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In just two years, you can become a surgical technologist. 
Help improve and save lives in this high-demand field.

Surgical Technology

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You can improve and save lives as a vital part of the team in the operating room (OR). At Cabarrus College, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who’ve worked in the OR for years, and you’ll log extensive hours there yourself. Starting your very first month, you’ll practice your skills in the OR every single week all the way through graduation

Associate Degree: Two years

Associate Degree Bridge: Two semesters

Jessica Combs ’23
Surgical Technology

“I am so grateful that I was able to obtain my education from such a top-notch school. From the moment I stepped through the doors, I was greeted with warm, kind, and helpful faculty and staff.”

Genevieve Gere, CMA, '19
Medical assistant

Hear From More of Our Proud Alumni

“Choosing Cabarrus College was a monumental decision that has impacted my life and future career. The small class sizes and interpersonal relationships help facilitate a great learning environment.”

Jessica Randall, CST, '20
Surgical Technology 

“Applying for the surg tech program at Cabarrus College was the best decision I could have made. The program here is amazing, and it is filled with teachers who truly know and understand the surg tech job.”

Lauren Boyles, CST, '21
Surgical Technology

  • Enables surgical technologists with a diploma to earn an associate degree


  • In just two years, you can have an exciting career working in the operating room 
  • Innovative certifications such as robotics included in the curriculum
  • High certification pass rate (well above national average) 
  • Extensive hands-on operating room experience starting the very first semester 
  • High demand field: 100% of graduates are employed within 6 months after graduation 
  • Enroll full time or part time 
  • Start in fall semester only

“Surgical technology is an awesome career choice and making the decision to attend Cabarrus College is the best decision anyone could make for themselves. If you need additional help, the instructors are willing to answer your questions and work one-on-one..”

Atrium Health Forgivable Loan

Available to all Surgical Technology students

$5,000 loan for diploma students and $10,000 loan for associate degree students can be repaid/forgiven by working at Atrium Health.

Cabarrus Cares Scholarship

For North Carolina high school students

Covers up to 100% of tuition and general fees after expected family contribution and other sources of free aid have been exhausted. Must attend full time and demonstrate financial need.

Talk to our financial aid office for more information.

A respected leader in healthcare education, Cabarrus College provides immersive, innovative education that will prepare you to provide exemplary care for the patients and communities you serve. We are renowned for our small, welcoming environment and faculty who are more than instructors – they’re mentors who will ensure you graduate ready to serve with confidence, courage and compassion.  

Situated on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers advantages you won’t find elsewhere .


  • 13 degrees in 9 health science disciplines 
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in various fields 
  • Diplomas and associate degrees for students who want to be working in healthcare in 1-2 years
  • 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio 
  • Average class size: 16
  • Individualized instruction 
  • Hands-on experience right away in clinical programs
  • Immersive, professional healthcare environment 
  • Flexible – Online, on-campus and hybrid programs, with full- or part-time options 
  • Affordable – Generous scholarships and financial aid packages; 95% of our students receive financial aid, with awards averaging nearly $14,000+ per year 
  • Quality education – 96.6% of graduates pass certification and licensure exams, exceeding state and national averages 
  • Jobs! 90+% of our graduates are working in healthcare within 6 months
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:  

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Preferred access to clinical experiences at Atrium Health
  • State-of-the-art campus and facilities
  • Forgivable loan for many programs
  • Pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health

Immersive Healthcare Environment

Individualized Attention

Unmatched Clinical Experience

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!

We’re on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

7:1 student-to-teacher ratio with an average class size of 16.

Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites.

Job placement assistance and a direct pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health and elsewhere.

Small College Perks. University Quality. Affordable.


of our students pass licensure and certification, far exceeding state and national averages.*


are working in healthcare within six months of graduation.*

*Based on 2021 college-wide data.

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