Surgical Technology Training You Need For The Future You Want
The Surgical Technology program at Career Colleges of America (CCA ) will enable students to perform duties before, during, and after surgical procedures. This program is designed to guide students through all facets of the field of surgical technology; including prepping the operating room and patient, sterilizing instrumentation, ensuring the operating room equipment is in working order, as well as creating and maintaining a sterile work environment before and during the surgical procedure. Students attending a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program at our South Gate and San Bernardino campuses are eligible to take the NBSTSA National Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.
What Does A Surgical Technician Do?
Surgical Technologists play a crucial role in assisting with surgical operations under the supervision of healthcare personnel.Surgical Technologists are responsible for assisting before, during, and after surgery. They are responsible for preparing the operating room for the patient according to the procedure, or as requested, and for passing instrumentation to the surgeon during the surgery. During this time surgical technologists prepare patients for surgery, transport them to the operating room, position them on the operating table, and drape patients. During operations, the surgical technologist will hold and pass instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons, and assist with the operating process by holding retractors, cutting sutures, counting sponges, needles and supplies. thesurgical technologist will operate lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment used during procedures, to ensure the sterile field is maintained and a safe environment is provided for the patient. Surgical technologists perform a surgical scrub,self-gown and glove, gown and glove the sterile team members (both surgeon and assistants), maintain the sterile field and instrumentation, manage the operating room supplies, and are knowledgeable about the various surgical procedures they participate in. A surgical technologist must have the ability to identify the various medications used during the procedure accurately, and must be able to prepare for and clean-up at the end of the procedure. A Surgical Technologist must be quick, orderly, accurate, and possess manual dexterity. Additionally, a Surgical Technologist must remain alert during the procedure, which involves standing for long periods of time and anticipating the needs of the sterile team as the procedure progresses.
Obtaining a certification as a Surgical Technologist demonstrates the individual has met the national standard for knowledge that underlies Surgical Technologist practice. Certified individuals possess a mastery of a broad range of skills related to surgical procedures, patient care and aseptic technique. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administers the Surgical Technology certification exam. Certification is available to individuals who have earned a diploma from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) – an accredited Surgical Technology program. A Certified Surgical Technologist(CST) is an individual who has passed the CST examination and is authorized to use the title of CST as long as he or she maintains current certification.
Surgical technology is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. To view statistical information about the profession, including a map of the average hourly pay rate of AST members by state, click on
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