As an entry-level Surgical Technologist, you will perform essential tasks before, during, and after operations. You will work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other key surgical personnel in hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery centers. Surgical Technologists play a critical role in surgical patient care, and you will receive the training and education you need to successfully fill this role while you are a student in the Surgical Technology/Technologist program at Concorde Career Colleges.
There are three major roles for entry-level Surgical Technologists: Scrub, Circulating Assistant, and Second Assisting. Scrub, Circulating Assistant, and Second Assisting Surgical Technologists have primary responsibilities in maintaining the sterile field, being constantly vigilant that all members of the team adhere to proper technique.
The Surgical Technologist in the Scrub role handles instruments, supplies, and medical equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They maintain a sterile environment and anticipate the needs of the surgeon.
The Surgical Technologist in the Circulating Assistant role obtains additional instruments, supplies, and medical equipment while the surgical procedure is in progress. They monitor operating room conditions and assess the needs of the surgical team in order to provide safe patient care.
The Surgical Technologist in the Second Assisting role assists the surgeon and/or surgeon's first assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping, or suturing of tissue. The Second Assisting role is distinct from the surgeon’s first assistant, and may be performed at the same time as the Scrub role.
Students in our Surgical Technology/Technologist program earn their diploma in 12 months.*
*Program length and degree type may vary by campus.
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1 Program last 12 months for a diploma and 19 months for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
2 Program lasts 14 months.