Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program in Surgical Technology

Become a vital part of the operating room team.

Certification is an important step in maintaining your career mobility and ensuring that you are not limited in your choices. To be a teacher in a CAAHEP accredited Surgical Technology program, you must be a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). In many areas of the country, employers only hired Certified Surgical Technologists. As the profession and awareness of this occupation grows, certification will become a necessary step for individuals to demonstrate their competency.

The Surgical Technology – Accelerated Alternate Delivery program is designed to help non-certified currently practicing Surgical Technologists get the educational background they need to be eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification examination and become a Certified Surgical Technologist.

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Work Environment

Certified Surgical Technologists 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 15 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • About 70 percent of Surgical Technologists worked in hospitals in 2014. Some work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians 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: More 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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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