Are you a detail-oriented person looking for a rewarding health career? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference in a patient’s life? If you think you would thrive in the fast-paced world of a hospital operating room, consider a career as a surgical technologist.

Surgical technologists serve as key members of the medical team assisting surgeons in the operating room. They must be able to think on their feet, keep cool under pressure and work well as team players.

This program prepares you to go straight to work as a surgical technologist and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Surgical Technologist At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Surgical Technologist jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy — nearly one-third of the total increase — through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor) are in health care occupations.

CareerOneStop  projects a 30 percent increase in Texas for surgical technologists through 2024. 

Local job prospects are even better. Surgical technologist is listed as a targeted occupation by Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, projecting 1,500 job openings through 2017, with local job growth at 37.5 percent.

See more about careers in the Surgical Technologist program.

Degrees in the Surgical Technologist Program

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only college in DCCCD to offer the Surgical Technologist program and the Surgical Technologist Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

See the Surgical Technologist information packet for specific information on admission requirements and the application process.  

Graduates are eligible for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certified Surgical Technologist Exam. Certification is a requirement of employment as a surgical technologist in Texas.

RN Bridge Program

Surgical technologists can complete the Associate Degree Nursing program via the advanced placement RN Bridge program at El Centro College. Admission is open to applicants who are registered surgical technologists, who have not previously enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing program and who complete all entrance requirements. Graduates of the RN Bridge program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.

Continuing Education Refresher Course

A Continuing Education (C.E.) Surgical Technology Refresher course (SRGT-1091-51201) is offered online each Fall and Spring semester for current non-certified surgical technologists to prepare for the national certification exam.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit

Ready to take the first step toward your new career?