Surgical Technician

Surgical Technician

A Surgical Technologist is a Healthcare professional that has advanced knowledge and skills pertaining to sterile and aseptic techniques. Their main priority is to try to anticipate which tool(s) the surgeon is going to need next in order to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible. In addition, they perform basic tasks such as checking patients' medical charts and consent forms, preparing sterile dressings, and closing incisions.

ST Course Curriculum

Surgical Technicians tend to work in hospital delivery and/or operating rooms under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurse (RN), or other surgical staff.
Their main duty is to maximize the patient’s safety by ensuring that equipment is sterilized and functioning properly. They handle instruments, tools, scrubs, antiseptics, medications, as well as various other supplies and equipment that may be necessary during surgical procedures, such as:

Appropriate handling of the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during surgical procedure.

Obtain an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon.

Knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure by properly performing the following duties, including but not limited to:

1. Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure

2. Scrubs, gowns, and gloves

3. Sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure

4. Performs appropriate counts with circulator prior to the operation and before incision is closed

5. Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants

6. Helps in draping sterile field

7. Passes instruments, etc., to surgeon during procedure

8. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure

9. Prepares sterile dressings

10. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization

11. Assists other members of team with terminal cleaning of room

12. Assists in prepping room for the next patient

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Program Prerequisites*
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Medical Laboratory Assistant program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.

ADDIITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Phlebotomy or EKG knowledge and training is an additional prerequisite to the Surgical Technician program.

*You may still meet the Pre-requisites for Program Participation if you are a current or past Healthcare professional, whether or not your profession is listed above irrespective of the amount of time that has passed since you were last in the medical field. In addition, consideration is given for medical work experience and schooling that meets certain criteria, regardless of whether or not it is healthcare-related.  More information about other ways to quailfy can be found on the Qualification web page.

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