Surgical technician schools provide training that lasts 9 to 24 months and requires a high school diploma and leads to a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree.  Programs are offered by the following surgical technician schools:

  • community colleges
  • junior colleges
  • vocational schools
  • universities
  • hospitals
  • the military

Recommended high school courses include health, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

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Diploma and certificate programs can typically be completed in under 12 months.  An associate degree typically takes two years.  The  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) offers accreditation for surgical technician schools.  In 2016 CAAHEP recognized the following accredited surgical technician schools:

  • 112 diploma programs
  • 160 certificate programs
  • 245 associate programs

Accredited surgical technician schools  can be found using the search function at the CAAHEP website at  Their search tool can find accredited surgical technician schools by state as well as program type.

According to an O*Net Online survey, the level of surgical technician training was as follows:

  • 41% had an associate's degree
  • 31% had a post-secondary diploma or certificate
  • 23% ad some college but no degree
Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Surgical Technologists,      
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Surgical technologist," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,
(3) O*Net Online,Summary Report for: 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists,
(4) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs,

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