Surgical Technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing
surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a
surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures,
ensuring that the operating room is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that
the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile
and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures
and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance
of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
- Associate in Applied Science - Surgical Technology (64/65 hours)
- Surgical Technologist with their AAS Degree will have the same job responsibilities
in the OR in the scrub role. Job opportunities are expanded into different roles.
With the Degree you coul d manage a Sterile Processing Department, go into medical
device sales or even teach in a Surgical Technology Program. The AAS Degree in Surgical
Technology is rapidly becoming the preferred entry level for employers.
- Diploma - Surgical Technology (48 hours)
- Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology Diploma the student will have
the necessary skills to enter the operating room. The surgical technologist handles
the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.
He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs
of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient
care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of
the sterile field.
- Certificate - Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (30 hours)
- Prepares students to perform all aspects of sterile processing functions and distribution
of basic surgical instruments.
Employment opportunities for credentialed CRCST's, CST's, and CST/CFAs are in such
areas as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, central supply departments, physician
clinics and dental offices. Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow
19 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations,
as the volume of surgeries increases. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary surgical
technologists were $39,920 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,490
and $46,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,100, and the top 10 percent
earned more than $57,330.
For details, please visit this link http://www.bls.gov/oco/
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