Surgical Technology
Associate of Occupational Science Degree

Train to become a vital part of a surgical team.

The Surgical Technologist program at Glendale Career College trains students the skills to begin working alongside surgeons, registered nurses and other medical professionals as part of the medical team providing care to patients during the crucial periods of surgery.

Surgical Technologists (also known as surgical techs, operating room technicians, and OR techs) assist in surgical operations, preparing operating rooms and helping surgeons, nurses, and doctors before and during surgical procedures.

Graduates of this program earn their Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree and are qualified to work in surgical centers, delivery rooms, and medical clinics and may be employed as a member of an operating room team.

Thanks to advances in medical technology, surgery is safer, and more people are having operations to treat a number of illnesses and injuries. Also, the number of people with access to health insurance is projected to increase because of federal health insurance reform, which should lead to a greater need for surgical services, too. As a result, there is a growing demand for trained Surgical Technologists.

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The Surgical Technologist Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree program at Glendale Career College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a variety of different medical and health care facilities.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Hospitals
  • Surgical centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physicians’ offices (for doctors who perform outpatient surgery)

Quick Facts about Surgical Technologists*

  • Employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 7 percent nationally from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • More than 70 percent of Surgical Technologists worked in hospitals in 2019. Some work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians and dentists who perform outpatient surgery.
  • Most Surgical Technologists work full time. Surgical Technologists employed in hospitals may work or be on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Surgical Technologists may also be required to work shifts lasting longer than 8 hours.
*Source: information, including median wages and the job outlook for Surgical Technologists in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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