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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Program

Train hands-on to work with surgeons as a Surgical Technologist.

20
months Associate of Occupational Science Degree program
3
locationsLos Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County
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Be ready to prep patients and operation rooms for surgery in the real world.

Get the training you'll need to administer life-saving measures under pressure. Get experience both in the classroom, lab, and in real operating room settings.

Looking for the right surgical technology school near you? ACC’s surgical technology program emphasizes hands-on learning and real-life experience. Gain the skills you need to prepare operating rooms, work directly with patients, and assist doctors during procedures.

Find a surgical technology program near you. Our program is available at our three Southern California campuses: Los Angeles, Ontario, and Anaheim.

This program is taught in a blended format combining online classes and in-person instruction.

Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

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Learn to:

Equip and Manage Operating Rooms

Equip and Manage Operating Rooms

Track patient health by learning to use the Sphygmomanometer to monitor blood pressure.

Manage Instruments

Manage Instruments

Assist surgeons and nurses during surgery.

Prep Patients for Surgery

Prep Patients for Surgery

Practice monitoring vital signs and preparing charts.

From lectures to real-world experience, our ACC programs are designed with your career in mind.

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From lectures to labs, our ACC curriculum is designed with you in mind.
A Day in the Life of a Surgical Technician

As a Surgical Technician, you'll work directly with patients to prep them for surgery and monitor vital signs and charts. During procedures, you'll assist surgeons and ensure procedures are performed efficiently and effectively.

Here are some things you may do:

  • Prep patients for surgery
  • Assist surgeons and nurses in the operating room
  • Pass and track instruments
  • Equip and maintain operating room equipment and supplies
  • Ensure procedures are performed safely and efficiently
What Will I Learn in the Surgical Technology Program?

Surgical technologists assist surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists during surgical operations. Students in our surgical technology program will be trained to do the following:

  • Prepare the operating room by checking supplies and equipment
  • Set up a sterile table and electrosurgical unit stand
  • Pass instruments and other sterile supplies to the surgeon during surgery
  • Hold retractors and cut sutures1

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Surgical Technologists in California

Am I a Good Fit for the Surgical Technology Program?

If you love being right in the action and don’t mind the sight of surgical procedures, our surgical technology program might be right for you.

Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great surgical technologist:

Active listening – Surgical technologists need to be able to listen and understand what is being asked of them before, during, and after surgery.

Operations monitoring – Surgical technologists should be able to watch any relevant machine, including gauges, dials, or indicators.

Critical thinking – Surgical technologists perform essential actions in operating rooms. Critical thinking skills can help them make logic-based decisions and find viable solutions to problems.

Equipment maintenance – Maintaining a safe and sterile environment is essential in operations.

Service orientation – A great surgical technologist is one with a passion for helping patients and for providing the best care possible.

Where Can I Work as a Surgical Technologist?

Surgical technologists can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Dentists’ offices1

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Surgical Technologists in California

What Will I Learn in the Surgical Technology Program?

This class curriculum is divided into eight 10-week quarters, each of which includes prescribed subjects or studies that build upon each other. Clinical experience in hospital settings is also required for successful completion of the school's program, and these clinical rotations, which begin in quarter seven, comprise 600 hours.

In addition to general education courses, core courses in American Career College's Surgical Technology program include:

Anatomy and Physiology I – This course provides an overview of the associate major terms and physiologic functions used in anatomy with clinical situations. You will learn about the human body and how it functions.

Introduction to Surgical Technology – In this course, you will learn about surgical technology as a profession, and the structure of health care facilities and hospital organization. You will also be introduced to the scope of practice as a member of the surgical team and become familiarized with medical terminology.

Surgical Techniques I Lab – In the laboratory component of this course, you will be introduced to basic surgical techniques such as aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning and gloving, establishing a sterile field and organizing the sterile field. You will also learn how to perform the surgical counts as well as assisting with draping the surgical patient.

Operating Room Fundamentals – This course will introduce you to the operating room environment as well as basic surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. Common hazards and safety precautions will be discussed, and you will also learn about technological advances of the modern operating room.

Surgical Procedures I – In this course, you will study advanced techniques in surgical patient care, which will be reinforced through hands-on practicum. You will learn the different roles of the surgical technologist (Scrub Role - STSR, Assistant Circulator - STAC and Second Assistant – STSA roles) during routine mock surgical procedures in the laboratory setting.

Clinical Practicum I – This course provides you with the opportunity to participate in actual surgical procedures. You will direct patient care in the STSR role in the following areas: preoperative, intra-operative care, and postoperative patient care. You will also participate in assisting with instrument processing as well as pulling supplies and instrumentation from the sterile supply areas.

For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Degree in Surgical Technology?

Students can earn their degree to become a surgical technologist in as little as 20 months.

How Much is Tuition for the Surgical Technology Program?

Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the surgical technology school cost and help you explore financial aid options.

To learn more about ACC’s Surgical Technology program cost, access our tuition info.

Is Financial Aid Available for Surgical Technology?

Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Will I Get Real-World Training?

Yes! ACC's surgical technology program includes over 500 hours of clinicals which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.

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After a mix of classroom and mock surgery labs, you'll be ready for your first day on the job.

Our classes are modeled after real-life situations, including mock surgeries using the same equipment you'll come across in your first job. That way, you're prepared to jump in on your very first day.

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"I had always been interested in medicine, but I didn't want to deal with the drama of applying to even a community college. Now, I'm a trained Surgical Technician!"

- Jessica S. '10

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