The demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow much faster than average due to an aging population with varied surgical needs. Surgical technology career training requires a student's commitment to a certificate, diploma or associate degree-granting program.
Cost of surgical technologist training varies widely by the type of program. Public universities are generally the least-expensive option, with total cost ranging from $1,800 to $2,500, which usually includes tuition, supplies, uniforms, books and test fees. Adult or trade schools tuition and fees range from $5,000 to $10,000. Private schools can cost $22,000 and up.
Length and Accreditation
The time involved in surgical technology career training also varies based on the type of program. Certificate and diploma programs are nine to 12 months long. Associate degree programs are usually 12 to 24 months long. Most employers prefer to hire certified applicants. To become certified, students need to attend a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHP).
Students on a budget may be eligible for scholarships through professional organizations such as the Association of Surgical Technologists. Applying for such assistance may require a student-level membership in the association.