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New — Associate Degree in Surgical Technology in the Vail Valley

Get a fast start in a rapidly growing field with a 2-year degree

Surgical technology is rapidly becoming one of the best healthcare support jobs in the nation, and now, thanks to a partnership between Vail Valley Medical Center, Colorado Mountain College and Front Range Community College, you have the opportunity to pursue a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in the field, here in Eagle County.

Surgical technicians play integral roles in the operating room. They prepare the patient and operating room for surgeries, and they pass sterilized equipment and tools to the surgeons during surgery.

At the bedside, they may assist the surgical team by holding organs in place, and once surgery is completed, they may help dress the wound and transfer the patient to the recovery room.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected surgical technology will grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, more than double the average rate for all other occupations. In addition, the BLS reports the median annual salary for surgical techs in 2015 was $44,330.

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Courses to complete your first year are currently available. In order to enroll at CMC students must provide proof of their high school diploma or GED.

Students must take Reading, English and Math placements tests and complete developmental coursework in advance of college-level coursework if necessary.

To enter into the second-year, students will need to have completed all coursework identified in the first year, and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

The second year requires a separate admissions process that a CMC advisor will help you navigate. Students ready to enter their second year need to contact a CMC advisor for the admission process.