Surgical Technologist

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$17.94-$34.08 (Mean $25.45)
*based on 2015 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Surgical Technologist

Professional Activities

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.

Educational Requirements

  • 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.”

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska Anchorage is in the process of developing a surgical technologist program with a proposed start date of fall 2017.

University of Alaska Anchorage
School of Allied Health
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-4346


National Contact:

Association of Surgical Technologists
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 200
Littleton, CO 80120-8031
Toll free: (800) 637-7433
Fax: (303) 694-9169

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