Tasks for a surgical technician might include readying patients for surgery, preparing operating rooms for surgery, sterilizing and stocking surgery equipment and supplies, tallying supplies, handing instruments to surgeons during operations, and maintaining a sterile environment.
Most surgical technologists hold some type of postsecondary award, whether it's an associate degree or a certification from an accredited program. Below is a school that offers surgical technology programs in the state of Wyoming:
Most Wyoming surgical tech programs will probably provide a combination of general skills building and technical knowledge coursework, and may also require a set amount of in-field education. You can expect the program to take anywhere from several months to two years to fully complete. Coursework will likely vary from program to program, but several basic skills will almost certainly be a focus, including:
In terms of technical knowledge coursework, surgical technology education will most likely involve biology, medical terminology, anatomy, and pharmacology courses, among other topics. Specific training in preventing and controlling infections if they were to occur, ensuring the care and safety of patients, ways to sterilize equipment, as well as preparing technical or robotic equipment may also be involved.
Certification for a surgical technologist is not mandatory in the state of Wyoming. It is, however, mandatory in the states of Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. As it can demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the diverse job responsibilities involved in this career, employers may be more likely to employ applicants with any additional certification.
When it comes to national certification, surgical technicians have a few different options. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting grants the "Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)" title. It involves completing an accredited program as well as passing an exam.
Surgical technicians may also seek certification through the National Center for Competency Testing which offers the "Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT)" certification. Prospective surgical techs may decide this certification path is more appealing, as it does not require completing an accredited formal education program. Applicants can qualify instead through work experience and military training, as well as other paths. It does, however, require passing an exam and testing essential skills.
In order to maintain certification for both the NCCT as well as the CST titles, surgical techs must complete regular continuing education goals or their title will be revoked.
Prospective surgical technicians may also want to seek certification in CPR, basic life support, or both as many jobs require those in the position to be certified in these areas.
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 Wyoming. 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.
2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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