Surgical technology is an area of healthcare involving the use of instruments to treat bodily injuries, disease and other disorders. Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical team, working with surgeons, nurses and other personnel before, during and after an operation.
Surgical Technologists must handle the demands of working in an operating room environment, using strong hand-eye coordination skills at all times. Job responsibilities include:
- Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
- Communicate and confirm actions with a team environment at all times.
- Count sponges, needles, and instruments before, during and after an operation.
- Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and take action to perform tasks as directed by a surgeon or surgeons during an operation.
- Prepare patients for surgery with team members, including bringing the patient into the operating room with the nurse and positioning patients on the operating table.
- Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
- Wash and sterilize equipment, using bacteriostatic agents, instrument washers and sterilizers.
- Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team member's needs.
- Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
- Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a physician preference card.
- Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor cameras, light cords, printers, monitors, cautery, scopes, computers, robots, instruments, medications to ensure proper functioning prior to use in surgery.
- Maintain a calm, collected composure during a high level of stress.
Most Surgical Technologists are employed by hospitals, and others find employment in clinics, surgical centers, and industry.
With additional training, you can expand your role and advance to Certified Surgical Technologist First Assistant. First Assistants function under the direction of the surgeon, and will help with sponging, suturing, retracting and closing wounds during surgery.
Degrees & Certificates
- Associate in Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology
- Certificate of Completion in Surgical Technology
- Certificate of Completion in Surgical Technology for the Operating Room Nurse
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Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.
GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
GateWay's program was recognized as a leader in student preparation and examination success for the 2012-2013 academic year by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
Program Accrediting Body Contact Information
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
Fax: (303) 741-3655