Surgical Technology Schools in New Hampshire

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health has a surgical technology program, along with nursing and nursing assistant programs. The surgical technology program is only offered at its Manchester, New Hampshire campus.

Concord Hospital

Concord Hospital has a surgical technology program certified by both the State of New Hampshire and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Concord Hospital’s surgical tech program takes four semesters, starting each September. However, the school limits the program to just 10 students per year. Great Bay Community college has a surgical technology program approved by the Association of Surgical Technologists or AST. Enrollment for this program starts in the spring of each year.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center had a school of surgical technology; it no longer offers surgical technician coursework but does offer hands on training as a clinical site.

License Requirements and Salary

New Hampshire’s Health and Safety Code, Title 4, Chapter 259 outlines its requirements for the certification and employment of surgical technologists. Surgical techs must earn a degree at an accredited program that is certified by either the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or National Center for Competency Testing, unless the individual was trained as a surgical technician by the armed forces.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting administer the national certification exam for surgical technologists. This exam is required of everyone seeking to enter the surgical technology field who was not already working in the profession before 2009. Anyone who completes a surgical technician diploma will be able to work in New Hampshire for up to six months before they are legally required to prove that they have passed the certifying exam.

The Association of Surgical Technologists requires certified surgical technologists to complete 60 continuing education hours every four years. This is separate from the continuing education requirements for the state of New Hampshire. Certified Surgical First Assistants or CSFA have to earn 75 continuing education hours every four years. However, New Hampshire itself does not mandate continuing education for surgical technicians.

Surgical technologists nationwide average $40,000 a year in pay. Surgical techs in New Hampshire average $41,000 a year. However, this is lower than the pay rate of surrounding states like New York, where average pay approaches $50,000 a year.

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