Surgical Technology

In an operating room, patients depend on the attentiveness and precision of a team of medical professionals. As a surgical technologist, you’ll prepare equipment, handle specimens, and ensure that all work areas are clean and ready for operations. This program prepares you to take the national certification exam in this exciting and high-demand field.

Accredited through the Accreditation Review Committee-Surgical Technology (6 W. Dry Creek Cir., Suite 210, Littleton, CO 80120; www.arcst.org) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 1-727-210-2350. www.caahep.org).

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

    Hourly Wage: $22.48

    Currently Employed: 653

    Projections:

    653 people are employed as Surgical Technologists. This number is expected to increase by 9.8% over the next four years.

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  • Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

    Hourly Wage: $17.95

    Currently Employed: 350

    Projections:

    350 people are employed as Surgical Assistants. This number is expected to increase by 16.57% over the next four years.

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