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Surgical Technology
Associate of Occupational Science (AOS)

Train to become a vital member of a surgical team.

Surgical Technologists (also known as surgical techs, operating room technicians, and OR techs) assist in surgical operations, preparing operating rooms and helping surgeons, nurses, and doctors before and during surgical procedures.

The Surgical Technologist program at Nevada Career Institute is designed to instruct all phases of Surgical Technology to prepare students to begin working alongside surgeons, registered nurses and other medical professionals as part of the medical team providing care to patients during the crucial periods of surgery.

Graduates of this program earn their Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree and are qualified to work in surgical centers, delivery rooms, and medical clinics and may be employed as a member of an operating room team.

Thanks to advances in medical technology, surgery is safer, and more people are having operations to treat a number of illnesses and injuries. Also, the number of people with access to health insurance is projected to increase because of federal health insurance reform, which should lead to a greater need for surgical services, too. As a result, there is a growing demand for trained Surgical Technologists.

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Job Growth Outlook:

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. The Department of Labor projects the employment of Surgical Technologists will grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*

Surgical Technologists

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26*

Surgical Technologist
12%
Other health care support occupations
14%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2016:
107,700
Employment Change, 2016-26:
12,600
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
12%

Surgical Technologist Overview

Surgical Technologists, also called operating room technicians, prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and assist doctors during surgeries. Surgical Technologists are responsible for preparing the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, preparing patients for surgery, helping the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves, and preparing sterile solutions and medications used in surgery.

Once the operation is complete, Surgical Technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.

Surgical Technologists routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery.
  • Sterilizing equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
  • Readying patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
  • Helping surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
  • Counting supplies, such as sponges and instruments.
  • Maintaining a sterile environment.

CST Exam Passage Rates

*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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