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.

Ohio Surgical Technician Schools

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.

  • Columbus State Community College: CSCC offers both a three-semester surgical tech certificate program and a five-semester Associate of Applied Science degree program.

  • Cuyahoga Community College: The four-semester program at Tri-C culminates in an AAS degree and includes extensive clinical experience.

  • North Central State Community College: NC State offers a certificate option in surgical tech, and recipients of the certificate may continue in an AAS program in Health Services Technology.

  • Central Ohio Technical College: COTC offers both a one-year certificate option and a two-year AAS option in its surgical tech program.

  • University of Akron: UA's School of Allied Health offers a fully accredited AAS degree program. The school's facilities include surgical labs at its main campus and the Medina County University Center.

  • Sinclair College: The surgical tech program at Sinclair College offers both an AAS degree in surgical tech and certificate options in Sterile Processing Technician and Tissue Banking Technology.

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College: Cincinnati State offers an AAS degree program in surgical tech. The school also offers a Surgical Technology First Assistant certificate program for experienced surgical technologists.

What to Expect from Ohio Surgical Technician Schools

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:

  • Anatomy
  • Surgical procedures
  • Sterile and aseptic techniques
  • Instrument operation and implementation

Ohio Surgical Technician License

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).

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Ohio


  1. Surgical Technology, Columbus State Community College, http://www.cscc.edu/academics/departments/surgical-technology/
  2. Surgical Technology, Cuyahoga Community College, http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/health-careers/surgical-technology/
  3. Surgical Technology, North Central State College, https://www.ncstatecollege.edu/cms/certificates/surgical-technology.html
  4. Surgical Technology, COTC, http://www.cotc.edu/Academics/surgical-technology#
  5. Surgical Technology, University of Akron, https://www.uakron.edu/allied-health/surgical-tech/
  6. Surgical Technology, Sinclair College, https://www.sinclair.edu/academics/divisions/hs/sut/
  7. Surgical Technology, Cincinnati State, http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/real-world-academics/academics/health-and-public-safety/copy44_of_bt_program_template/program
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Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

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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.

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Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Akron 190 $41,130
Canton-Massillon 100 $39,890
Cleveland-Elyria 1160 $41,440
Columbus 620 $39,930
Dayton 310 $48,490
Lima 50 $39,280
Toledo 220 $43,500

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