A surgical technician is essential to each and every surgery. They're responsible for organizing equipment, preparing the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, and assisting the surgeon as needed during operations. In addition, surgical technicians maintain sterile conditions in a surgery. Employment opportunities include labor and delivery, emergency surgery, and dialysis facilities.
Students can study at a number of surgical technician schools in North Carolina. The following locations offer surgical technician training, certification programs, or degrees:
Coursework in these schools prepares graduates to assist surgeons and provide patient care, as well as proper care of equipment to ensure an aseptic surgical environment.
Most surgical technology programs can help students develop a solid understanding of medical and surgical procedures. The classes familiarize students with an operating room environment and teach the skills needed for various surgical procedures. Common courses include:
Skills acquired include:
Students on the path to becoming surgical technicians must pass the Certified Surgical Technician (CST) Examination, administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. You typically have five options to prove eligibility:
Keep in mind that candidates deemed ineligible for testing typically do not receive a refund of their processing fees. To establish exam eligibility, submit the application and associated fee. First-time test takers pay between $190 - $290 for the exam and fees.
Schools for Surgical Technologists in North Carolina are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville||Associate||6,408|
|Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock||Flat Rock||Associate||1,968|
|Cabarrus College of Health Sciences||Concord||Bachelor||358|
|Carolinas College of Health Sciences||Charlotte||Associate||484|
|Catawba Valley Community College||Hickory||Associate||4,765|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte||Associate||18,052|
|Cleveland Community College||Shelby||Associate||2,064|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville||Associate||4,349|
|College of the Albemarle||Elizabeth City||Associate||2,117|
|Durham Technical Community College||Durham||Associate||5,170|
|Edgecombe Community College||Tarboro||Associate||1,687|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||Fayetteville||Associate||9,063|
|Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown||Associate||10,571|
|Isothermal Community College||Spindale||Associate||2,131|
|Lenoir Community College||Kinston||Associate||2,733|
|McDowell Technical Community College||Marion||Associate||1,134|
|Robeson Community College||Lumberton||Associate||1,788|
|Rockingham Community College||Wentworth||Associate||2,013|
|Sandhills Community College||Pinehurst||Associate||3,826|
|South Piedmont Community College||Polkton||Associate||2,250|
|Wake Technical Community College||Raleigh||Associate||12,238|
|Wilson Community College||Wilson||Associate||1,642|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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