Surgery Tech Bachelors Program Information

Surgical technologists work in operating rooms under the supervision of registered nurses or surgeons. Technologists help set up the operating room, ensuring that the proper instruments are in place and that the room and equipment are sterile.

Essential Information

This degree program can be taken on campus or online in some cases. Many programs are designed for students who hold associate's degrees and are working in the field. Students concentrate their studies on surgical technology, health issues and human diseases. Courses may cover healthcare ethics, epidemiology and regional health issues. Field experience in a healthcare facility is required, and students may have to complete a capstone project.

  • Prerequisites: Associate's degree in surgical technology; minimum GPA requirement; some schools require a background check.
  • Online Availability: Online classes are available.
  • Other Requirements: Field experience is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Surgery Technology

This degree program focuses on human illness and disease. Students learn to understand the ethical issues in surgical technology. Focus is on healthcare organizations and administration. Coursework may include:

  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Human diseases
  • Health principles
  • Ethics in health care
  • Health behavior theories
  • Planning and evaluating health promotion

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Job prospects are best for surgical technologists who are certified. Employment for this profession is expected to grow by 30% between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). In May 2014, surgical technologists made an average salary of $45,010 per year, as reported by the BLS.

Continuing Education

Although certification is not required, a surgical tech can obtain voluntary certification through the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST), giving the surgical tech the designation of certified surgical technician (CST). To maintain certification, a surgical tech must earn 60 hours of continuing education credit every four years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).

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