Working under the supervision of surgeons, surgical technicians assist in a number of ways during operations. They may help to get the operating room ready for surgery, transporting patients there and preparing them for surgery. During the operation, they may pass equipment, adjust equipment and lights and generally assist surgeons throughout the surgery.
It is typically required for a surgical technician (or surgical technologist) to have an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate. There are a variety of accredited programs available that assist students in becoming a surgical technician with a number of these being located in Pennsylvania. Some of these include:
If you enroll on a program at a surgical technician school in Pennsylvania, you can expect to acquire all of the skills and technical knowledge you'll need to go on and become a professional surgical technologist. These programs will have you learning the technical side in a classroom whilst also putting your skills to the test in an operating theater where you'll be guided by a qualified surgeon. The courses will cover a plethora of topics, including:
Although there aren't any specific licenses that are required in Pennsylvania, students may find it beneficial to gain a certificate through an accredited organization. This includes becoming a "Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)" through The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or becoming a "Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT)" through the National Center for Competency Testing. To maintain either of these certifications, surgical technologists are required to complete further educational programs.
Becoming certified in basic life support or CPR may also be a requirement for some jobs. The American Board of Surgical Assistants, the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants and the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting also offer certificates for surgical first assistants.
Schools for Surgical Technologists in Pennsylvania are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh||Associate||18,525|
|Delaware County Community College||Media||Associate||10,816|
|Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg||Harrisburg||Associate||9,774|
|Lock Haven University||Lock Haven||Masters||5,241|
|Luzerne County Community College||Nanticoke||Associate||6,323|
|Montgomery County Community College-Central Campus||Blue Bell||Associate||9,184|
|Mount Aloysius College||Cresson||Masters||1,595|
|Northampton County Area Community College||Bethlehem||Associate||7,912|
|Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences||Pennsylvania||Associate||680|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport||Bachelor||6,682|
|University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown||Johnstown||Bachelor||3,121|
|Westmoreland County Community College||Youngwood||Associate||6,239|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Pennsylvania. 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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