Surgical Technologist

Program Fees and Financial Assistance

The fee for the Surgical Technologist program is $9,750. This cost includes tuition, books, and supplies.

Additional Costs

Please be aware that in addition to the $9,750 program fee, students are also expected to pay:

  • $60 background check
  • $45 drug test
  • $75 CPR certification
  • Variable fees for immunizations
  • $15 processing fee
  • ~$30 supplemental liability insurance*
  • $50 Trajecsys^

The additional costs are for admitted students only and cannot be covered by Financial Aid. In addition, these costs are estimates only, and may be subject to change year to year.

Some students may also be required to be fit-tested for N-95 masks before going to their clinical rotations. The fees can range from $70-$245 per student.

*OHA guidelines require that all healthcare students purchase a supplemental liability insurance policy before starting their clinical rotation and that is valid for the duration of the rotation. The Association of Surgical Technology (AST) has a relationship with CM&F, which offers a discounted rate for students, starting at $30/ year. Students are welcome to purchase a policy of their choice from another company, but the policy needs to cover the student for at least $1,000,000.

^A reporting system that is used to track the total number of cases and hours the student has completed and logged in real-time. It allows students to easily communicate with preceptors or the clinical coordinator, and vice versa.

Once you’re accepted into the program, there are three options for how to pay for this program cost:

Option 1: Pay Up Front

You may choose to pay for the full cost of the program up front. Payment is due by the date of program orientation.

Option 2: Make Payments

You may also choose to file a payment plan with the Surgical Technologist Department. If you file a deferred note contract with the Surgical Technologist Department, payment is broken down in the following way:

  • $400 deposit must be paid by the orientation date
  • The remaining three payments of $3,116.67 must be paid by the respective term due dates

The Surgical Technologist Department offers the payment plan to all admitted students if they choose to participate.

Option 3: Apply for Financial Aid

The Surgical Technologist program is CAAHEP accredited and is eligible for Federal Financial Aid. In order to qualify, students must meet regular financial aid criteria. This means that they must:

  • File for FAFSA for the applicable school year
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted to LBCC
  • NOT be in default or owe repayment of any grant

In addition, students who wish to pay for the program using financial aid must pay a non-refundable $400 deposit before the program starts. Financial aid cannot be used to pay for this deposit, but this money will eventually come back to students as financial aid distributes.

Limitations, Cancellations and Continuations of Financial Aid

Financial aid pays in one installment per term, distributed during the second week of term. Continued support from financial aid depends upon passing grades in all classes (C average or better).

If a student chooses to withdraw from the program after its start date, or if the student fails from the program, the student is still responsible for the entire cost of the program.

If students receive money from Financial Aid and then decide to drop out of the program, they may be subject to Title IV return calculation and may need to repay aid.

All financial aid for short term training is based on passing grades: that is, C averages or better. If a student does not receive passing grades in their classes, then they may lose access to financial aid.

Financial aid cannot be used to pay the $400 program deposit.

The surgical technologist program is a terminal program. If students receive money from Financial Aid to pay for this program, Financial Aid's expectation is that the student will enter the workforce in a relevant field for 2-3 years before they apply for additional aid.

For example, a student who takes the Surgical Technologist program must work as a surgical technologist for 2-3 years after graduation before applying for financial aid for the training they plan to take in Medical Assisting. Financial Aid may not award them grants or loans if they apply for the Medical Assisting training before they complete two years working as a surgical technologist.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of scholarship opportunities available for students at LBCC looking to go into a healthcare field. Browse through the following databases to find the right options for you:

Contact the Financial Aid office at 541-917-4850 or if you have any questions.