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Surgical technologists tend to work under the radar - but that doesn't mean they aren't an essential part of the surgical team. In fact, surgical technologists may actually spend more time in operating rooms than surgeons do. These individuals work to prepare surgical teams for operations and procedures by sterilizing the area and equipment to be used, ensuring surgical tools are in the correct spot, and maintaining the overall flow of surgical procedures. In Georgia, jobs tend to be more concentrated in the large metro areas such as Atlanta and Savannah.

Georgia Surgical Technologist Schools

While Georgia boasts a number of four-year universities, those looking to enter the field of surgical technology may find success at one of the various technical schools throughout the state. Here are a few options to consider if you're planning on attending school in Georgia:

  • Chattahoochee Technical College: Chattahoochee Technical College offers a three-semester occupational program for students looking to become licensed surgical technologists without having to earn a degree. Since 2013, at least 94% of Chattahoochee Tech's students have gone on to pass the Certified Surgical Technologist national exam.

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College: Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers a diploma program for prospective surgical technicians. The program consists of a pre-occupational semester, where students will complete the prerequisites needed to enter the occupational program. During the occupational program, students will learn through both classroom and clinical experiences.

  • Gwinnett Technical College: Gwinnett Technical College provides students with the opportunity to become certified in pre-surgical healthcare science in addition to earning a degree in surgical technology. Students can also continue their education with courses in CPR for healthcare providers and medical terminology.

  • Piedmont Technical College: At Piedmont Technical College, prospective students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology, or a diploma certificate in health care through the surgical technology track. Regardless of the path chosen, Piedmont offers cohort sizes of less than 20, meaning students are likely to get more individualized attention throughout their studies.

  • West Georgia Technical College: West Georgia Technical College offers a diploma program in surgical technology, and prepares students for an optional certification through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical First Assisting. Class sizes are even smaller at WGTC, with an average of 7 students attending the program.

What to Expect from Georgia Surgical Technologist Programs

The surgical technologist programs in Georgia offer intensive courses of study for those looking to get their career moving as quickly as possible. However, students will not be thrown into clinical situations until they have proven their knowledge and abilities within a classroom setting.

Students of Georgia's surgical technologist programs will graduate with the following:

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and protocol
  • Understanding of their role within the surgical team
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems quickly and efficiently

Upon graduation from these programs, students will also be prepared to sit for the national certification exam, which, once passed, will allow them to practice surgical technology throughout the country.

Georgia Surgical Technologist License and Certification

Surgical technologists are not required to be licensed in the state of Georgia. However, schools and institutions suggest graduates of surgical tech programs sit for the exam administered by the NBSTSA.

Upon completion of this exam, surgical technicians become certified and recognized nationally as professionals in their position. This license must be updated every four years, and can be done so through reexamination or application for renewal.

Resources for Surgical Technologists in Georgia

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More Georgia Surgical Technology Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Marietta
Associates
9,999
Warner Robins
Associates
7,762
Lawrenceville
Associates
7,479
Waco
Associates
6,743
Rome
Associates
6,016
Griffin
Associates
4,703
Augusta
Associates
4,370
Athens
Associates
4,210
Valdosta
Associates
3,939
Savannah
Associates
3,938
Atlanta
Associates
3,775
Oakwood
Associates
3,626
Thomasville
Associates
3,521
Albany
Associates
3,251
Columbus
Associates
3,228
Waycross
Associates
2,775
Statesboro
Associates
1,904
Vidalia
Associates
1,563
Augusta
Associates
735
Columbus
Associates
556
Savannah
Associates
404
Marietta
N/A
20

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Georgia. 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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Athens-Clarke County130 $43,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell2110 $46,180
Albany70 $39,750
GainesvilleN/A N/A
Macon140 $42,850
Savannah200 $39,670
Valdosta50 $41,100

Sources:

  1. Chattahoochee Technical College - Surgical Technology, http://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/academicprogramscredit/health-sciences/surgical-technology/, accessed October 19, 2016
  2. Georgia Northwestern Tech College - Surgical Technology, http://www.gntc.edu/academics/program.php?id=262, accessed October 19, 2016
  3. Gwinnett Technical College - Surgical Technology, http://gwinnetttech.edu/programs/surgical-technology/, accessed October 19, 2016
  4. Piedmont Technical College - Surgical Technology, http://www.ptc.edu/academics/schools-programs/health-science/surgical-technology, accessed October 19, 2016
  5. West Georgia Tech College - Surgical Technology, http://westgatech.edu/academics/surgicaltech/index.htm, accessed October 19, 2016
  6. National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, http://nbstsa.org/, accessed October 19, 2016
  7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Surgical Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm#tab-6, accessed October 19, 2016

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