Surgical technicians work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other surgical personnel. In surgical settings, the job responsibilities of surgical technologists include handling of equipment, instruments, and supplies used during surgical procedures. Technologists may be required to verify, count, and set up instruments, hand instruments to surgical personnel, and prepare the operating room for procedures. They must be familiar with operating room procedures and know how to perform their duties in a sterile environment.
Surgical technology programs in Ohio prepare students to obtain professional certification and to work as surgical techs in clinical settings. Programs are typically between nine and 15 months long for certificate programs and two years for Associate degree programs.
Surgical tech programs in Ohio train students to work in a surgical environment, assisting and working under the supervision of surgical personnel. Surgical techs learn how to work in sterile and aseptic settings, prepare the sterile field, prepare sterile dressings, and clean instruments.
Students in surgical tech programs should expect classroom and clinical experience in various surgical topics, including:
In order to work in the state of Ohio, surgical techs must be Certified Surgical Technologists (CST). In order to obtain this credential, candidates must complete an accredited surgical technology program and then successfully complete the CST examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
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 Ohio. 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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