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Play an important role in the operating room by becoming a Surgical Technologist.

A Surgical Technologist (ST) is an allied health professional that works as part of a team to deliver excellent surgical care.  A surgical technologist possess extensive knowledge and skill in aseptic technique.  The ST is the first person to arrive in the operating room (OR) and normally the last one to leave.  They are responsible for setting up the OR for surgery, preparing all necessary equipment and instrumentation.  During the procedure the surgical technologist is responsible for assisting the surgeon.  They will become experts at anticipating the needs of the surgeon to allow for a smooth and efficient surgery.

Application Deadline June 30.

Degree Earned

After completing this program, you will receive an Associates of Applied Science Degree and be eligible to take the National Certification Exam offered by NBSTSA.

What You’ll Learn

Our instructors will teach you about all aspects of the operating room, from learning instrumentation, proper protocol for sterilization and decontamination, safely positioning and prepping patients for surgical procedures, all while maintaining strict aseptic technique.  In addition, develop communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

A Surgical Technologist (ST) possess extensive knowledge and skill in aseptic technique.  The ST is the first person to arrive in the operating room (OR) and normally the last one to leave.  They are responsible for setting up the OR for surgery, preparing all necessary equipment and instrumentation.  During the procedure the surgical technologist is responsible for assisting the surgeon.  They will become experts at anticipating the needs of the surgeon to allow for a smooth and efficient surgery.

Employment Outlook:

12% increase in available jobs through 2024

Projected Pay:

The median wage for surgical technologists is $47,300.

As a Surgical Technology Student you will learn to…

  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of aseptic technique.
  • Discuss form and function of a variety of instruments used during surgery.
  • Recognize and apply various processes of sterilization and their parameters.
  • Properly and safely position the patient.
  • Perform a variety of surgical procedures and learn to anticipate the needs of the surgeon.
  • Recognize emergency situations and learn the properly way to handle each scenario.
  • Troubleshoot common issues in surgery and determine the correct way to solve the issue.
  • Perform a proper surgical scrub, gown and glove and how to set up for procedures.
  • Identify various suture materials, their function and when each is used.
  • Provide basic patient care, comfort and patient education.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of operating room procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and pathology.
  • Understand the importance of microbes and the effects they can have on a patient.
  • Support the profession’s code of ethics and comply with the profession’s standard of practice.

All students must complete the Non-Academic Standards prior to acceptance into the program.  The students must have:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and operating in low light situations.
  • Sufficient hearing to access patient needs and communicate verbally with other health care providers;
  • Sufficient verbal and written skills to communicate needs promptly and efficiently in English;
  • A reading comprehension level of ability comparable to formal education;
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly, manipulate equipment, lift a minimum of 50 pounds, and possess the ability to support 175 pounds and ensure patient safety;
  • The ability to work while standing, sometimes for hours; and
  • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to exercise independent judgment and discretion in safe technical performance of medical imaging procedures.

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