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Surgical technicians, or surgical technologists, are employed in hospitals, clinics, or other surgical settings. Their job is to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, and other members of the surgical team before, during, and after surgical procedures. Technologists are responsible for setting up and maintaining equipment, instruments, and supplies in the operating room so that the surgical environment functions safely and effectively. Technologists are trained in aseptic techniques, as well as the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and surgical procedures, and they may be required to prep patients for surgery and to maintain the sterile field during procedures.

Idaho Surgical Technician Schools

Idaho's accredited surgical technology programs offer either an associate degree or a technical Certificate of Achievement. Degree programs are generally longer in duration and require general-education coursework as well as surgical technology coursework and clinical training. Certificate programs typically do not take as long to complete because they eliminate some of the general-education requirements.

  • College of Southern Idaho: The program at CSI awards an Associate of Applied Science degree to graduates. The surgical technology program itself is designed to be completed in five semesters, but applicants must complete two courses in anatomy and physiology and one course in medical terminology before beginning the program. An additional 19 hours of required general-education coursework may be completed either before the program begins or during the program.

  • College of Western Idaho: The program at CWI offers both an AAS track and a certificate track. The AAS track is designed to be completed in approximately 24 months, and the Intermediate Technical Certificate track typically takes 12 months. Both the Certificate and degree programs require anatomy/physiology and medical terminology courses as pre-requisites which must be completed before applicants can be admitted to the surgical technology program. Graduates of either track are eligible to sit for professional certification exams.

  • Eastern Idaho Technical College: EITC offers an AAS in Surgical Technology. Its program is designed to be complete in four semesters, and the curriculum plan includes both technical and general-education coursework. The final semester of the program consists of clinical training in operating room techniques, surgical procedures, and an advanced clinical practicum. The EITC program is a hybrid program, which means that includes both classroom and online coursework components.

What to Expect from Idaho Surgical Technician Schools

The professional/technical training components of surgical technology programs in Idaho consist of coursework and hands-on clinical training in medical, surgical, and health care topics. This coursework may include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Patient care
  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Anesthesia/pharmacology

Associate degree programs in surgical technology supplement technical training with broader coursework requirements. These requirements will likely include:

  • English
  • Communications
  • College-level math
  • General-education elective

Idaho Surgical Technician Certification

Idaho does not require that surgical technologists hold a state-issued license in order to gain employment or practice in the state. However, surgical technologists must hold professional certification to be considered for employment in most contexts. The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is the industry-standard certification awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to technologists who pass a series of certification exams. In order to be allowed to sit for the exams, candidates must hold a degree or Certificate from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Idaho

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More Idaho Surgical Technology Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Boise
Doctorate
19,540
Twin Falls
Associate
7,118
Idaho Falls
Associate
762

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Idaho. 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Boise City 260 $45,380
Coeur d'Alene 100 $44,320

Sources:

  1. Surgical Technology, College of Southern Idaho, http://hshs.csi.edu/surgical_technology/goals.asp
  2. Surgical Technology, College of Western Idaho, http://cwidaho.cc/program/surgical-technology
  3. Surgical Technology, Eastern Idaho Technical College, http://www.eitc.edu/programs-of-study/health-professions/surgical-technology

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