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.
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.
Wisconsin's surgical technology programs train participants in surgical, medical, and healthcare topics. The subjects covered in the professional portions of these programs include:
Degree-granted programs typically require more general-education coursework than Diploma programs do. The additional requirements generally include:
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).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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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.
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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