How do I Choose the Best Surgical Tech Schools?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 12 November 2018
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There are four items to consider when choosing the best surgical tech schools: hands-on training, equipment, admissions requirements, and faculty. Surgical tech schools can be part of a larger college, or an independent school. The best surgical tech schools are affiliated with the local hospitals and nursing schools, providing opportunities for cross training, networking, and job placement programs.

Selecting the best school should be based on your own goals, achievements, and skill levels. Select a school where you will be both challenged and successful. The best school is often a matter of specialized programs, designed to provide additional skills or support. For example, the best school for someone who does not like crowds would have small class sizes and be on a small campus. Students who prefer a lot of social interaction as part of their learning process might benefit from being in a larger school, with a broader range of programs and students.

The best surgical tech schools have a wide range of equipment available for student use. This includes full and half size mannequins, surgical simulation programs, opportunities to practice in mock surgeries and other computer simulation programs. Check the average class size to ensure you will have ample opportunity to use this equipment.


In order to qualify for admission to surgical tech schools, you must have high school courses in biology, English, and at least one other science course. The tasks of a surgical tech or technician have some overlap with a surgical nurse. It is possible to transfer from a nursing program into a surgical technician program and receive credits for prior learning. Talk to the admissions counselor to learn more.

If you are looking at the best surgical tech school in the country or state, take note that the admissions standard is higher to reflect the increased demand. These schools often require students to have a combination of high marks and letters of recommendation from former teachers. It is important to note that being in the lowest quarter of your class at the best school does not help either your career or quality of education you are receiving.

Most surgical tech schools provide the biographies of their faculty or instructors on their websites. The information listed typically includes the academic credentials, work experience, special training, and any teaching awards they may have received. Investing this time will help you establish a professional relationship with your professors, and may result in additional learning opportunities.



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