Colorado Surgical Technician Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Surgical Technologists in Colorado

Surgical technicians, often referred surgical technologists, work in the operating room. As a surgical technician, you would assist during surgical procedures by preparing the surgical suites, arranging all necessary equipment, and assisting the doctor during the surgery. Some general duties surgical technicians may be expected to perform include:

  • Preparing the operating room
  • Arranging surgical equipment
  • Preparing the patient or the surgical site
  • Administering post-operative care to the patient
  • Assisting during the procedure, including handing surgical tools, holding retractors, etc.
  • Obtaining blood and tissue samples for testing

Surgical Technician Schools in Colorado

Surgical technician schools in Colorado require a high school diploma (or equivalent) or a GED to enroll. Schools that accept students living in the state of Colorado include:

  • Aims Community College: A two-year public school that offers associate degrees in surgical technology and prepares you to work in an operating room from day one. Located in Greeley, Colorado.
  • Concorde Career College: Located in Aurora, Colorado. This eight-month program provides you with a personalized education and was originally founded in 1966.
  • Everest College: The Thornton campus offers surgical technologist associate degrees and is known for providing in-depth education covering all aspects of surgical procedures, sanitation, and technology.
  • Anthem College: Located in Aurora, Colorado and established in 1994, Anthem College offers health care training programs for surgical technicians.
  • Colorado Technical University in Greenwood Village: Located in Southeast Denver metro and offers accredited surgical technician degrees.
  • Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs: Located in Colorado Springs and originally founded in 1965, CTU offers undergraduate and graduate surgical technician training programs.

What to Expect from Colorado Surgical Technology Programs

When you enroll in surgical technology schools in Colorado, you will enter programs designed to provide you with support skills need to work in a surgical environment. You will be able to assist the entire surgical team, including nursing staff, and perform a variety of functions in the operating suite. Areas you study may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Surgical Practices
  • Surgical Technology
  • Pharmacology
  • Infection Control
  • Diseases

Most training programs include hands-on practice as part of their curriculum. By the end of your training, you will be prepared for a career in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, out-patient surgical centers, physicians' offices, and dental offices.

Colorado Surgical Technician License

Once you have completed your education at an accredited surgical technician school in Colorado, you must be certified by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Once you have passed, you may receive a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Note that you cannot take your certification test until you have completed the necessary training at surgical technology schools in Colorado.

You must also license through Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration handles all new licenses, renewals, complaints and sanctions.

To apply for a license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the Affidavit of Eligibility
  • Pay the licensing fee
  • Complete the fingerprint and criminal background check
  • Complete your Health care Professional Profiling Program profile online
  • Complete a diploma, certificate or have an associate degree applicable to the field

Resources for Surgical Technologist in Colorado


  1. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/surgical-technologists.htm, accessed September 16, 2016.
  2. The Surgical Technologist, Association of Surgical Technologists, http://www.ast.org/Publications/The_Surgical_Technologist/, accessed September 16, 2016.
  3. Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination Content Outline, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, http://nbstsa.org/downloads/forms/CST_Examination_Outline.pdf, accessed September 16, 2016.

Schools for Surgical Technologists in Colorado are listed below.

Selected Surgical Technology Schools in Colorado

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Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Colorado. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Fort Collins 80 $50630 0.79
Grand Junction 70 $49440 1.73
Greeley 0 $48040 0
Boulder 130 $59040 1.05
Colorado Springs 140 $46230 0.73
Denver 780 $47660 0.78
Aurora 780 $47660 0.78
Lakewood 780 $47660 0.78
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