North Carolina Surgical Technician Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Surgical Technologists in North Carolina

A surgical technician is essential to each and every surgery. They're responsible for organizing equipment, preparing the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, and assisting the surgeon as needed during operations. In addition, surgical technicians maintain sterile conditions in a surgery. Employment opportunities include labor and delivery, emergency surgery, and dialysis facilities.

North Carolina Surgical Technician Schools

Students can study at a number of surgical technician schools in North Carolina. The following locations offer surgical technician training, certification programs, or degrees:

  • South College Asheville: An open admissions, private college where students can obtain a surgical technology certificate. The school is known for having an excellent student to professor ratio.
  • Miller-Motte College: The college specializes in helping students start a career within 18-24 months after enrollment, using a hands-on educational approach combined with career training.
  • Ashevillle-Buncombe Technical Community College: One of the largest institutions within the North Carolina College System, AB Tech accumulates a yearly curriculum enrollment of nearly 9,000 students. The school houses an Allied Health and Public Service educational department.
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences: A private, for-profit college where students can earn up to a bachelor's degree. The institution specializes in providing medicine, nursing, emergency medicine, nutrition, and exercise therapy programs.
  • Catawba Valley Community College: One of the largest public community colleges in Charlotte, featuring a virtual campus in addition to seven satellite campuses. Students can enroll for a 2-year surgical technology associate degree.

Coursework in these schools prepares graduates to assist surgeons and provide patient care, as well as proper care of equipment to ensure an aseptic surgical environment.

What to Expect from North Carolina Surgical Technician Programs

Most surgical technology programs can help students develop a solid understanding of medical and surgical procedures. The classes familiarize students with an operating room environment and teach the skills needed for various surgical procedures. Common courses include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Procedures
  • General Microbiology

Skills acquired include:

  • Advanced knowledge of medical terminology
  • Applicable knowledge of surgical procedures
  • Proficiency in an operating room environment
  • Surgical equipment and instrument handling

North Carolina Surgical Technician License

Students on the path to becoming surgical technicians must pass the Certified Surgical Technician (CST) Examination, administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. You typically have five options to prove eligibility:

  1. Current or previous CST certification
  2. Graduation from a CAAHEP- or ABHES-accredited surgical technology program
  3. Graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical first assisting program
  4. Graduation from a surgical technology military training program
  5. The Accelerated Alternate Delivery Pathway offers education advice for applicants with on-the-job training or who graduated from a non-accredited program.

Keep in mind that candidates deemed ineligible for testing typically do not receive a refund of their processing fees. To establish exam eligibility, submit the application and associated fee. First-time test takers pay between $190 - $290 for the exam and fees.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in North Carolina


  1. Courses, Central Piedmont Community College, http://www.cpcc.edu/health-human-services/surgical-technology-a45740/program-courses, accessed September 16, 2016.
  2. CST Examinations, The Nation Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, https://nbstsa.org/examinations-cst.html, accessed September 16, 2016.
  3. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm, accessed September 16, 2016.

Schools for Surgical Technologists in North Carolina are listed below.

Selected Surgical Technology Schools in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Surgical Technology Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville Associate 6,408
Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock Flat Rock Associate 1,968
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord Bachelor 358
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte Associate 484
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory Associate 4,765
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte Associate 18,052
Cleveland Community College Shelby Associate 2,064
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville Associate 4,349
College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City Associate 2,117
Durham Technical Community College Durham Associate 5,170
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro Associate 1,687
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville Associate 9,063
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown Associate 10,571
Isothermal Community College Spindale Associate 2,131
Lenoir Community College Kinston Associate 2,733
McDowell Technical Community College Marion Associate 1,134
Robeson Community College Lumberton Associate 1,788
Rockingham Community College Wentworth Associate 2,013
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst Associate 3,826
South College-Asheville Asheville Bachelor 133
South Piedmont Community College Polkton Associate 2,250
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh Associate 12,238
Wilson Community College Wilson Associate 1,642

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. 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

North Carolina

Asheville 50 $38370 0.41
Fayetteville 130 $41770 1.4
Greenville 130 $36820 2.42
Hickory 140 $38220 1.32
Lenoir 140 $38220 1.32
Morganton 140 $38220 1.32
Durham 250 $43880 1.22
Chapel Hill 250 $43880 1.22
Raleigh 330 $42820 0.8
Rocky Mount 30 $38190 0.79
New Bern 30 $40920 1.02
Wilmington 150 $34800 1.7
Winston 0 $39880 0
Salem 0 $39880 0
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