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A surgical technician is essential to each and every surgery. They're responsible for organizing equipment, preparing the operating room, preparing patients for surgery, and assisting the surgeon as needed during operations. In addition, surgical technicians maintain sterile conditions in a surgery. Employment opportunities include labor and delivery, emergency surgery, and dialysis facilities.

North Carolina Surgical Technician Schools

Students can study at a number of surgical technician schools in North Carolina. The following locations offer surgical technician training, certification programs, or degrees:

  • South College Asheville: An open admissions, private college where students can obtain a surgical technology certificate. The school is known for having an excellent student to professor ratio.

  • Miller-Motte College: The college specializes in helping students start a career within 18-24 months after enrollment, using a hands-on educational approach combined with career training.

  • Ashevillle-Buncombe Technical Community College: One of the largest institutions within the North Carolina College System, AB Tech accumulates a yearly curriculum enrollment of nearly 9,000 students. The school houses an Allied Health and Public Service educational department.

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences: A private, for-profit college where students can earn up to a bachelor's degree. The institution specializes in providing medicine, nursing, emergency medicine, nutrition, and exercise therapy programs.

  • Catawba Valley Community College: One of the largest public community colleges in Charlotte, featuring a virtual campus in addition to seven satellite campuses. Students can enroll for a 2-year surgical technology associate degree.

Coursework in these schools prepares graduates to assist surgeons and provide patient care, as well as proper care of equipment to ensure an aseptic surgical environment.

What to Expect from North Carolina Surgical Technician Programs

Most surgical technology programs can help students develop a solid understanding of medical and surgical procedures. The classes familiarize students with an operating room environment and teach the skills needed for various surgical procedures. Common courses include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Surgical Procedures
  • General Microbiology

Skills acquired include:

  • Advanced knowledge of medical terminology
  • Applicable knowledge of surgical procedures
  • Proficiency in an operating room environment
  • Surgical equipment and instrument handling

North Carolina Surgical Technician License

Students on the path to becoming surgical technicians must pass the Certified Surgical Technician (CST) Examination, administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. You typically have five options to prove eligibility:

  1. Current or previous CST certification
  2. Graduation from a CAAHEP- or ABHES-accredited surgical technology program
  3. Graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical first assisting program
  4. Graduation from a surgical technology military training program
  5. The Accelerated Alternate Delivery Pathway offers education advice for applicants with on-the-job training or who graduated from a non-accredited program.

Keep in mind that candidates deemed ineligible for testing typically do not receive a refund of their processing fees. To establish exam eligibility, submit the application and associated fee. First-time test takers pay between $190 - $290 for the exam and fees.

Resources for Surgical Technicians in North Carolina

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More North Carolina 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
Raleigh
Associates
22,494
Charlotte
Associates
19,100
Fayetteville
Associates
11,660
Jamestown
Associates
10,072
Wilmington
Associates
8,317
Asheville
Associates
7,262
Durham
Associates
5,415
Hickory
Associates
4,827
Pinehurst
Associates
4,206
Jacksonville
Associates
4,030
Thomasville
Associates
3,627
Shelby
Associates
2,700
Kinston
Associates
2,664
Elizabeth City
Associates
2,507
Tarboro
Associates
2,198
Flat Rock
Associates
2,122
Wentworth
Associates
1,931
Spindale
Associates
1,929
Wilson
Associates
1,806
Marion
Associates
1,043
Concord
Masters
453
Charlotte
Associates
444

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. 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
Durham-Chapel Hill200 $47,910
Fayetteville130 $43,350
GoldsboroN/A N/A
Greensboro-High Point150 $44,620
Greenville160 $41,840
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton190 $39,560
New Bern40 $41,950
Raleigh460 $47,250
Rocky Mount30 $41,260
Asheville70 $42,720
Wilmington160 $39,350
Winston-Salem260 $41,580

Sources:

  1. Courses, Central Piedmont Community College, http://www.cpcc.edu/health-human-services/surgical-technology-a45740/program-courses, accessed September 16, 2016.
  2. CST Examinations, The Nation Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, https://nbstsa.org/examinations-cst.html, accessed September 16, 2016.
  3. Surgical Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm, accessed September 16, 2016.

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