Surgical technicians, also referred to as surgical technologists, work in the operating room to assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical nurses before, during, and after surgical procedures. Their role is to keep the surgical environment safe, sterile, and efficient. Surgical technologists are typically responsible for setting up and maintaining surgical equipment, supplies, and instruments for use by the surgical team. Technologists are also trained in anatomy, physiology, and surgical procedures, and they are often responsible for prepping patients for surgery and maintaining the sterile field during procedures.
Accredited surgical technology programs in Kentucky award graduates either a diploma or an associate degree. Degree programs, which are more common in the state, require general-education coursework in addition to the surgical technology training. Diploma programs typically eliminate some of the general-education requirements and are thus shorter in duration.
Surgical technology programs in Kentucky train participants in medical, surgical, and health care related subjects. These topics typically include, but are not limited to:
Degree programs also typically include general education coursework. These courses may include:
Surgical technologists need not be licensed by a state agency to practice in Kentucky, but professional certification is generally required for technologists to qualify for employment in the state. The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification is the industry-standard credential, and it is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). To qualify to sit for certification exams, candidates must have graduated 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 Kentucky. 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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