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Surgical Technologist Program

A surgical technologist program at American College of Healthcare prepares students for careers as part of a surgical team in hospitals and surgical centers. The program focuses on maintaining, monitoring, and enforcing the sterile field and adherence to aseptic technique by preoperative, surgical team, and postoperative personnel. Program courses includes: instrument and equipment sterilization and handling, surgical supplies management, wound exposure and closure, surgical computer and robot operation and monitoring, maintenance of homeostasis, and patient and team scrubbing. Get more details below including other California colleges that offer surgical technologist program.

The Surgical Technologist program at American College of Healthcare is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools since 1996.

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American College of Healthcare

3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA

American College of Health Care now has two campuses in California – Riverside and Huntington Park.  ACHC was founded in 1993 and in 2009 came under new ownership.  The school offers 6 career training programs in the health care field:

  • Medical Assistant and  Medical Administrative Assistant
  •  Medical Billing and Coding,
  • Pharmacy Technician
  •  Surgical Technology
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Massage Therapist.

The Surgical Technology program and the Pharmacy Technician program can lead to certification status.  The Surgical program can be completed in 17 months, earning the successful graduate a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist).   The Pharmacy program can be completed in 12 months. While licensing of Pharmacy Technicians is not mandatory, the ACHC program prepares participants for a voluntary nationally administered certification exam -- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) examination.

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has accredited the Surgical Technology Program and the American College of Health Care has earned institutional accreditation for its non-degree programs.

Tuition and fees for the Surgical Technology Program as of January 10, 2013 were approximately$32,600.  ACH reported a 73% placement rate for program graduates.  Cost of the Pharmacy Technician Program was about $16,500 with a 75% placement rate.  The other programs had placement rates ranging from the 80% range to 100% for the Medical Administrative Assistant Program.

Students Enrolled in the Surgical Technologist Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. American College of Healthcare offers a less than four-year award program in surgical technologist.

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Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Surgical Technologist program at American College of Healthcare, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Surgical Technologists


Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, surgical technologists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 14.8% from 2014 to 2024

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Student Services

To support students and graduates, American College of Healthcare may provide services including:

  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Assisting students to find work
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