Surgical technicians assist surgeons with medical procedures. Most of their duties are within an operating room environment. The main responsibilities include preparing the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, organizing equipment, and assisting the surgeon as needed during operations.

Additional responsibilities include preparing and maintaining a sterile environment. Surgical technicians work in a variety of medical facilities, including emergency rooms and inpatient or outpatient surgeries.

New York Surgical Technician Schools

Several schools across New York offer Surgical Technology programs ideal for specialized career education. Students have a variety of Surgical Technology programs available to them.

  • Center for Allied Health Education: The school is recognized statewide as a premier health services educational institute. Students enjoy a state-of-the-art facility and access to a number of accredited programs.

  • NYU School of Medicine: This New York City-based college offers a one-year program for Surgical Technology.

  • Long Island University Brooklyn: Located in Brooklyn, NY, LIU features a carefully designed program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

  • Berkeley College: A CAAHEP-accredited college located in the heart of New York. The school is known for consistently having one of the highest CST exam passing rates from its graduates.

  • Nassau Community College: Another school known for consistently high CST exam passing rates, NCC is located in Garden City, NY.

Graduation from any of these programs prepares students for a career working with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists.

What to Expect from New York Surgical Technician Programs

Surgical Technician schools in New York teach graduates the essential skills and knowledge for a career in the field. Graduates learn how to properly handle and organize surgical equipment, and acquire a deep understanding of medical terminology and surgical procedures.

Common courses may include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Terminology
  • Sterile Processing
  • Fundamentals of Operative Procedures
  • Surgical Technology Lab

During your education, some of the following skills may be acquired:

  • Surgical equipment and instrument handling
  • Patient preparation
  • Tool sterilization
  • Operating room monitoring

These courses and skills prepare graduates to become an integral part of any surgical team, and to provide patient care both before and after surgery.

New York Surgical Technician License

Aspiring surgical technicians are subject to state-specific requirements before being allowed to practice. Students must graduate from a nationally accredited surgical technology program, in addition to achieving a passing score on the Certified Surgical Technician Examination.

Before taking the exam, students must submit an application along with the associated fee for eligibility purposes. Students taking the test for the first time can expect to pay between $190 and $290 for the exam and fees. No refund is issued to candidates deemed ineligible for testing.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in New York

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.

2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Utica-Rome60$39,350
Albany-Schenectady-Troy280$42,490
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls420$55,160
Rochester280$44,040
Syracuse190$44,690

Sources:

  1. New York Surgical Technologist Law Frequently Asked Questions, Association of Surgical Technologists, https://www.ast.org/uploadedFiles/Main_Site/Content/Public_Policy/NY_Surg_Tech_Law_FAQs.pdf, accessed September 27, 2016.
  2. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm, accessed September 27, 2016.
  3. Surgical Technology, Berkeley College, http://berkeleycollege.edu/academics_bc/5714.htm, accessed September 27, 2016.

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