Surgical technicians, often referred surgical technologists, work in the operating room. As a surgical technician, you would assist during surgical procedures by preparing the surgical suites, arranging all necessary equipment, and assisting the doctor during the surgery. Some general duties surgical technicians may be expected to perform include:
Surgical technician schools in Colorado require a high school diploma (or equivalent) or a GED to enroll. Schools that accept students living in the state of Colorado include:
When you enroll in surgical technology schools in Colorado, you will enter programs designed to provide you with support skills need to work in a surgical environment. You will be able to assist the entire surgical team, including nursing staff, and perform a variety of functions in the operating suite. Areas you study may include:
Most training programs include hands-on practice as part of their curriculum. By the end of your training, you will be prepared for a career in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, out-patient surgical centers, physicians' offices, and dental offices.
Once you have completed your education at an accredited surgical technician school in Colorado, you must be certified by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Once you have passed, you may receive a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Note that you cannot take your certification test until you have completed the necessary training at surgical technology schools in Colorado.
You must also license through Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration handles all new licenses, renewals, complaints and sanctions.
To apply for a license, you must meet the following criteria:
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Colorado. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary