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Is there a high demand for Surgical Technologists?
Yes!  According to the Department of Labor, the need for Surgical Technologists is expected to increase faster than average, a projected 23% increase through 2024.  In North Carolina, this occupation is expected to see 25% growth statewide, with 19% growth in Eastern North Carolina.
How much do entry-level Surgical Technologists earn?
Pay varies greatly depending upon location and office.  Visit the College Foundation of North Carolina’s Find a Career page to learn more about salary ranges in this field.
Do I need to have completed any college courses before I can apply to the Surgical Technology program?
No.  Please see the Surgical Technology Bulletin for details about program requirements and application steps.
If I move, will I need to renew my Surgical Technologist certification?
No, the certification is recognized nationwide.

Tuition & Estimated Costs

See the Surgical Technology Bulletin for specific details.

  • Costs may vary slightly from year to year.  Tuition is set by the North Carolina Legislature and can change without notice.
  • Each student will also be responsible for providing their transportation to the campus and to off-campus clinical rotation sites.  Also, students will need to budget for miscellaneous expenses such as binders, paper, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Candidates should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Foundation scholarship paperwork, and other scholarship forms as early as possible.  See the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for more details.
  • Candidates should consider other related expenses and issues such as transportation and child care.

Additional Resources

Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)

Certification: Nation Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting

EdHeads — Activate Your Mind
Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.  Choose from Simple Machines, Virtual Knee Surgery, and Stem Cell Heart Repair, among others.  All activities meet state and national standards.

ORLive — Your Source for Live and On-Demand Health Care Videos
OrLive (produced by BroadcastMed) is an online medical broadcasting company that helps the world’s leading hospitals, medical device companies, and medical education companies create and distribute trusted educational content to physicians, allied healthcare professionals, and patients.

Skeletal Simulations
Skeletal Simulations offers interactive learning programs for operating room personnel.  The courses allow you to explore and test your knowledge of orthopedic instrument and implant sets with simulated hands-on technology.