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Surgical technicians support surgeons during the entirety of an operation and are responsible for preparing the room and the patient beforehand. If you love helping people, are good at handling pressure, and enjoy learning about new tools and technology, consider how the following surgical technician schools in Kansas could prepare you for this entry-level health care job.

Surgical Technology Schools in Kansas

All of the Kansas surgical technician training programs and schools below are accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). Even still, you'll want to do further research before choosing one, as each offers something a little different.

  • Hutchinson Community College: This program entails 54 credits and takes two semesters (10 months) to complete once the two prerequisite courses are out of the way. There are classroom and online learning options available for students of this program.

  • Seward County Community College Area Technical School: This program lasts three semesters (11 months) and culminates in students earning their Surgical Technology Certificate. Labs are held on campus, but the classes can be taken online.

  • Washburn Tech: Students are selected based on the points they receive from a surgical technology rubric. Once accepted, students go on to earn a certificate upon completion of this 53-credit course with the option to continue on for an AAS degree. Afterward, students may also choose to earn a more advanced degree at Washburn University.

  • Wichita Area Technical College: The school offers two options: a technical certificate that typically takes less than a year to complete or an AAS, which is a two-year program.

  • Neosho County Community College The program offers an AAS and provides opportunities to specialize. Coursework also involves clinical experience.

After you graduate from any of the above surgical technologist schools in Kansas, you'll be able to sit for the national certification examination overseen by the NBTSA. Upon passing, you'll get to use their CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) credential.

What to Expect from Surgical Technologist Schools in Kansas

Each of the programs highlighted above is slightly different. However, all of them involve the following:

  • Classroom work (some courses come with the option of doing this online)
  • Lab work
  • Real-world experience

Before graduation, students are expected to perform their role in a live scenario with an actual surgeon. Students also receive experience working with the tools that they need to use in their role. This includes learning how to clean them and how to prepare the clinical environment before surgery so it is sterile.

Kansas Surgical Technician Certification

While there aren't strict requirements for certification, it's become an expectation that graduates of surgical tech schools in Kansas go on to become certified by the NBTSA. While all of the aforementioned surgical technician schools in Kansas prepare you for this exam, know that your application must include:

Review the Examination Content Area beforehand for a better idea of what is on the exam.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Kansas

Other resources that are important to take advantage of before and after you choose from the above list of Kansas surgical technician training programs and schools include:

Finally, CST practice examinations are a good way to prepare for this important test.

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 Kansas 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
Hutchinson
Associate
4,570
Liberal
Associate
1,656
Topeka
Doctorate
6,901
Wichita
Associate
924

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kansas. 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
Wichita 250 $36,370

Sources:

  1. CAAHEP Accredited Program Search, http://www.caahep.org/Find-An-Accredited-Program/, accessed on October 21, 2016
  2. Surgical Tech Schools in Kansas, http://www.educationnews.org/career-index/surgical-technology-schools-in-kansas/, accessed on October 21, 2016
  3. How to Become a Surgical Technologist, https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-surgical-technologist-1735975, accessed October 21, 2016
  4. Homepage, NBSTSA, http://www.nbstsa.org/ accessed October 21, 2016

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