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Surgical Technology Program Postponed
Due to COVID-19, the Surgical Technology Program has been postponed. Please check back for updates on when the program may restart.

Associate Degree in Surgical Technologist in the Vail Valley

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

Surgical Technologist is rapidly becoming one of the best healthcare support jobs in the nation, and now, thanks to a partnership between Vail Health, 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 technologists 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 technologists 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.

Program Accreditation

Front Range Community College Surgical Technology Program has been granted accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council for Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( which will allow students who successfully complete the program to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification and have the credential of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Tuition and Fees

During your first year, you will be enrolled as a CMC students and subject to CMC tuition and fees. Our tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. Don’t go deep into debt! See more information on CMC Tuition & Costs.

During your second year, tuition and fees are subject to Front Range Community College tuition rates and fees. More information on tuition and fees for the second year is available at Front Range Community College/Current Tuition Rates.

Other Costs

Other costs students should keep in mind...

  • Books, varies by course
  • Scrubs, approximately $60
  • Background check and drug screening (if not already on file), approximately $80
  • Association of Surgical Technologists and Exam fee of $247

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.