Program DescriptionThrough classroom study and clinical fieldwork in area hospitals, students learn surgical asepsis and the preparation and use of instrumentation and equipment. Students completing the program are eligible to take the certifying examination given by the Association of Surgical Technologists. Prospective SGT students should consult with the Admissions Office about the insurance, course sequence, and grade standards that must be maintained. Students must be eligible for all college level courses to be eligible for admission to the program. There is a maximum enrollment of 16 for each entering cohort. A new cohort is accepted every fall semester.
Job DescriptionA Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is a member of the surgical team who works with surgeons, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. Duties include passing instruments to the surgeon and assisting during surgery.Surgical Technologists are responsible for many important tasks assisting in the care of surgical patients, including:
- Working with surgeons, nurses, and other operating room personnel
- Understanding fundamentals steps and routine procedures in order to assist the surgeon
- Helping to ensure surgical procedures are performed efficiently and effectively
- Preparing operating rooms for surgery
- Maintaining equipment, rooms, and supplies
And many other important responsibilities
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
Surgical technologists may gain employment in a number of different settings. Some of these include:
- Hospital operating rooms
- Ambulatory surgery centers
- Organ procurement facilities
- Labor and delivery
- Veterinary clinics
Individuals who want to enter the field of surgical technology need manual dexterity because they must handle instruments quickly. A surgical technologist must have excellent critical thinking skills to be able to anticipate the needs of the patient and the surgical team. They must also be alert, conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable to handle the demands of surgeons. Surgical technologists need to have stamina and be able to work on their feet through out operations that may last several hours.Extensive knowledge of human anatomy is also essential.