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In search of a surgery technologist school? SJVC’s Surgical Technology program teaches students the theory and application of sterile techniques, human anatomy, and therapeutic and diagnostic surgical procedures.

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At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months

  • Earn CPR, HIPAA, and Blood Borne Pathogens certifications

  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam

  • Conveniently offered at four campuses

  • Affordable tuition varies, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students in our Surgical Technology program learn:

  • 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

Students learn in a simulated operating room environment and participate in clinical rotations to gain direct experience in a medical/surgical environment.

In accordance with the 2013 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology, along with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) Standards Interpretive Guide, namely, Standard V.A.3 and Standard V.C., the program’s position and practice on student work policy is as follows:

“All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, nor receive any compensation, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.”

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Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. 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 a consistent work schedule.

In 2020 the largest employers of surgical technologists were1:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Offices of Dentists

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Program Availability

SJVC’s surgical technician training program is available at the following campuses:

Student Outcome Data

Outcomes Assessment Exam elected for this reporting year (2019):  CST

Campus # of Students Graduated (CST Exam-eligible) # of Students Who Took CST Exam # of Students Who Passed CST Exam % of Students Who Passed CST Exam
Bakersfield 11 11 6 55%
Fresno 16 15 10 67%



Campus Annual Reporting Year Academic Year OAE Reported # of Students Graduated (CST Exam-eligible) # of Students Who Took CST Exam # of Students Who Passed CST Exam % of Students Who Passed CST Exam
Bakersfield 2019 8/1/17-7/31/18 CST 11 11 6 55%
Bakersfield 2018 8/1/16-7/31/17 CST 14 14 14 100%
Bakersfield 2017 8/1/15-7/31/16 CST 10 10 8 80%
Bakersfield 2016 8/1/14-7/31/15 CST 32 32 28 88%
Fresno 2019 8/1/17-7/31/18 CST 16 15 10 67%
Fresno 2018 8/1/16-7/31/17 CST 22 22 17 77%
Fresno 2017 8/1/15-7/31/16 CST 16 16 12 75%
Fresno 2016 8/1/14-7/31/15 CST 23 22 20 91%


The ARC-STSA Threshold for CST pass rate is 70%.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s academic catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. Also, you can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation and Approvals

Bakersfield, Fresno, Rancho Cordova, and Temecula Campuses

The Surgical Technology program delivered at the Bakersfield, Fresno, Rancho Cordova, and Temecula campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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Read Our Career Guide On Surgical Technology In California

Surgical technologists, also known as operating room technicians, have a huge role in the preparation for operations. They set up operating rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during surgeries.

Surgical Technology FAQs

What does a surgical technologist do?

Surgical technologists assist with operations by preparing operating rooms, arranging equipment, and helping doctors during surgeries. They may also ready patients for surgery by completing the patient skin prep before draping by the sterile surgical team and helping to maintain a sterile environment to prevent patient infection.2

How long does it take to become a surgical technologist?

SJVC’s Surgical Technology program trains students in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies. These facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

What can you do with a degree in surgical technology?

Graduates of SJVC’s Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist National Certification Exam. SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program. Those in this role, who are sometimes called operating room technicians, often work in hospitals and surgical centers. They have a broad knowledge base in surgical therapies and the ability to adapt to new technologies.

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