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The Surgical Technology Program prepares the student to function in the operating room under the direct supervision of physicians and nurses. Surgical technologists assist the surgeons during surgical procedures. Most work settings are in hospital operating rooms, emergency rooms and out-patient surgical clinics. Salaries in the San Diego area range from $30,000 to $40,000 per year to start.

The Surgical Technology Program is three semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer. Prospective students may apply for the program after completing the pre-requisite courses listed below.


    Class Course # Units GPA
    Human Anatomy OR Human Anatomy/Physiology Bio 260 
    OR Bio 190
    5 w/ lab 2.5
    Medical Terminology Medop 230 3 2.5
    College Level Reading Reading 158 4 2.5
    A High School Education General Ed. High School
    Degree / G.E.D.

    *** High School Education need to come from a United States Accredited School

The Program accepts 20 students every Fall semester. We do not accept applications unless they contain ALL requested documentation and prerequisites. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE EMAILED or DROPPED OFF IN PERSON at the Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa, 8100 Gigantic Street San Diego, CA 92154. (No exceptions).

Students who are not accepted will continue to remain on a waiting list based on date of application and kept for a maximum of 2 years.

If you are interested in obtaining an Associate in Science Degree for this program, we suggest making an appointment with a counselor at any  SWC site to review the courses needed for the degree in Surgical Technology to make sure that you will meet all requirements. 




The cost of the Surgical Technology Program is currently estimated to be about $2,200. The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the first semester. Textbooks, enrollment fees, material fees, malpractice insurance and uniforms are the major cost items.
Last updated: 12/20/2013 1:29:05 PM