Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist
Surgical Technologist Training Program Details

The Surgical Technologist certificate program will prepare students to become skilled operating room technicians. Surgical Technologists are key members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming other appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgical procedures.

Some of the primary responsibilities of Surgical Techs include prepping the operating room for surgery, maintaining a sterile environment, and distributing surgical instruments. They also play an important role in both preoperative and postoperative care.

Employment Opportunities for Surgical Techs

Surgical Technologists are employed in hospital operating rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care centers, and central sterile processing departments. Some Surgical Techs are employed directly by surgeons in the “private scrub” role, while others work as operating room technicians. Their broad educational background plus specialized focus allows them to function well in a variety of different roles.

Employment possibilities include surgery schedulers, material managers, and central service managers. Other fields that offer employment opportunities for Surgical Technologists include organ/tissue procurement and preservation, cardiac catheterization laboratories, product development, research, and sales.

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

Surgical Technologist graduates will be eligible to take the Tech in Surgery - Certified examination offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Graduates who pas the exam will earn the TS-C credential.

Eligibility requirements for the TS-C credential are solely determined by NCCT, and are subject to change at any time. NCCT is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.

Program Length:
  • 880 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction and lab - 480 hours
  • Clinical internship - 400 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 10 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 13 months.
Minimum Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or GED
Career opportunities in varies healthcare settings
  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Sterile processing departments
  • Emergency departments
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Ambulatory care centers

Key Information



Start Dates

Feb 27, 2017 (Eve)


10 - 13 Months*


Monday - Friday
5:30pm to 9:30pm



Other Financial Assistance


* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.

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