We understand that enrolling in a certification program is a big commitment, so here’s a compilation of common questions that you might have about our programs:


Q: How much does enrollment cost?

A: Here’s a list of our program costs (Fees + Tuition)

  • CPR + Basic Life Support: $50 (alumni) or $75 (non-alumni)
  • Sterile Processing Technician: $3,610.00 (Fees $610.00, Tuition $3,000)*
  • EKG Technician: $3,610.00 (Fees $610.00, Tuition $3,000)*
  • Endoscope Reprocessing Technician: $952.50 (Fees $402.50, Tuition $550)
  • Surgical Technologist: $18,009 (Fees $2,045, Tuition $16,000)
  • Externship Fee (All programs except BLS & Surgical Tech): $600
    • Students that enrolled in our programs before 2020 may be entitled to a discounted externship rates.

*Price change on 3/21/2022


Q: How does blended learning work?

A: For SPD, ERT, and EKG, our learning experience will have 80% online lectures and 20% in-person labs. This means for every 4 online lectures, you will have 1 in-person lab. For Surgical Tech, labs will be conducted once per week.


Q: Does Altamont Healthcare provide or accept Financial Aid?

A: We do not. Our institution does not qualify for Title IV financial aid, so we are unable to provide financial aid for our students. We do not accept the GI Bill.


Q: Does Altamont Healthcare help with job placement?

A: No, we do not help with job placement. Externships can provide opportunities for you to network with hiring managers and secure jobs.


Q: Does Altamont Healthcare accept Worker’s Comp, Worknet, Dept. of Rehabilitation, or Employer Compensation?

A: Yes! Speak to your agency or department representative about compensation for our certification programs.


Q: Is Altamont Healthcare accredited?

A: We are accredited with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).


Q: How do I get an externship?

A: Our externship program is exclusive to Altamont Healthcare graduates that have passed their appropriate board exam. The externship fee is $600 for all programs except for the Surgical Technologist program.


Q: What is the schedule for the externship program? How long does it last?

A: Externships are 240-400 hours. Your schedule (which days of the week, how many hours per week) will depend on your own availability. How long it will take to complete your externship will depend on you.


Q: How much does the externship for Surgical Technologists cost?

A: The externship cost is $0 for our Surgical Technologist program. You must pass your NCCT Board Exam before participating in an externship.


Q: Are the classes online?

A: We use a blended-learning approach; our classes are split 80/20 between online lectures delivered via Zoom and in-person labs. The lab component may be completed online upon approval for long-distance students.


Q: How long are the programs?

A: Here’s a list of the programs and their lengths:

  • CPR/BLS: 4 hours (in-person only)
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician: 100 hours, 5-10 weeks
  • Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing Technician (ERT): 30 hours, 1-2 weeks
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician: 100 hours, 5-10 weeks
  • Surgical Technologist: 800 hours, 8 months of class (500 hours) + 3-6 months of externship (300 hours)
  • Externships: 240-400 hours. Duration & schedule varies depending on your availability.

Q: Will I be certified to work when I complete the program?

A: No, our programs prepare you for the CBSPD or NCCT certification exam. When you pass the certification exam, you will be certified to work as a technician or a technologist.


Q: What is included in the program?

A: We will provide you with a uniform, textbooks, a comprehensive exam review guide with practice questions, free CPR/Basic Life Support certification, and a career advancement workshop.


Q: How do I log into the Student Portal?

A: Once your application has been accepted, you will receive your login credentials via email. If you have already received them, click here to log in to the portal.


Q: How can I enroll in a certification program?

A: You can apply by clicking here. At the end of the application, you will need to pay a registration fee of $250. When your application is approved, we will send your student portal login along with your enrollment paperwork. If you submit the application without paying a fee, you will not receive a portal login or enrollment paperwork.


Q: What happens if I fail the class?

A: You will be unable to take the CBSPD or NCCT certification exam, but you will be allowed to retake the course for free. You can retake the course as many times as you need to.


Q: Where can I take the certification exam?

A: SPD and ERT students will take the exam through the CBSPD. You can find test dates and sites on their website. EKG and Surgical Tech students will take the exam through the NCCT. Similarly, you can find test dates and sites on their website. Both of our locations are approved NCCT testing sites.