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Surgical Technologist Diploma Program Overview

As technology advances, the aging population escalates and more procedures are being done, the number of surgical tech jobs is projected to grow.* Get the surgical tech training to assist with surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel. Become a valuable member of an operating room (OR) team by performing tasks vital to a successful surgery.

As a surgical technologist, you may be responsible for essential duties before, during and after surgical procedures. Tasks include the preparation of the operating room and patients, organization and maintenance of instruments and equipment, cleaning of the operating room, and replenishment of supplies.

Surgical Technologist Training

The Surgical Technologist program provides training in the areas of:

  • Proper aseptic techniques for preventing and controlling infection.
  • Recognition of basic instrument sets (major, minor and plastic).
  • Ability to position patients with confidence and ease.
  • Knowledge of the general makeup of the mayo tray and back table.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a surgical team.

Surgical Technologist Diploma Courses

The surgical technology courses include:

  • Strategies for Health Care Professional Success
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Pharmacology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Surgical Technologist Certification Exam Review

Surgical Technologist Career Opportunities

Graduates may qualify for entry-level surgical tech job employment opportunities in hospital delivery or operating rooms, clinics, surgical centers, and physician or dentist offices that include outpatient surgery.

Upon successful completion of the entire course of study, students may be eligible to take the national surgical tech certification exam, by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Graduates who pass this exam earn the distinction of being able to work as a certified surgical technologist (CST). To sit for the certification exam, the student must be a graduate of either a Commission of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) or the Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) approved program. Program version may vary by campus.

Surgical Technologist Diploma Credential

Upon graduation, you'll receive a diploma in Surgical Technologist.

Programs and schedules vary by campus. Please refer to the school catalog available at the campus in your area for specific program information.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited April 10, 2013). Publish Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012. Your own hard work, professional attitude and demeanor, experience, and local market factors may impact personal employment opportunities.

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

  • For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Marietta Program Disclosures.
  • Completion rates for this program*:
  • The 2015 annual Accreditation Review Council on education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) report reflects a 40 percent pass rate as an Outcome Based Assessment for Everest Institute - Marietta's Surgical Technology Program, for students attending from 08/01/2014-07/31/2015, and taking the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administered Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.

* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.

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