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Surgical technicians play an important role in assisting the surgeon in the operating room. These professionals are responsible for ensuring each operation goes as smoothly as possible by preparing all the equipment, getting the patient ready, and then assisting the surgeon throughout the operation. Those interested in the field may consider one of the surgical technologist schools in Missouri, as most surgical technicians hold an associate degree or a postsecondary certification.

Surgical Technology Schools in Missouri

Surgical technician schools in Missouri tend to differ in the size and scope of their programs. However, this diversity also means you should be able to find an option that best fits your needs. 

  • Drury University: An AAS is awarded to students after they complete 30 semester credits. Anyone with military training in this field can also receive credit once they complete the national registry certification.

  • Ozarks Technical Community College: This school offers the option of either an AAS degree or a certificate. Once being admitted to the program, students are also allowed to customize much of their workload depending on a specialization of their choice.

  • Lincoln University in Jefferson City: This course involves 69 hours of learning to be done in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. There are four semesters in total but also a summer session when students learn and get experience with surgical technology.

  • Metropolitan Community College: To earn their AAS in Surgical Technology, students must complete 39 credits. The program includes taking classes in politics and U.S. history.

  • Rolla Technical Institute: Over the course of a year, students enrolled in this program learn from didactic and clinical direction and must complete actual clinical rotations.

After you complete the course of your choice, continue on to taking your CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) exam. Said exam is overseen by the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) and is a great way to open doors for yourself early on.

What to Expect from Surgical Technologist Schools in Missouri

Each of the five surgical technician schools in Missouri we covered above have different demands. Again, this is why it's so important to review your opportunities closely. Still, all of them cover some combination of the following:

  • Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Microbiology

Furthermore, expect to spend ample time in the lab and at actual hospitals learning how your tools work and going through the motions alongside surgeons during operations.

Missouri Surgical Technician Certification

There is no license in Missouri you must have to practice as a surgical technician. As long as you make it through one of the five surgical tech schools in Missouri we delved into earlier, you should be well-prepared for the job.

That being said, becoming certified by the NBSTSA is a good idea. A resume without this certification is going to get lost among all those that do.

Furthermore, these schools all prepare you for the test. It's only 200 questions and it covers the same information you needed to know to graduate from your school of choice - namely, the skills you're required to use every day as a surgical technician.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Missouri

Consider joining the Missouri Association of Surgical Technologists. You can use it for networking and as a source of ongoing education.

When it comes to preparing for your CST exam, the following is helpful:

The NBSTSA career center is also good to check back on for possible opportunities.

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More Missouri 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
Total Enrollment
Saint Louis
Associates
18,835
Kansas City
Associates
14,874
Springfield
Associates
12,692
Springfield
Masters
3,512
Jefferson City
Masters
2,619
Trenton
Associates
1,832
Kansas City
Bachelors
516
Fenton
Associates
270
Cape Girardeau
Bachelors
206
Joplin
N/A
131
Rolla
N/A
113
Saint Joseph
N/A
106
West Plains
N/A
69
Columbia
N/A
57

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Missouri. 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
Joplin60 $40,230
Springfield250 $40,630

Sources:

  1. How to Become a Surgical Technologist, https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-surgical-technologist-1735975, accessed October 19, 2016
  2. Homepage, NBSTSA, http://www.nbstsa.org/ accessed October 19, 2016
  3. Surgical Technology Schools in Missouri, http://www.educationnews.org/career-index/surgical-technology-schools-in-missouri/, accessed October 19, 2016
  4. Missouri State Assembly, accessed on October 19, 2016

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