Surgical Technology/Technologist (2 Yr Associate)
A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and surgical nurses, to maintain, monitor, and enforce the sterile field and adherence to aseptic technique by preoperative, surgical team, and postoperative personnel. Includes instruction in instrument and equipment sterilization and handling, surgical supplies management, wound exposure and closure, surgical computer and robot operation and monitoring, maintenance of hemostasis, and patient and team scrubbing.
Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree. Certification also can help a surgical technologist find a position. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists.