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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..”

Immersive Healthcare Environment

Individualized Attention

Unmatched Clinical Experience

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!

We’re on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

8:1 student-to-teacher ratio with an average class size of 19.

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.

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Quality Education You Can Afford

Cabarrus College is the least expensive private college in North Carolina, delivering unrivaled value in healthcare education. Our dedicated financial aid team works individually with each student to find every grant, every loan and every bit of institutional gift aid we can offer to keep your out-of-pocket costs low. In fact, our aid packages will have you wondering why you ever thought a private college education was out of reach. Options include:

  • Cabarrus Cares Scholarship – Covers up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for students from North Carolina who enroll full time directly from high school and demonstrate financial need 
  • NC Community College Partners Scholarship – Same benefits as Cabarrus Cares Scholarship for new students who enroll full time directly from Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College or Stanly Community College, have a community college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (from the last institution attended) and demonstrate need 
  • Merit scholarships – Based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores 
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship – For new transfer students who are members of the PTK national honor society 
  • Legacy Scholarships – For new or transfer students who are dependents (as determined by the FAFSA) of Cabarrus College alumni 
  • 1942 Club Scholarship – Need- and merit-based award for students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need
  • Atrium Health Teammate Dependent Scholarship – For full-time, dependent (as determined by the FAFSA) students whose parent/guardian is employed by Atrium Health 
  • Atrium Health Forgivable Loan  – $10,000 loan for associate degree students can be repaid/forgiven by working at Atrium Health 

Talk to our financial aid office for more information on these scholarships and other available aid.


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


are employed within six months of graduation.*

*Based on 2023 collegewide data.

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:


  • 18 degrees in 11 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
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • Individualized instruction
  • Hands-on experience right away in clinical programs
  • Immersive, professional healthcare environment
  • Flexible with online, on-campus and hybrid programs, with full- or part-time options
  • Affordable  Generous scholarships and financial aid packages; 88% of our students receive financial aid, with awards averaging nearly $16,000 per year
  • Quality education – 97% of graduates pass certification and licensure exams, exceeding state and national averages
  • Jobs! 96% of our graduates are employed 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