Surgical technicians are team players who are responsible for the preparation of a patient before surgery, supporting the surgeon during operation and much more. Surgeons depend on their team members to be well-trained, confident, and able assist them every step of the way. If you want to make a serious difference in people's lives, enjoy a challenge, and can think analytically, you may consider becoming a surgical technician.
Below, we have outlined five surgical technician schools in Indiana that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the largest program accretion in the field of health science.
Whichever school you choose, it will be important to ensure that you take the Certified Surgical Technologist exam (CST) offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
All surgical technologist schools in Indiana are going to have unique curriculums. However, every one of them involves some combination of lectures/classroom learning and working in the lab.
Subjects covered in textbooks and the classroom usually entail:
Other important topics covered include things like patient care and common surgical procedures.
Indiana is one of six states that require you to earn a license in order to work as a surgical technologist. The schools we covered above prepare their students for the CST as part of your coursework. This should include showing you how to apply.
Nonetheless, it's worth pointing out that you must submit your application along with the required fees for Indiana. If the application is incorrect, your fees are not going to be returned. As part of your application, you must provide a notarized letter from your institution's program director and a copy of your graduation certificate or transcript.
Once you're approved, an Authorization to Test (ATT) number along with a web address and phone number for the testing agency you've been assigned to are provided. Contact them to schedule your examination.
Before you proceed with your schooling, read about Indiana Surgical Technologist Certification Law for a full understanding of what's expected.
Given the importance of the CST exam, not enough emphasis can be placed on proper preparation for it. Even though each of the surgical tech schools in Indiana we highlighted above help you ready for it, here are some other useful resources:
There is also an NBSTSA job board that may be extremely helpful once you have graduated and become licensed to practice as a surgical technician.
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 Indiana. 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.
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
Annual Median Salary
|Michigan City-La Porte||50||$41,240|