Becoming a Surgical Technologist

HealthcareJune 12, 2019

Often called a surgical tech, scrub tech, O.R. tech or operating room tech, surgical technologists play an important role in healthcare. These individuals work closely with doctors, nurses and patients in the operating room to ensure procedures go smoothly.

Responsibilities of a Surgical Technician

Surgical techs ensure surgery equipment is set up correctly and sterilized, prepare patients by washing and disinfecting incision areas, pass instruments to surgeons during operations, position patients on operating beds and transport them to and from operating rooms. Surgical techs also assist surgeons during operations by holding internal organs in place during procedures and handling samples taken for laboratory analysis.

Surgical technology can make an excellent career path for those who desire to work in an operating room without having to complete the more extensive education and training required of nurses and doctors.

Education Requirements for Surgical Technician

Formal education is required to become a surgical technologist. This includes obtaining a diploma, certification and an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Admission to a surgical technologist program typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Some of the courses surgical technology students are required to take include anatomy, biology, medical terminology and courses covering other medical topics. In addition, students must also work under supervised clinical settings to obtain hands-on training.

It is recommended that students attend a CAAHEP-approved program and pass the certifying exam. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) also offers a recognized certification. After completing an accredited surgical technologist program, surgical first assistant program or a military training program, students must pass the Certified Surgical Technologist exam.

Most people will require surgery at some point in their lives, so choosing a career as a surgical technologist is wise due to the expected rise in demand. Fortis Colleges & Institutes prepare surgical technology students to work under the supervision of surgeons and registered nurses. The program at many Fortis campus locations across the country. To learn more, please visit our site. 

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