Surgical Technologist

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About the Career

Surgical technologists are highly skilled, trained professionals who are essential members of the operating room team. They work in cooperation with surgeons and registered nurses to deliver safe, direct patient care during all phases of surgery. Surgical technologists prepare and sterilize instruments and supplies, set up the surgical case, ensure sterility throughout the procedure, and assist the surgeon with the actual surgery. Their skills include speed, dexterity and the ability to anticipate the surgeon’s movements as well as strict adherence to principles of sterile technique. Surgical technologists must provide quality, safe patient care and be knowledgeable about high tech equipment. For example, they work with lasers, microscopes, cameras, laparoscopes, and robotics. Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, especially in operating and delivery rooms. Others are employed in clinics, surgery centers, and in the offices of physicians and dentists who perform outpatient surgery. A few, known as private scrubs, are employed directly by surgeons who have special surgical teams. Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as the volume of surgeries increases due to the aging population.

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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technologists work in cooperation with surgeons and other healthcare professionals to deliver safe, direct patient care during all phases of surgery.

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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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