Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Surgical Technology

How long does it take to become a surgical tech?

The BPCC Surgical Tech program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Do your graduates have any trouble finding employment after graduation? What kind of salaries are they making?

Our program has an excellent reputation in the community and our graduates have a high rate of employment (currently 100% within 6 months of graduation). The job market and salaries in the Shreveport-Bossier City area are very good. Starting salaries range from $28,000 to $32,640 base pay, excluding overtime and call pay.

More information on the job descriptions, job outlook and salaries for surgical technologists can be found on the Bureau of Labor StatisticsWill open new browser window or tab website.

Is the BPCC STEC Program Accredited? Why is that important?

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to have an excellent, fully accredited STEC Program. The STEC Program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), which is a requirement for graduates to be eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam. We encourage you to research the criteria for accreditation and view the most current list of accredited programs at open new browser window or tab

How soon can one begin working as a traveling surgical tech after school?

Travel companies who recruit surgical techs usually require 1 year of work experience as a Surgical Tech. Another common requirement to work as a traveling surgical tech is certification. Most healthcare travel agencies require you to be nationally certified simply due to the fact that more and more hospitals are requiring surgical techs to be nationally certified as a pre-employment requisite. BPCC’s STEC program is accredited which allows you to sit for the National Certification.

Do you need to complete a certain amount of cases to work as a traveling tech?

The TYPEs of cases you can scrub will probably be more important than the amount of cases you have scrubbed. Once you get a year of experience and are very proficient in a service or specialty that is in high demand for travelers, (high demand specialties include Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuro, and Eyes just to name a few), you may have the opportunity to work all over the country.

I want to pursue this degree. What do I need to do first?

  1. Contact a STEC advisor to answer any questions related to the Program and request a transcript review. While you are welcome to call, the most efficient way to correspond and receive responses is by email (
  2. Contact the admissions office of Bossier Parish Community College (318-678-6000) to request an application for admission to the college.PDF File There is an application fee that must be paid at the time of submission. Be sure to mark “STEC” on the application as your field of study so you will be assigned a surgical technology advisor.
  3. Ask for an Academic Bulletin/Schedule of Classes. The academic bulletin will contain information on new student orientation, tuition and fees, financial aid, student services and courses that will be offered. It includes the dates and times for registration.
  4. Request information on financial aid by visiting the Financial Aid Office, or by calling 318-678-6000. Be aware that if you do not qualify for financial aid, you may still request a deferment of fees, which allows you to pay tuition in installments rather than all at once.