The surgical technologist assists in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses or other surgical personnel. Prior to each operation, the technologist positions surgical instruments and equipment, and ensures proper functioning. The technologist also aids patients by preparing incision sites, transporting patients to surgery, positioning and covering them with sterile drapes, and observing vital signs. During surgical procedures, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to the surgeons and surgical team members, and may assist during procedures. They prepare specimens for laboratory analysis, apply dressings and transfer patients to post-anesthesia care. The surgical technology certificate program provides a foundation for possible transition into other health care careers such as Certified First Assist (CFA) and Surgical Nurse.
Certificates of Achievement:
Professional Certification Opportunities:
- Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) — Graduates are eligible to take this national certification exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).