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Becoming a surgical tech starts with getting formal training and education in an accredited surgical tech degree program. Most surgical technician programs last between 9 to 12 months and will prepare you for surgical tech certification. It is best to start by requesting information from schools and learn about the specifics of each program to determine which one is most aligned with your specific career goals and your scheduling needs. Take the first step and find surgical tech schools now.



Surgical Tech Job Description

Surgical tech's, sometimes referred to as "scrubs" assist during surgical procedures and are an integral part of the team during a variety of operations. The following are some of the job duties expected of a surgical tech:

  • Preparation for the operation setting up equipment such as drapes, sterile solutions, scalpels, and other tools that will be used for the specific procedure.
  • Testing of equipment to ensure all is in working order so there will be no surprises that will interrupt the procedure.
  • Preparation of patients including disinfecting, shaving, and preparing the area of the body that will be operated on
  • During the procedure, surgical tech's monitor vital signs and assist the team with sterile garments, gowns, and gloves.
  • Passing instruments as instructed by surgeons and surgical assistants.
  • Assist with retractors, sutures, needles, sponges, and a variety of supplies used during procedures
  • Adjust lighting, diagnostic equipment, and suction machines.
  • Post operation procedures include transporting patients to recovery areas, cleaning and disposing of materials, restocking, and resterilizing the operating room.

What is a circulating technologist?students performing procedure at surgical tech school

This is the person on the surgery team who interviews the patient before the procedure and prepares them for operation. They assist with anesthesia, obtains sterile equipment to be opened and handled by the rest of team who are designated as "sterile". They keep a documented account of the procedure and assists the surgeon with any questions about the specific patient information during the surgery.

Would I be a good fit as a surgical tech?

Surgical tech's must be alert and responsive to the needs of the surgeon during procedures as every second is important. Accuracy and efficiency are key characteristics that are necessary for those seeking positions as surgical tech's. Anyone who is disturbed by the appearance of blood or witnessing a surgical procedure should consider pursuing a different role among the allied health professions that do not involve physically graphic situations. Being a surgical tech is not for the "faint of heart" or for those who are not quick on their feet and detailed oriented. However, those that enjoy a fast paced work environment and high pressure environments stimulating will find the job of a surgical tech highly stimulating and rewarding.

 



Surgical Tech Certification

Most employers seek out individuals who have completed certification through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and become designated as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and become designated as a Tech in Surgery - Certified (TS-C).

Becoming a Certified First Assistant Surgical Tech

Some surgical tech's go on to get an advanced certification through the NBSTSA and become a Certified First Assistant (CFA). The American College of Surgeons states that a surgical first assistant provides assistance in exposure, controlling blood flow (hemostasis), and additional technical duties to help the surgeon carry out a safe procedure. Getting started with the initial CST or TS-C certification is highly recommended as it will make you a more desirable job applicant and will ensure a higher salary than those not certified.

 



Surgical Tech Salary

Surgical Tech Salary Low Median High
Surgical Tech $32,490 $46,910 $54,300+

*data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Surgical Tech salary can vary greatly depending upon your level of certification, experience, geographic region, and the type of facility you work in. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working in specialty positions such as with plastic surgeons were among the highest paid followed by other outpatient centers and hospitals. Those who are designated as First Assistants make more than those who have lower level certifications or who are not certified.



Surgical Tech Degree Requirements

In order to be eligible for certification, you will need to earn an associates degree or certificate through hospital training, long term experience, or by completing an accredited surgical tech degree program. You will need to enroll in a program that is CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education) or ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools) accredited. Most surgical tech degree programs take between nine months to two years to complete and should prepare you for the certification exam.

Surgical Tech Schools

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Surgical Technologist

• Originally founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy, it is one of the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institutions in the country.
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Surgical Technology

Medical Career Institute in Ocean, NJ is your one-stop-shop for medical career training in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Medical Career Institute is approved by the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Departments of Education and Labor and Workforce Development. Offering both morning and evening classes in addition to financial aid assistance to those who qualify. The school is accredited by ABHES and CAAHEP, ensuring the quality and level of education meets the highest standards.

 

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Berkeley College , Little Falls
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2018 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
  • Over $45 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2017-2018 award year.
  • 7,000+ students, including more than 350 international students representing over 50 countries
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Central Service Instrument Technician
  • Features career programs in surgical technology, professional fitness trainer, vocational nursing, and an associate of science program in health administration.
  • Offers career assistance and advising services to students and graduates.
  • Campus is close to many attractions in Glendale, California, including the Los Angeles Zoo, Universal Studios, Alex Theater, and downtown Los Angeles.
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  • Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enables graduates to use their skills for entry-level careers.
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Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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Diploma - Surgical Technology

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.

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Surgical Technology
  • Offers career-focused programs in allied health, business, and computer technology, and more.
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Surgical Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Committed to excellence in education since 1897 with a rich history of helping students find successful careers.
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Associate of Occupational Science in Surgical Technology
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
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Surgical Technology, AAS

Sullivan University is Kentucky's largest private college or university, offering higher education for people with higher goals. At Sullivan University, we focus on in-demand programs that lead to successful careers. Whether you're a high school student considering college for the first time, an adult returning to school or someone seeking professional development, you'll be surprised at the variety and range of alternatives Sullivan University offers. 

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  • Offers program in business, criminal justice, healthcare and more. 
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Fortis Institute , Orange Park

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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