Surgical technicians play a vital role in assisting surgeons in the operating room. These professionals are responsible for preparing the patient and the operating area so the surgeon has the best possible chance of achieving the desired outcome. They must stay on their feet for hours at a time and keep themselves completely focused. Most surgical technologists have earned some type of postsecondary degree or certificate before entering their career.
Most surgical technologists earn an associate degree or postsecondary certification in order to prepare for the job. Below we've outlined five surgical technician schools in Florida. Consider what each has to offer but also which would make the most sense for your current situation and your goals as a surgical technician.
Once you make it through your program of choice, be sure you sign up with the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting) to take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologists) exam. This accreditation is nationally recognized and helps when it comes to beginning your career.
Although the surgical tech schools in Florida above are all worth considering, they each offer something a little different. That being said, as they have all been certified by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs), there are certain similarities among them as well. These are the sorts of things you can expect from any of the five above:
The level to which you partake in any of the above is going to depend on the type of degree or certificate you earn and any sort of specialization you choose.
Florida doesn't have any type of requirement for earning a license in order to act as a surgical technician. The only credential that matters is getting through one of the surgical technologist schools in Florida outlined earlier.
That being said, the CRT exam really is worth studying for and passing. Fortunately, these schools prep you for this examination as part of your education. All you have to do is apply and set a day aside to take the test.
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 Florida. 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
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||410||$44,620|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||50||$41,400|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach||180||$38,180|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach||2180||$44,150|
|Port St. Lucie||130||$42,880|