As a surgical technician, you would assist during operations under the supervision of a licensed surgeon, registered nurse, or other surgical team member. You may be required to set up the operating room before a procedure, order supplies, pass instruments to the surgeon, and possibly hold retractors. As a surgical tech you may work in hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, or cosmetic surgical centers.
Surgical technician schools in Massachusetts typically consist of two-year programs, but there are some that offer a one-year certificate. You must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age to enroll. Accredited surgical technology schools in Massachusetts include:
The training you receive depends on whether you seek a one or two-year certification. Programs will typically include hands-on and classroom training that prepares you for the operational environment, but also your national examinations.
Some courses you can expect to take include:
In addition to classroom and lab training, you will also be required to complete clinical hours.
After you have completed an accredited program at a surgical technician school in Massachusetts, you must certify and license before you can enter the operating room. All accredited programs should prepare you for your national and state-level examinations. Some may even assist you in scheduling your exams.
You are required to obtain your National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Before testing, you must:
In addition to your Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) from the NBSTSA, you must also obtain your Tech in Surgery - Certified from the National Center for Competency Testing. You can qualify for the test by showing proof of graduation, military training, work experience, or formal education.
Lastly, Massachusetts General Law c. 111 Section 229 now has new training requirements for any surgical technologist entering the field after July 2013. The main requirement is that you must maintain a certified surgical technology credential from the NBSTSA. You do not have to be state licensed.
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 Massachusetts. 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
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