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.
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.
Graduation from any of these programs prepares students for a career working with surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists.
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:
During your education, some of the following skills may be acquired:
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.
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.
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 New York. 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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