At a Glance
Years in School (after high school graduation):
2 years or less
$17.94-$34.08 (Mean $25.45)
*based on 2015 Alaska DOL data
One-page Description (PDF):
Surgical technologists make sure the operating room is ready by gathering sterile
supplies and checking equipment. They assist patients
with completing documentation, place the patient for surgery and apply equipment to prepare for incisions. Most importantly, they ensure that the operating environment is as sterile as possible.
During surgery they may pass instruments and keep close count of supplies used, to ensure that sterile equipment is always available and used items are properly disposed of. Surgical technologists with advanced training may assist with the surgery directly, performing basic tasks under the direction of the surgeon.
After surgery they monitor patients and prepare the operating room for the next patient.
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, primarily in operating and delivery rooms. Some are found in medical or dental offices where outpatient surgery is performed.
- Graduation from high school or a GED.
- Graduation from a training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A program that leads to an associates degree is preferred.
- Surgical technologists who pass the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam earn the title of “Certified Surgical Technologist.”
The University of Alaska Anchorage is in the process of developing a surgical technologist program with a proposed start date of fall 2017.
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