Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up the sterile field with surgical instruments and equipment, drapes, medication, and supplies. Technologists also help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. During surgery, technologists anticipate the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments; holding retractors; preparing sutures; counting instruments, sponges, and sharps; and helping apply dressings. After surgery, surgical technologists assist with room turn-over procedures in order to prepare for the next patient. They also decontaminate and prepare surgical instruments for sterilization.
Graduates are prepared to function as an integral part of the team of medical practitioners that provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. They work under medical supervision to facilitate safe and effective surgical procedures. Duties of the surgical technologist may be performed in operating rooms, ambulatory surgical centers, central supply, labor and delivery area, cardiac catheterization laboratories, private physicians’ offices, organ procurement organizations, and other areas where invasive procedures are performed. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
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The program offers a hands-on lab space and equipment similar to an operating room.