Surgical Technology Program

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SJVC’s Surgical Technology program teaches students the theory and application of sterile techniques, as well as human anatomy and therapeutic and diagnostic surgical procedures.

Train to become a surgical technologist at SJVC.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Surgical Technology program, students will learn how to:

  • • Properly assemble surgical instruments and equipment
  • • Create and maintain a sterile field
  • • Anticipate the surgeon’s needs during operation
  • • Provide pre, intra and post-operative care
  • • Safely handle and care for specimens

Program instructors are Certified Surgical Technologists with high levels of experience in the field. Students learn in a simulated operating room environment and participate in clinical rotations to gain direct experience in a medical/surgical environment.

Program Outcomes
Graduates will earn an Associate of Science degree, and can do so in approximately 15 months.

Graduates also earn CPR certification and are eligible to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam.

Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon in clean, brightly lit and relatively quiet environments. Surgical Technologists stand for most of the day and perform duties that require concentration for extended periods of time. They enjoy job stability, a good salary and consistent work schedule.

Surgical Technologists can expect to work in:

  • • Hospital operating rooms
  • • Out-patient surgery centers
  • • Plastic and reconstructive surgery centers
  • • Birthing Centers
  • • Oral surgery centers

SJVC’s Surgical Technology program is available at 2 of our California campuses:

Accreditation & Approvals
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 110
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262 |

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210 2350 |

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a degree in Surgical Technology sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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