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Surgical technicians play a vital role in assisting surgeons in the operating room. These professionals are responsible for preparing the patient and the operating area so the surgeon has the best possible chance of achieving the desired outcome. They must stay on their feet for hours at a time and keep themselves completely focused. Most surgical technologists have earned some type of postsecondary degree or certificate before entering their career.

Surgical Tech Schools in Florida

Most surgical technologists earn an associate degree or postsecondary certification in order to prepare for the job. Below we've outlined five surgical technician schools in Florida. Consider what each has to offer but also which would make the most sense for your current situation and your goals as a surgical technician.

  • Cape Coral Technical College: Before graduating, students must complete 1330 hours (roughly one calendar year) of coursework that takes place in classrooms and through clinical rotations. Prior to enrollment, interested parties need to meet with the admissions office and meet certain educational prerequisites.

  • College of Central Florida: Class work is very informal, but students are challenged through skill lab tests, mock surgeries, computerized testing and oral testing.

  • Daytona State Technical College: This program takes 10 ½ months to get through. Much of this course happens "in the field" and students are prepared to take on a specialization.

  • Eastern Florida State College: This AAS program entails 64 hours between general education requirements, major courses and support courses. Full-time students should get through the entire program within two years.

  • Indian River State College: Before beginning this program, all students must go through the HSCV 405 CPR course; no other credential is accepted by the school. After that, the Surgical Technology Program is a year long.

Once you make it through your program of choice, be sure you sign up with the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting) to take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologists) exam. This accreditation is nationally recognized and helps when it comes to beginning your career.

What to Expect from Surgical Technologist Schools in Florida

Although the surgical tech schools in Florida above are all worth considering, they each offer something a little different. That being said, as they have all been certified by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), there are certain similarities among them as well. These are the sorts of things you can expect from any of the five above:

  • Classes on subjects like microbiology, anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills and ethics
  • Time spent in the laboratory learning about the tools and technology that surgical technicians use on a regular basis
  • Experience in actual medical settings where you help a surgeon during an operation

The level to which you partake in any of the above is going to depend on the type of degree or certificate you earn and any sort of specialization you choose.

Florida Surgical Technician Certification

Florida doesn't have any type of requirement for earning a license in order to act as a surgical technician. The only credential that matters is getting through one of the surgical technologist schools in Florida outlined earlier.

That being said, the CRT exam really is worth studying for and passing. Fortunately, these schools prep you for this examination as part of your education. All you have to do is apply and set a day aside to take the test.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Florida

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
 
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More Florida Surgical Technology Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Fern Park
Associate
381
Cocoa
Associate
14,496
Ocala
Associate
6,210
Daytona Beach
Bachelor
13,675
Jacksonville
Bachelor
24,939
Panama City
Associate
5,758
Fort Pierce
Bachelor
14,932
Niceville
Bachelor
7,043
Lake Worth
Associate
22,881
Pensacola
Associate
10,728
Gainesville
Associate
14,824
Pensacola
Associate
243

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Surgical Technologists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Gainesville 250 $35,800
Jacksonville 610 $38,680
Cape Coral 280 $37,980
Fort Myers 280 $37,980
Crestview 70 $40,420
Fort Walton Beach 70 $40,420
Destin 70 $40,420
Deltona 170 $37,160
Daytona Beach 170 $37,160
Ormond Beach 170 $37,160
Orlando 670 $40,430
Kissimmee 670 $40,430
Sanford 670 $40,430
Palm Bay 140 $37,250
Melbourne 140 $37,250
Titusville 140 $37,250
Panama City 100 $37,200
Pensacola 130 $40,270
Ferry Pass 130 $40,270
Brent 130 $40,270
Port St. Lucie 180 $40,630
Punta Gorda 50 $41,330
Lakeland 140 $40,270
Winter Haven 140 $40,270
Miami 2070 $42,920
Fort Lauderdale 2070 $42,920
West Palm Beach 2070 $42,920
Naples 60 $43,090
Immokalee 60 $43,090
Marco Island 60 $43,090
North Port 240 $41,330
Sarasota 240 $41,330
Bradenton 240 $41,330
Ocala 60 $40,700
Sebastian 40 $38,000
Vero Beach 40 $38,000
Tallahassee 160 $39,670
Tampa 1060 $41,480
St. Petersburg 1060 $41,480
Clearwater 1060 $41,480

Sources:

  1. CAAHEP Accredited Program Search, http://www.caahep.org/Find-An-Accredited-Program/, accessed on October 19, 2016
  2. How to Become a Surgical Technologist, https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-surgical-technologist-1735975, accessed October 19, 2016
  3. Homepage, NBSTSA, http://www.nbstsa.org/ accessed October 19, 2016

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