Surgical technologists handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. They may assist surgeons by retracting of tissues, cutting sutures and operating special surgical equipment.
Surgical technologists have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and are constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
They must work with speed, accuracy, skill and concentration. They also must work well under pressure, be able to stand for long periods of time and respond effectively and efficiently to emergency situations.
Surgical technologists work alongside surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgery team members. They handle the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They ensure quality patient care during the procedure and are on constant vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
Surgical technologists are certified following successful completion of an accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Attributes of Successful Surgical Technologists
- Work quickly and accurately with great commitment to detail
- Ability to prioritize when in stressful and emergent situations
- Stable temperament
- Good manual dexterity, good vision and hearing
Instruction is provided in a classroom and lab setting, as well as clinical rotations at area hospitals and surgery centers. Due to the requirements of the clinical component of the program, and our clinical affiliations, enrollment is limited to 8 students each year. A new class of Surgical Technology students begins each year in January.