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Surgical technicians play a vital role in assisting surgeons in the operating room. These professionals are responsible for preparing the patient and the operating area so the surgeon has the best possible chance of achieving the desired outcome. They must stay on their feet for hours at a time and keep themselves completely focused. Most surgical technologists have earned some type of postsecondary degree or certificate before entering their career.

Surgical Tech Schools in Florida

Most surgical technologists earn an associate degree or postsecondary certification in order to prepare for the job. Below we've outlined five surgical technician schools in Florida. Consider what each has to offer but also which would make the most sense for your current situation and your goals as a surgical technician.

  • Cape Coral Technical College: Before graduating, students must complete 1330 hours (roughly one calendar year) of coursework that takes place in classrooms and through clinical rotations. Prior to enrollment, interested parties need to meet with the admissions office and meet certain educational prerequisites.

  • College of Central Florida: Class work is very informal, but students are challenged through skill lab tests, mock surgeries, computerized testing and oral testing.

  • Daytona State Technical College: This program takes 10 ½ months to get through. Much of this course happens "in the field" and students are prepared to take on a specialization.

  • Eastern Florida State College: This AAS program entails 64 hours between general education requirements, major courses and support courses. Full-time students should get through the entire program within two years.

  • Indian River State College: Before beginning this program, all students must go through the HSCV 405 CPR course; no other credential is accepted by the school. After that, the Surgical Technology Program is a year long.

Once you make it through your program of choice, be sure you sign up with the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting) to take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologists) exam. This accreditation is nationally recognized and helps when it comes to beginning your career.

What to Expect from Surgical Technologist Schools in Florida

Although the surgical tech schools in Florida above are all worth considering, they each offer something a little different. That being said, as they have all been certified by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), there are certain similarities among them as well. These are the sorts of things you can expect from any of the five above:

  • Classes on subjects like microbiology, anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills and ethics
  • Time spent in the laboratory learning about the tools and technology that surgical technicians use on a regular basis
  • Experience in actual medical settings where you help a surgeon during an operation

The level to which you partake in any of the above is going to depend on the type of degree or certificate you earn and any sort of specialization you choose.

Florida Surgical Technician Certification

Florida doesn't have any type of requirement for earning a license in order to act as a surgical technician. The only credential that matters is getting through one of the surgical technologist schools in Florida outlined earlier.

That being said, the CRT exam really is worth studying for and passing. Fortunately, these schools prep you for this examination as part of your education. All you have to do is apply and set a day aside to take the test.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Florida

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  • Surgical Technology
  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Features a community service program for students, called the Ambassador Program.
  • Offers several programs in healthcare, criminal justice, broadcasting, business administration and more.
  • Features an online system called MyPortal that allows students to check their schedule, grades, calculate their GPA, and more.
  • Has 5 Florida campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Miami, Hollywood, and Altamonte Springs, with online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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Fort Lauderdale
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  • A.S. - Surgical Technician

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment. As a student at Southern Technical College, you will have the opportunity learn in several different ways.

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Port Charlotte
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  • AS in Surgical Technology
  • Owns a public spa where students can get real-world experience.
  • Provides scholarship opportunities and financial aid to students who qualify.
  • Offers many start dates throughout the year, with part-time and full-time attendance options.
  • Has 3 main campuses in Greenacres and Jacksonville, Florida, with 4 branch campuses in Miami Lakes, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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West Palm Beach
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  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technology

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Orange Park
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  • Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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Clearwater
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  • Health Information Technician Associates Degree

Further your education at Rasmussen College.Choose from seven schools of study including programs in business, nursing, technology, and more. You could earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and help advance your career through our AcceleratED program.

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Ocala
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  • Health Information Technology
  • Serving students in higher education since 1941.
  • Offers diplomas and degree programs in accounting, healthcare, and business. 
  • Uses a unique inverted curriculum that enables students to take core classes in their first year.
  • Provides flexible scheduling for students with four start times per year.
  • Has 36 campus locations across the United States, as well as online courses.
  • Formed program advisory boards to ensure that all course material stays up to date.
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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Cardiovascular Sonography - Associate
  • Cardiovascular Sonography - Bachelor
  • Offers programs that focus on the two most in-demand application areas for sonography: abdominal and obstetric and gynecological applications, or a cardiac focus. Both provide exposure to vascular ultrasound, the third most common use of the technology.
  • Students can combine their bachelor’s degree in any field with their Diagnostic Medical Sonography program to earn a bachelor’s degree in Sonography.
  • Provides focused lab classes to give students hands-on experience as well as  clinical training held in a real-life setting.
  • Accredited Member, ACICS
  • Located in Kissimmee, FL
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Orlando
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  • Health Information Technology
  • Offers numerous merit-based scholarships for those who qualify, including awards for minorities, women, and high school students.
  • Alumni may return for free refresher courses for any previously taken class.
  • Features a comprehensive online blog about college life, called "Power the Beat."
  • 5 locations in the Miami area, with online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (MSN)
  • Ranked among the Best Grad Schools for Physician Assistants in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899.
  • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
  • Offers counseling services and a 24/7 crisis hotline to students at no extra charge.
  • Gives students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.

More Florida Surgical Technology Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Fern Park
Associate
381
Cocoa
Associate
14,496
Ocala
Associate
6,210
Daytona Beach
Bachelor
13,675
Jacksonville
Bachelor
24,939
Panama City
Associate
5,758
Fort Pierce
Bachelor
14,932
Niceville
Bachelor
7,043
Lake Worth
Associate
22,881
Pensacola
Associate
10,728
Gainesville
Associate
14,824
Pensacola
Associate
243

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 650 $39,800
Cape Coral 410 $44,790
Fort Myers 410 $44,790
Crestview 50 $41,690
Fort Walton Beach 50 $41,690
Destin 50 $41,690
Deltona 180 $37,440
Daytona Beach 180 $37,440
Ormond Beach 180 $37,440
Gainesville 180 $41,520
Homosassa Springs 30 $41,180
Lakeland 180 $41,440
Winter Haven 180 $41,440
Miami 2180 $44,140
Fort Lauderdale 2180 $44,140
West Palm Beach 2180 $44,140
Naples 70 $44,670
Immokalee 70 $44,670
Marco Island 70 $44,670
North Port 270 $41,070
Sarasota 270 $41,070
Bradenton 270 $41,070
Ocala N/A $43,520
Orlando 750 $41,370
Kissimmee 750 $41,370
Sanford 750 $41,370
Palm Bay 170 $38,030
Melbourne 170 $38,030
Titusville 170 $38,030
Panama City 90 $38,070
Pensacola 130 $39,800
Ferry Pass 130 $39,800
Brent 130 $39,800
Port St. Lucie 130 $42,230
Sebastian 40 $38,170
Vero Beach 40 $38,170
Sebring 30 $43,290
Tallahassee 160 $40,140
Tampa 1040 $43,160
St. Petersburg 1040 $43,160
Clearwater 1040 $43,160

Sources:

  1. CAAHEP Accredited Program Search, http://www.caahep.org/Find-An-Accredited-Program/, accessed on October 19, 2016
  2. How to Become a Surgical Technologist, https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-surgical-technologist-1735975, accessed October 19, 2016
  3. Homepage, NBSTSA, http://www.nbstsa.org/ accessed October 19, 2016

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