Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians or surgical technicians, assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical nurses before, during, and after surgical procedures. They set up operating rooms, surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies in preparation for surgical procedures. They may also prepare patients for surgery by setting up the sterile field and sterilizing incision sites. Technologists maintain instruments, equipment, and supplies during procedures, and they assist the surgical team in handling equipment during operations. After procedures, they assist in cleaning the operating room and restocking supplies.
The two accredited Surgical Technology programs in Nevada have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and their graduates are eligible to sit for the professional certification exams overseen by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Surgical technologists are trained in surgical procedures, surgical technology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, and microbiology. Because they play an important role in interacting with both the surgical team and patients, they are also trained in patient care, clinical procedures, and communication. Here are some examples of courses you may encounter:
Participants in comprehensive degree programs can expect additional coursework in general education subjects, including:
Technologists in Nevada typically need to be registered as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in order to qualify for most jobs in the field. This industry standard credential is awarded by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
Candidates must have graduated from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to be eligible to sit for certification exams, and they will be awarded the CST certification upon successful completion of those exams.
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 Nevada. 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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