Surgical Technician

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Occupation Description

Surgical technologists help in operations under the direction of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical workers. They often assist in the set-up of the operating room, preparation and transport of individuals for surgery, setting of lights and apparatus, pass instruments and other articles to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

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Required Education

Postsecondary non-degree award
Specific Programs:
Associates of Science in Surgical Technology
Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program

Required Work Experience


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