Surgical Technologists are key players in the Operating Room. They assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, RNs, and other surgical staff during live procedures.

Cost of Enrollment: $2009

Total Program Cost: $18,009

Externship Cost: $0 (Included in the Surgical Technology program)


What do Surgical Technologists do?

Surgical technologists are the unsung heroes of the operating room. They are known by many names like scrub tech, OR (operating room) technician, or surgical assistant. Not many people have heard of them, but they are a critical part of any surgical operation. Their responsibilities include preparing the operating room for surgeries, sterilizing equipment and checking that all supplies needed are present, and preparing patients for surgery. During surgery, surgical technologists assist surgeons, count supplies, and maintain a sterile operating environment.

The typical operation from a Surgical Technologist’s POV looks something like this:

Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning the patients on the operating table, covering them with sterile drapes, and taking them to and from the operating room. Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They also hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment. Technologists also may handle specimens taken for laboratory analysis.

Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.

Surgical Techs are in Demand

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts faster than average growth in Surgical Technologist jobs in the next 8 years. Even in these uncertain times, healthcare jobs remain remarkably stable due to the consistent need for medical attention and operations. Surgical technologists will always be in demand because they are an essential part of the operating room; as long as surgeries are being performed, these jobs will be around.

Advantages with Altamont

Flexible payment options. We realize the high cost of education and the need that cost should not prevent someone from achieving what they want. We offer various payment options so that our classes are as accessible as possible. Quality affordable education is and will always be our top priority.

Small class sizes. Our instructors are able to communicate effectively with each and every one of our students due to our limited class sizes. Smaller classes allow for more in-depth learning and a personalized experience. Teachers are able to answer all our students’ questions and address their concerns.

Experienced instructors. Our instructors are experienced in what they teach and will guide towards success in this program, in the certification exam, and in the real-world. Our curriculum was meticulously crafted to meld theoretical knowledge and hands-on learning so that you are prepared for the exam and the world beyond.

Real-world experience. This course includes a 300-hour externship where you will learn how to perform your duties as a Surgical Technologist in a real surgical setting. Our immersion program will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in a hospital setting.


This course prepares students to be a scrubbed, gowned, and gloved participant in surgery. He or she acts as primary scrub person who handles sterile instruments, supplies and equipment needed during actual surgeries. The technician is part of the sterile team, along with surgeons, doctors, assistants and nurses in the Operating Room (OR).

Upon successful completion of the course, students shall be eligible to take the certification exams for surgical technologists through National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), which is an independent credentialing organization that is accredited by the Natioanl Commission for Certifying Agencies or NCCA.

Students will be able to demonstrate use of their knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology to assist in surgical procedures and patient preparation, maintain a sterile field, thoroughly understand and demonstrate the aseptic surgical technique, set up surgical instruments and drapes, and pass surgical instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants during surgery, and lastly, have a working knowledge regarding various energy sources in the perioperative area, such as electricity used for surgery.

The course has a total training time of 800 hours, consisting of 500 classroom hours of both lectures and laboratory work and 300 externship hours.


Winter 2021 Schedule

We are currently offering Weekday & Weeknight Surgical Tech classes in Winter 2021. The program consists of 8 months of instruction followed by 2-4 months of externship in a hospital after passing the NCCT board exam.

Externship placement is guaranteed granted that you pass the NCCT board exam. Your externship schedule will be decided between you and your contracted hospital.


  • November 25-28: Thanksgiving Weekend
  • December 24 – January 2: Christmas & New Years Break
  • May 30, 2022: Memorial Day
  • July 4, 2022: Independence Day

Day Class Details:

  • Start: January 10, 2022
  • End: August 17, 2022
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM to 1 PM
  • 16 hrs/week for 8 months of classes then approx. 300 hours of externship.
  • Orientation date TBD

Night Class Details:

  • Start: January 10, 2022
  • End: August 17, 2022
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 16 hrs/week for 8 months of classes then approx. 300 hours of externship.
  • Orientation date TBD

Summer 2021 Term

Night Class: Monday – Thursday from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

  • May 3, 2021 – December 13, 2021
  • Orientation: April 26, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
    • 1st payment: 05/03/21
    • 2nd payment: 06/10/21

Day Class: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • May 3, 2021 – December 13, 2021
  • Orientation: April 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am
    • 1st payment: 05/03/21
    • 2nd payment: 06/10/21

Weekend Class: Friday from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • August 6, 2021 – April 1, 2022
  • Orientation: July 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am
    • 1st payment: 08/06/21
    • 2nd payment: 09/10/21

For payment Option 3, the 2nd through 8th tuition payments are due on the 10th of every subsequent month.


Admission Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must have at least a High School Diploma or GED.
    • Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s degrees, etc. all accepted!
  3. Physical Requirements:
    • Must have good use of hands to handle surgical instruments safely
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
    • Must have good control of body movements and coordination
  4. Must pass an interview with Altamont Healthcare Admissions. To schedule an interview, please call our Student Relations Specialist at 209-817-8035. We are open Mondays to Friday from 8-5 pm. Or you may fill out our online Contact Form to schedule your interview.

Required Documents:

  1. Valid Government Issued Picture ID
  2. Proof of meeting the above education requirements


Total Fees and Charges: $ 18,000.00
Registration Fee $ 250.00   Non-Refundable
Books $ 750.00   Textbooks prices fluctuate depending on recent book editions and changes by publishers.
Materials and Lab Fee $ 1000.00   Non-Refundable upon removal from original packaging.
Tuition $ 16,000.00   Refundable subject to Rules and Procedure below
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee $ 9.00 Non-Refundable ($0.50 for every $1,000 rounded to  the nearest $1,000)

    CHARGES DUE UPON ENROLLMENT        $2,009.00


Total Enrollment Cost (Registration& Manual/Lab Materials Fee): $2,000.00
All payment plans below do not include registration and book fees. The payment plans are based on the tuition rate of $16,000.00.

Option #1: Full payment entitles students to 10% discount on tuition payment. ($14,400.00)

Option #2: Make the first installment of $2,000 and pay the remaining amount in full in the second payment; the student gets a 5% discount on the remaining tuition. ($13,300.00 instead of $14,000.00).

Option #3:  Tuition may be paid in 8 installments $2,000: the first installment is due on or before the first day of class; second to eight installments are due every 10th of the subsequent months.

Payments made seven days after the due date will incur a late charge of $20.00 and students may not be entitled to discounts, when applicable. Nonpayment may be a ground for dropping students from the class. Any delinquent account unpaid for more than 90 days may be referred to a third party for collections.


Dr. Peter Hickox

I am a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who has been practicing and teaching for more than thirty years. After I completed my training, I remained on the academic faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. I have always had some type of private practice. I also published research papers, completely revised a textbook on menopause and was at the forefront of new developments in infertility, infertility surgery and in-vitro fertilization. I have assisted countless couples to finally have children. I also enjoyed advances in surgery and was involved in the development of new surgical procedures that have now become mainstream in obstetrics and gynecology. I am a founding member of the Osteoporosis Foundation, The North American Menopause Society and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. I left academic medicine to pursue private practice full time and moved to California about fifteen years ago.

I was contacted by a local college about teaching. I have always enjoyed teaching was excited to resume an activity that I could devote my years of experience to. I began teaching again.

Altamont Healthcare recently approached me about a surgical technology program that they wished to inaugurate. I gladly accepted the challenge.

The surgical technologist is central to the success of any operating room. From preparing and setup, completing the case and delivering the patient safely to the recovery room – this is the goal of the surgical technologist and the health care system in general. It is a privilege to be able to assist in training you for a successful and rewarding career as a surgical technologist.