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Surgical Technician Programs

Simply put: Surgical technicians assist physicians during surgery. As a surgical technician, you may work with patients to explain the procedure to them, as well as prepare them for the operation by washing or shaving the surgical site, disinfecting the incision area(s), and transporting the patient to the operating room. You may also sterilize and prepare the surgical equipment needed for each part of the procedure. As a technician, you may also play a key role during the operation. The surgeon may call upon you to provide instruments, prepare fresh supplies, dispose of used supplies, and much more.

Course Requirements for Surgical Technicians

In examining surgical technology as a career, a prospective student must consider the requirements for entrance and the coursework involved in pursuing a certificate or an associate's degree. Although coursework may vary slightly from school to school, general coursework is the same throughout every program and certain prerequisites must be met in order to graduate.

In all cases a student must be a high school graduate to enroll in a surgical technician education program. Training may be obtained at:

  • Vocational school
  • Community college through a two-year degree
  • In a hospital

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