation

  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.

  • Maintain at least an 80% in each course and in the Overall Grade.

  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments.

  • Successfully completes a clinical externship.

  • Take the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists (CST).

Classes begin January 2021

program information

High School Diploma or GED, health insurance, updated vaccinations, completed health verification form, and CPR/BLS training required before enrolling.

January 2021 - December 2021
8:30am-3:00pm M-F*   (Subject to change)

Tuition: $13,534**

*Open Lab on Friday afternoons and Clinical Externship hours vary

**PELL & WIOA Grant Eligible. 

Steps to enroll

job outlook

In Contra Costa County, employment of Surgical Technologists is expected to increase by 34.9% over the next 10 years. The current median wage is $31.19 an hour.

(Source: California Employment Development Department)