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Surgical technicians, also called surgical technologists, work in the operating rooms of hospitals, clinics, or other surgical facilities under the supervision of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other surgical personnel. Technologists' responsibilities include the preparation, handling and maintenance of surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment. They are trained in the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and surgical techniques, and they are responsible for maintaining a sterile, safe surgical environment during procedures.

Wisconsin Surgical Technician Schools

Accredited surgical technology programs in Wisconsin offer a technical diploma or an associate degree. Degree programs require general-education coursework on top of professional and clinical training in surgical technology, and they typically take at least two years to complete. Diploma programs typically are shorter in duration and require less general-education coursework.

  • Chippewa Valley Technical College: The CVTC program in Eau Claire is a Technical Diploma program that takes approximately one year to complete. It is fully accredited and qualifies graduates to sit for certification exams.

  • Madison Area Technical College: The Madison College program is a diploma program designed to be complete in two semesters. The program does require, however, that applicants complete pre-requisite courses in anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, and written communication before beginning the program.

  • Mid-State Technical College: The Mid-State program is a Diploma program designed to be complete in three semesters.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College: The MATC program awards graduates an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology. The program requires 68 hours of coursework, including 27 hours of general studies requirements.

  • Moraine Park Technical College: This AAS program is designed to be completed in four terms, or approximately two years. Applicants to the program must complete pre-requisite courses in anatomy and physiology before beginning the surgical technology program.

  • Northcentral Technical College: This diploma program typically takes three terms to complete, including the completion of pre-requisite courses in anatomy/physiology and medical terminology.

  • Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College: This program, located in Green Bay, offers a diploma and may be completed in three semesters.

  • Western Technical College: This five-semester program in La Crosse culminates in an AAS degree. Applicants must complete anatomy/physiology pre-requisite before beginning the program.

What to Expect from Wisconsin Surgical Technician Schools

Wisconsin's surgical technology programs train participants in surgical, medical, and healthcare topics. The subjects covered in the professional portions of these programs include:

  • Microbiology
  • Anesthesia/pharmacology
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Clinical procedures
  • Patient care
  • Surgical techniques
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology

Degree-granted programs typically require more general-education coursework than Diploma programs do. The additional requirements generally include:

  • College-level math
  • English
  • Communications
  • General-education electives

Wisconsin Surgical Technician Certification

Surgical technologists do not need to hold a license from the state of Wisconsin to practice in the state. Professional certification, however, is generally required for a technologist to qualify for employment in most clinical settings. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administers the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification, the credential accepted as the industry standard. In order to be allowed to sit for the certification exams, candidates must have graduated from a surgical technology training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Resources for Surgical Technicians in Wisconsin

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More Wisconsin 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
Madison
Associates
15,410
Milwaukee
Associates
14,012
Green Bay
Associates
11,488
Kenosha
Associates
9,166
Pewaukee
Associates
7,696
Eau Claire
Associates
7,134
Wausau
Associates
5,167
Fond du Lac
Associates
5,012
La Crosse
Associates
4,108
Wisconsin Rapids
Associates
2,749
Milwaukee
Associates
267

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Surgical Technologists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Wisconsin. 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
Appleton110 $49,960
Janesville-Beloit60 $52,170
Eau Claire140 $54,480
Green Bay150 $49,160
Madison210 $56,920
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis770 $56,320
Oshkosh-Neenah90 $50,420
RacineN/A N/A
Sheboygan40 $51,190
Wausau100 $52,680

Sources:

  1. Surgical Technology, Chippewa Valley Technical College, https://www.cvtc.edu/CVTC/media/Documents/Academics/Program-Accreditation/surgical-technologist.pdf
  2. Surgical Technology, Madison Area Technical College, https://madisoncollege.edu/program/surgical-technologist
  3. Surgical Technology, Mid-State Technical College, http://www.mstc.edu/programsclasses/surgical-technologist-accreditation-outcomes
  4. Surgical Technology, Milwaukee Area College, http://www.matc.edu/student/offerings/2015-2016/degrees/surgical_technology.cfm
  5. Surgical Technology, Moraine Park Technical College, http://www.morainepark.edu/programs-and-courses/programs-of-study/?ProgramTitle=Surgical+Technology
  6. Surgical Technology, Northcentral Technical College, https://www.ntc.edu/programs-courses/all/technical-diplomas/surgical-technologist
  7. Surgical Technology, Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College, https://infograph.venngage.com/publish/3b129d94-db07-4690-bdd1-86083aeb8881
  8. Surgical Technology, Western Technical College, https://www.westerntc.edu/surgical-technology

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