Surgical Technologist, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for Surgical Technologist Degree

Surgical Technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Students working in the Surgical Tech Lab

Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Award Options for Surgical Technologist Degree

Associate in Applied Science - Surgical Technology (63 hours)
Surgical Technologist with their AAS Degree will have the same job responsibilities in the OR in the scrub role. Job opportunities are expanded into different roles. With the Degree you could manage a Sterile Processing Department, go into medical device sales or even teach in a Surgical Technology Program. The AAS Degree in Surgical Technology is rapidly becoming the preferred entry level for employers.

Diploma - Surgical Technology (46 hours)
Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology Diploma the student will have the necessary skills to enter the operating room. The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.

Certificate - Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (30 hours)
Prepares students to perform all aspects of sterile processing functions and distribution of basic surgical instruments.

Job Outlook for Surgical Technologist Degree

Employment opportunities for credentialed CRCST's, CST's, and CST/CFAs are in such areas as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, central supply departments, physician clinics and dental offices. Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 19 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations, as the volume of surgeries increases. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary surgical technologists were $39,920 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,490 and $46,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,100, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,330.

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

General Information
Please contact if you have general questions about CAAHEP

ARC/STSA: Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655