Surgical Technology

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing care to patients in a variety of surgical settings. The individual works under the direction of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room is safe, that the equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They are often referred to as operating room technicians.

What job duties do surgical technologists perform?

  • Prepare the operating room for surgery
    • Select and open sterile supplies
    • Check non-sterile equipment like sterilizers, lights, suction machines, electrosurgical units and diagnostic equipment
  • Ready the patient for surgery such as providing the patient emotional support, checking charts, observing vital signs, positioning patients, connecting and applying surgical equipment and preparing incision sites
  • Assist the surgeon during surgery by passing sterile supplies and instruments, holding instruments, and handling specimens
  • Count supplies, such as sponges and instruments
  • Maintain sterile environment
  • Assist after operation is complete by applying dressings to incision site and transferring patients

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
    Principles of Human Structure & Function (lab)
    Medical Terminology
    Principles of Surgery I
    Principles of Surgery I Lab
    Surgical Pharmacology
    Human Diseases
    Principles of Microbiology (lab)
    Surgical Pathophysiology
    Principles of Surgery II
    Principles of Surgery II Lab
    College Composition
    Math for Allied Health
    Surgical Clinical Practicum I
    Surgical Clinical Practicum I Seminar
    Psychological Aspects of Therapy
    Sociology Elective
    Surgical Specialties I
    Surgical Specialties I Lab
    Surgical Clinical Practicum II
    Surgical Clinical Practicum II Seminar
    Ethics
    Surgical Specialties II
    Surgical Specialties II Lab
    Surgical Clinical Practicum III
    Surgical Clinical Practicum III Seminar
    Surgical Specialties Capstone

TOTAL CREDITS 63

  • Associate of applied science in surgical technology
  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Surgical technologists are on their feet most of the day.  They may need to help move patients or lift heavy trays of medical supplies.  There may be exposure to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights or odors.
  • Most work full-time and are on call during nights, weekends, and holidays. Surgical technologists may work longer than eight hour shifts.