Surgical Technician School – Richmond, VA

Richmond, Virginia, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, resides at the fall line of the James River and is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Virginia’s capital of commerce for hundreds of years, Richmond is recognized for its diverse collection of industries. Finance, medicine, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and technology services are all driving forces behind the city’s booming economy. Education is also an essential economic driver, with schools of higher education helping to prepare students for medical-related jobs at major hospitals and medical practices in the area. Richmond continually proves to be an attractive location for students who want to join the top companies hiring in these fields. 

Richmond Campus At a Glance

ECPI University's Richmond campus is surrounded by some of Virginia’s most historic monuments, eclectic art and entertainment. This means you can attend our surgical technology program and at the same time, be immersed in some of the most diverse and vibrant atmospheres Richmond has to offer.

The ECPI University campus is located at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia, 23294, not far from Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown and many other neighboring cities. This campus houses not just the surgical technology program, but many other health science and technology programs. You will never feel like a small fish in a big pond at ECPI University's Richmond campus, as you’ll be among other students studying fields such as medical assisting, health information management and more.

Nearly all ECPI University students in Richmond can tap into ongoing business relationships with nearby companies such as Bon Secours, HCA Healthcare, and more. These companies work with ECPI University to hire students and provide valuable new information to shape the curriculum in surgical technology. A list of companies that work with ECPI University can be found here.

What You Can Expect

At ECPI University, you can receive a comprehensive education that is designed to develop well-rounded healthcare professionals. Using industry-standard health technology and simulation equipment, we strive to create a real-world experience where you can learn and grow, both in the classroom and clinical environments. ECPI University has forged strong relationships with healthcare providers that offer clinical rotations that can reinforce learning and prepare you for your first job.

Through a year-round schedule at ECPI University’s College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Surgical Technology in as little as 1.5 years. A crucial objective of the Surgical Technology Degree program is to prepare graduates for the Certified Surgical Technologist qualifying exam.

With faster time to graduation, our accelerated degree programs often bring students from Hampton and Williamsburg as well as Yorktown, Gloucester, Poquoson, and beyond.

The Importance of Surgical Technicians

Surgical Technicians are key players within the operating room. Equipped with the knowledge and skill to assist with basic and advanced surgical procedures, they are among the vital contributors of the operating room team and invaluable members of the healthcare field. Inside operating rooms, surgical centers, doctor offices or healthcare facilities, there is little margin for error which is why skilled surgical technicians are crucial and in demand. They create and maintain sterile work environments.  It is also the responsibility of the Surgical Technologist to ensure correct equipment and instruments are precise and readily available to a team of doctors and nurses during medical procedures.

By certifying instruments and equipment are sterile, accurate and set in place, a surgical technician sets the tone for a successful procedure by providing the medical team of doctors and nurses with a safe and well-planned environment in which to perform.  The surgical technician also takes care of draping patients, handing instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons, maneuvering lighting, machines and diagnostic equipment used during procedures. Additionally, the surgical technician protects the medical facility and patient not only by ensuring a sterile environment, but by keeping precise track of all equipment and supplies used to limit any possibility of error thus keeping the patient, team, and facility out of harm’s way as well as keeping potential legal matters at bay. 

From Student to Graduate - Build a Career & Connection in Richmond

ECPI University supports local charities and organizations through volunteerism, fundraisers, and exciting events. ECPI University students, staff members and faculty all contribute to these causes, forging strong connections between school and community.

Local Education, Local Employment

Richmond has demonstrated itself a focal point in healthcare. In fact, two of Richmond’s hospitals are ranked among the best in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report with VCU Medical Center as #5 in Virginia and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hosptial as #6 in Virginia. Source: (

The health and wellness among thousands rely on experienced staff in surgical technology and Richmond is a great place for graduates to start. Local opportunities to place surgical technicians in the field are abundant:

  • Bon Secours Health System
  • VCU Medical Center Hospital
  • CJW Medical Center
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Community Memorial Health Center
  • Titan Medical
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

ECPI University in the Community

Students are highly-involved in various campus activities. They raise money for charity, participate in unique learning exercises, and always manage to make it fun for everyone involved. Here are some of the clubs and organizations you can join at the Richmond campus:

  • ACTOUT Peer Mentoring
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Humanities Club
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Networking Club
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Web Club

Students, faculty, and staff are also very active in the community, supporting causes and organizations such as: the American Red Cross, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Children’s Miracle Network, FeedMore Food Bank, Goodwill, Richmond Fisher House, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Virginia Blood Services.

A Rich and Vast History

Richmond, VA is deeply rooted in America’s rich and vital history. After all, it is the capital of Virginia, and one of America’s oldest and most influential cities. Most famously, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for almost the entirety of the Civil War. To further uncover just how historic Richmond is, U.S. Founding Father, Patrick Henry bravely stated, “Give me liberty or give me death!” in 1775 at St. John's Church at Richmond’s very own East Broad Street. Not far from this historic sight stands the Edgar Allen Poe museum, a building that commemorates the poet’s time spent living in Richmond. Additionally, Richmond is home to the notable Virginia State Capitol, which accommodates the oldest elected legislative body in America, the Virginia General Assembly, initially the House of Burgesses in 1619. This historic region continues to thrive in the healthcare landscape and employs the most exceptional medical personnel while improving the overall health and lives of the Richmond community.

Local employers seeking skilled surgical technicians include healthcare companies large and small, like VCU Medical Center, Bon Secours, HCA Healthcare, UnitedSurgical, Soiliant Health, and others. Hospitals, doctor offices, dental practices, delivery rooms, outpatient centers, and other major institutions in the Richmond area are always on the lookout for qualified, well-educated surgical technology professionals.

Contact ECPI University Richmond

To learn how the combination of Richmond, ECPI University, and an accelerated degree program in Surgical Technology could best fit your needs, contact ECPI University at our Richmond campus today. You can call, toll-free, 844.611.0556 or request additional information online. The Surgical Technician program could be the beginning of a great career right here at home.

2809 Emerywood Pkwy Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia, 23294
Phone: 804.417.4742
Toll Free: 844.611.0590
Fax: 804.417.4742