Earn an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology in the Vail Valley

Get a fast start in a rapidly growing field with a 2-year degree in partnership with Front Range Community College

Surgical technology is rapidly becoming one of the best healthcare support jobs in the nation, and, thanks to a partnership between Colorado Mountain College, Front Range Community College, and Vail Health, local students have the opportunity to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology with Front Range Community College in Eagle County.

This unique partnership offers students the ability to complete the first year of coursework through CMC and complete the second year of coursework through Front Range Community College in the Vail Valley (when there is enough student interest and a local instructor available).

This program partnership is currently offered at the Vail Valley at Edwards campus with the goal of offering a cohort every other fall.

The next anticipated program cohort will be Fall 2025.

Please note: While we make our best effort to offer the local Vail Valley program option every other year, we cannot make this guarantee as it is dependent upon local instructor availability and student interest. Students always have the option to attend Front Range Community’s Westminster Campus to complete the program.

Surgical Technology

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 4.6% from 2024 to 2028, more than double the average rate for all other occupations. In addition, the BLS reports the median annual salary for surgical techs in Colorado in 2022 was $63,190.

How does the Front Range/CMC Program Pathway and Partnership work?

This associate degree program is a two-year program divided into courses you take with CMC during the first year and courses you take with Front Range Community College during the second year. In the first year, students can complete all the prerequisites (approximately half of the associate degree) at Colorado Mountain College.

In the second year (three semesters), students can transfer to Front Range Community College in Westminster to complete the Surgical Technology coursework (two semesters of coursework and an internship).

Or, if there is enough student interest and a local instructor can be scheduled, Front Range will partner with Vail Health and CMC to offer the second year of coursework in the Vail Valley.

Interested in the next Surgical Technology partnership program at the Vail Valley campus?

Complete the interest form to receive communications about this program and see an advisor or counselor to plan your first year, prerequisite courses.

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