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What is a Surgical Technician?

What Is A Surgical Technician?
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As we discussed in our last blog, Surgical Technicians are allied healthcare professionals who function as part of a surgical team. Surgical Technicians can be employed by hospitals, privately-owned surgical centers, insurance companies, the government, or other health-related institutions.

Surgical technicians work under licensed medical professionals, but only after they have earned an AOS degree from an accredited medical careers college. This advance training typically takes sixteen to twenty-four months, to complete, and includes the successful conclusion of didactic studies, labs, and clinical rotations. Course topics include:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Body structure
  • Legal aspects of healthcare management
  • Surgical specialties
  • Microbiology

Surgical technicians, or “scrub techs,” are among the most valuable members of a surgical team. These professionals are present before, during, and after all surgical procedures. They are responsible for ensuring that the operating room and tools are sterilized and that all equipment is functional. They assist other medical professional in donning their masks, gloves, and gowns. They also transport patients to and from their rooms; position them on the operating table; and monitor their vital signs throughout the entire procedure.

Once the procedure begins, surgical technicians are tasked with anticipating the surgeons’ needs and are in charge of handing tools to the surgeons. In some cases, surgical technicians will even close incisions. When the procedure has concluded, surgical technicians are responsible for sanitizing the operating theater and preparing the area for use by the next patient and surgical team.

According the to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technicians–who have earned an AOS degree from an accreditedmedical careers college–will be in high demand by healthcare providers through 2024.

Since 1986, Valley College of Medical Careers has been a leader in surgical technology training. To learn more about enrolling in programs, financial aid, government grants, GI Bill acceptance, or other enrollment requirements, please call 818-883-9002.

Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash

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