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Surgical Technician Training Programs and Requirements

Surgical technician training programs teach skills used when assisting doctors, nurses and other personnel before, during and after surgical procedures. Students in these programs learn about the different surgical and clinical procedures.

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Essential Information

Surgical technician training programs help students learn how to effectively assist medical professionals, as well as the different kinds of medical terminology. These programs include certificate and associate's degree programs. Most students entering them hold some sort of certification or two-year degree in surgical technology. On-the-job training is a must for this type of program.


Certificate in Surgical Technician Training

A certificate in surgical technician training is a professional program that exposes students to different medical terms. They'll expand on their knowledge of clinical and surgical procedures. Certificate programs typically require students to have some sort of surgical technology training or formal education. Seminars and clinical practice might also be part of the curriculum at some schools. Course topics include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology

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Associate's Degrees in Surgical Technician Training

Completion of a two-year program in surgical technology typically results in an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.). The extensive curriculum in this program includes operating room labs as well as several courses in surgical procedures and surgical technology theories. Some of the course topics include:

  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology

Popular Career Options

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) offers the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) designation. One must have completed an accredited surgical technology program and pass an exam in order to become a CST. Continuing education requirements must be met every four years in order to maintain certification. Surgical technicians can also pursue the Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) credential from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Graduation from an accredited degree or certificate program is required to test for this certification.

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

As of May 2015, surgical technologists made a median annual wage of $44,330, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also states that employment in this career is expected to grow 15% from 2014-2024. This job growth is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Students with formal education in surgical technology may choose to pursue a surgical technician training program, such as a certificate in surgical technician training or an associate's degree in surgical technician training, and earn certification to become a surgical technologist.

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