Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other personnel in delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery. This is a physically demanding job that requires standing for extended periods of time and the ability to perform under pressure in emergency situations. The technologist may be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights, odors and hazardous materials.
Some responsibilities of a surgical tech include preparation of the operating room, instruments, supplies and equipment prior to the surgical procedure. During the surgical procedure, the technologist passes instruments, supplies and sutures to the surgeon and surgical assistant. The surgical technologist must maintain a strong knowledge of human anatomy, allowing them to anticipate the needs of the surgeon in an ever-changing environment.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will have the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary to enter the profession of surgical technology. The specific goals are as follows:
- Work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other health professionals in providing direct or indirect patient care while demonstrating positive work ethic, professionalism and appropriate interpersonal skills in the surgical setting;
- Organize surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment in an efficient manner while utilizing principles of aseptic technique for physical preparation and maintenance of the surgical environment;
- Perform under pressure in stressful and emergency surgical situations;
- Demonstrate understanding of biomedical sciences, technology and the concepts, principles and skills of surgical technology as it applies to the patient focused events that occur in the operating room;
- View self as a contributing member to the discipline and a valuable participant in meeting health needs of the community; and
- Sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). The pre-surgical technology courses are to be completed before applying to the program but do not have to be taken in one semester.
Note: Pre-surgical technology courses may be attempted
a maximum of two times.
Erin Howardson, CST, MS
For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.