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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.

North Carolina Surgical Technician Schools

Students can study at a number of surgical technician schools in North Carolina. The following locations offer surgical technician training, certification programs, or degrees:

  • South College Asheville: An open admissions, private college where students can obtain a surgical technology certificate. The school is known for having an excellent student to professor ratio.

  • Miller-Motte College: The college specializes in helping students start a career within 18-24 months after enrollment, using a hands-on educational approach combined with career training.

  • Ashevillle-Buncombe Technical Community College: One of the largest institutions within the North Carolina College System, AB Tech accumulates a yearly curriculum enrollment of nearly 9,000 students. The school houses an Allied Health and Public Service educational department.

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences: A private, for-profit college where students can earn up to a bachelor's degree. The institution specializes in providing medicine, nursing, emergency medicine, nutrition, and exercise therapy programs.

  • Catawba Valley Community College: One of the largest public community colleges in Charlotte, featuring a virtual campus in addition to seven satellite campuses. Students can enroll for a 2-year surgical technology associate degree.

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.

What to Expect from North Carolina Surgical Technician Programs

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:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Procedures
  • General Microbiology

Skills acquired include:

  • Advanced knowledge of medical terminology
  • Applicable knowledge of surgical procedures
  • Proficiency in an operating room environment
  • Surgical equipment and instrument handling

North Carolina Surgical Technician License

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:

  1. Current or previous CST certification
  2. Graduation from a CAAHEP- or ABHES-accredited surgical technology program
  3. Graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical first assisting program
  4. Graduation from a surgical technology military training program
  5. The Accelerated Alternate Delivery Pathway offers education advice for applicants with on-the-job training or who graduated from a non-accredited program.

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.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in North Carolina

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More North Carolina 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
Asheville
Associate
6,408
Flat Rock
Associate
1,968
Concord
Bachelor
358
Charlotte
Associate
484
Hickory
Associate
4,765
Charlotte
Associate
18,052
Shelby
Associate
2,064
Jacksonville
Associate
4,349
Elizabeth City
Associate
2,117
Durham
Associate
5,170
Tarboro
Associate
1,687
Fayetteville
Associate
9,063
Jamestown
Associate
10,571
Spindale
Associate
2,131
Kinston
Associate
2,733
Marion
Associate
1,134
Lumberton
Associate
1,788
Wentworth
Associate
2,013
Pinehurst
Associate
3,826
Asheville
Bachelor
133
Polkton
Associate
2,250
Raleigh
Associate
12,238
Wilson
Associate
1,642

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

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.

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
Asheville 60 $39,650
Durham 250 $46,000
Chapel Hill 250 $46,000
Fayetteville 110 $39,380
Goldsboro 30 $41,230
Greensboro 140 $42,400
High Point 140 $42,400
Greenville N/A $38,810
Hickory 150 $38,530
Lenoir 150 $38,530
Morganton 150 $38,530
New Bern 40 $38,720
Raleigh 320 $43,840
Rocky Mount 30 $38,980
Wilmington 120 $37,490
Winston 220 $40,800
Salem 220 $40,800

Sources:

  1. Courses, Central Piedmont Community College, http://www.cpcc.edu/health-human-services/surgical-technology-a45740/program-courses, accessed September 16, 2016.
  2. CST Examinations, The Nation Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, https://nbstsa.org/examinations-cst.html, accessed September 16, 2016.
  3. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm, accessed September 16, 2016.

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