Discover - for college and beyond. Learn More

Surgical Technologist

Provided by

Surgical Technologist

A surgical technologist, also called "scrub tech," "surgical technician," or "operating room technician", is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care in some countries. They possess knowledge and skills in sterile and aseptic techniques. There are few mandatory professional requirements for surgical technologists, and the scope of practice varies widely across countries and jurisdictions. Surgical technologist attend junior colleges and technical schools, and many are trained in military training schools. In the military they perform the duties of both the circulator and the scrub. The bulk of training is done in the operating room, and they are trained by giving them progressively more difficult surgical cases to scrub, until they are able to scrub all types of surgical procedures, this can take a few years. The goal is for surgical technologist to be able to anticipate the next move the surgeon is going to make in order to make the procedure as smooth and efficient as possible.

In the United States, surgical technologists are unlicensed assistive personnel who work under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurse (RN), or other surgical personnel (such as a more senior Technologists), to help ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They handle the instruments, scrubs, medications, and other supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They perform basic tasks such as checking patients' medical charts and consent forms, preparing sterile dressings, and closing incisions. Surgical Technologists also train other OR personnel such as new technologists and new circulating RNs.

In Mozambique, they provide advanced surgical services, often working autonomously in the absence of a physician. In other countries, professions with similar titles include 'Clinical officers', 'Clinical associates', or 'Assistant Medical Officers', but which can mean different things subject to local circumstances.

* Description provided by Wikipedia under CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. More

Matching Surgical Technologist Colleges

Name
Virginia College-Birmingham
Four or more years; Private for profit; $13,627 average out-state tuition; $13,627 average in-state tuition
American Career College-Los Angeles
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
American Career College-Anaheim
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
Richmond School of Health and Technology
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
Career Technical College-Monroe
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $8,532 average out-state tuition; $8,532 average in-state tuition
American Career College-Ontario
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit
Niagara County Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $7,248 average out-state tuition; $3,624 average in-state tuition

Surgical Technologist Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Musgrave Foundation Scholarship $1000 November 01, 2014
DXC Awards - Barrett Award $1000 September 15, 2014
DXC Awards - Ron Jenkins Award $1000 October 01, 2014
Steven & Lola Kaider Health Care Scholarship $7000 October 03, 2014
Amy Hunter-Wilson, M.D. Scholarship $1000 February 01, 2015
Leah Hillesheim Scholarship $1000 March 31, 2015
Fairview Lakes Regional Auxiliary Lovelights Scholarship $1000 March 31, 2015
Donald Ferguson Scholarship $1000 March 31, 2015
DXC Awards - Jerome B. Cohen Award $1000 June 01, 2015
Dr. Lehman W. Spry, Jr., DDS Scholarship $1800 November 15, 2014