Surgical technicians, or surgical technologists, are employed in hospitals, clinics, or other surgical settings. Their job is to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, and other members of the surgical team before, during, and after surgical procedures. Technologists are responsible for setting up and maintaining equipment, instruments, and supplies in the operating room so that the surgical environment functions safely and effectively. Technologists are trained in aseptic techniques, as well as the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and surgical procedures, and they may be required to prep patients for surgery and to maintain the sterile field during procedures.
Idaho's accredited surgical technology programs offer either an associate degree or a technical Certificate of Achievement. Degree programs are generally longer in duration and require general-education coursework as well as surgical technology coursework and clinical training. Certificate programs typically do not take as long to complete because they eliminate some of the general-education requirements.
The professional/technical training components of surgical technology programs in Idaho consist of coursework and hands-on clinical training in medical, surgical, and health care topics. This coursework may include:
Associate degree programs in surgical technology supplement technical training with broader coursework requirements. These requirements will likely include:
Idaho does not require that surgical technologists hold a state-issued license in order to gain employment or practice in the state. However, surgical technologists must hold professional certification to be considered for employment in most contexts. The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is the industry-standard certification awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to technologists who pass a series of certification exams. In order to be allowed to sit for the exams, candidates must hold a degree or Certificate from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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 Idaho. 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
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