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The surgical technologist/technician is responsible for assisting surgeons during operations. Their main duties might involve preparing operating rooms for procedures, organizing the necessary equipment, and providing support during operations by handing the doctors specific instruments. Also called operating room technicians, surgical technologists may also be required to prepare patients for surgery. This might include washing and disinfecting the areas being operated on, dressing them in sterile drapes, and moving them to the operating room. They may also help sterilize the equipment and procedure area.

Texas Surgical Tech Schools

The list below includes just a few of the many Texas schools that offer programs for aspiring surgical technicians. A brief description of campus details like its history, size, and area of specialty is also included.

  • Amarillo College: Delivering high-quality and affordable academic classes at six different campuses, Amarillo College is a public community college that was founded in 1929. It offers 143 degree and certificate programs with focuses ranging from personal enrichment to professional development.

  • Del Mar College: Highly qualified teachers with real-world experience and small, interactive classes make Del Mar College the choice for more than 22,000 credit and noncredit students each year. Of the 288 full-time faculty, 86% hold a master's degree or higher.

  • El Paso Community College: Established in 1969, El Paso Community College offers more than 130 programs of study for associate degrees and certificates of completion. It is a public institution based in the heart of El Paso and has a student population of over 28,000.

  • Houston Community College: With more than 2500 full- and part-time faculty, 52% of which have master's degrees, Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution that offers academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning.

  • Kilgore College: A comprehensive community college offering postsecondary education opportunities, Kilgore College has been delivering higher education to its students since 1935. It offers campus housing and a student body of over 5500 students.

  • McLennan Community College: With almost 60 different programs to choose from in a range of topics, McLennan Community College has an annual enrollment of over 8300 students a year. It offers state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and an engaged and committed faculty.

  • San Jacinto Community College: A public institution with over 28,000 students and an 18:1 student-to-faculty ration, San Jacinto Community College is ranked as one of the top 100 community colleges in the nation. It offers 186 degrees and certificates in 46 technical programs as well as seamless transition to a 4-year university.

  • Tyler Junior College: This institution is one of the largest community colleges in Texas with more than 500 full- and part-time faculty members as well as over 10,000 students. It offers more than 120 degree and certificate programs as well as extensive training and technical programs.

What to Expect from Texas Surgical Technologist Programs

In most cases, employers will require surgical technologists to have some form of postsecondary education in an accredited surgical technology program. The length of these programs may be anywhere from just a few months to several years.

Coursework required for surgical technologist programs in Texas will most likely include education in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, pharmacology, as well as other topics. More specialized instruction catering directly to surgical technologists might include learning how to sterilize equipment, ready patients for surgery, count supplies, and maintain a sterile environment. A few important qualities that may be enhanced during coursework are:

  • Attention to detail
  • Dexterity
  • Integrity
  • Physical stamina
  • Stress-management skills

The above skills may aid a surgical technologist in successfully performing their required duties.

Texas Surgical Technician License

Texas is one of the few states that require surgical technicians to be licensed before employment. In order to attain licensing in the state of Texas, applicants must have at least an associate degree from a 2 or 4-year institution, have graduated from an approved Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), and worked 2000 hours within the last 3 years as a surgical assistant. Candidates must also have taken and passed one of the three national certifying exams.

Certification on a national level can be obtained through The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for the "Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)" title or the National Center for Competency Testing for the "Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT)" title.

Both require passing a written exam and while the CST certification involves completing an accredited program or military training program, the NCCT allows candidates to qualify through work experience as well.

CPR and basic life support certification might also be required of surgical technologists for certain positions as well.

Resources for Surgical Technologists in Texas

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  • Diploma in Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
  • Tuition covers course-required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
  • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
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  • 18 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
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  • 6 campuses across Texas, with a campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico and online.
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More Texas 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
Amarillo
Associate
10,387
Austin
Associate
33,508
Cisco
Associate
3,365
Corpus Christi
Associate
11,167
Dallas
Associate
6,680
El Paso
Associate
25,023
Galveston
Associate
2,044
Houston
Associate
43,518
Big Spring
Associate
3,329
Kilgore
Associate
5,150
Port Arthur
Associate
2,325
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Gainesville
Associate
7,590
Odessa
Associate
4,580
Paris
Associate
4,343
Pasadena
Associate
23,805
Levelland
Associate
6,602
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Fort Worth
Associate
37,948
Temple
Associate
4,787
Harlingen
Associate
4,957
Athens
Associate
5,046
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Vernon
Associate
2,808
Austin
Associate
825
Wharton
Associate
5,892

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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
Austin 810 $44,390
Round Rock 810 $44,390
Abilene 50 $40,050
Amarillo 150 $38,810
Beaumont 160 $33,860
Port Arthur 160 $33,860
Brownsville 110 $48,610
Harlingen 110 $48,610
Corpus Christi N/A $44,070
Dallas 2860 $46,770
Fort Worth 2860 $46,770
Arlington 2860 $46,770
El Paso 230 $42,380
Houston 3070 $47,860
The Woodlands 3070 $47,860
Sugar Land 3070 $47,860
San Antonio 1170 $39,060
New Braunfels 1170 $39,060
Laredo 40 $46,050
Lubbock 210 $38,620
McAllen 200 $48,140
Edinburg 200 $48,140
Mission 200 $48,140
Killeen 260 $44,010
Temple 260 $44,010
Odessa 110 $52,250
Sherman 40 $47,140
Denison 40 $47,140
Tyler 180 $40,190
Victoria N/A $37,940
Waco 110 $41,280

Sources:

  1. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm accessed October 30, 2016
  2. Surgical Assistant Licensing, Texas Medical Board, http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/surgical-assistant-licensure-getting-started, accessed October 30, 2016

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