If the prospect of working as part of the operating room team appeals to you, then Surgical Technologist training at Platt College can give you the skills you need for the career you deserve. Working under the authority of the surgeon, you can:
- Ensure the operating room environment is safe and the equipment works properly
- Make sure the procedure is conducted under conditions that protect the patient
- Facilitate the physician’s performance of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures
Our Surgical Technologist program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in basic sciences and teach you the skills and confidence you need to be an asset in the operating room. The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as recommended by its committee on accreditation organization member, The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). *The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 19, 2018.
This program combines classroom lectures, hands-on training in our operatory simulation lab, and clinical rotation hours at local area hospitals and surgery centers. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists.
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career as a Surgical Technologist.
Training to Become a Surgical Technologist
Our Surgical Technologist training can prepare you for a job at hospitals, doctor and dental offices, and outpatient care centers. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take during your Surgical Technologist training include:
- Computer Basics
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fundamentals of Surgical Technology
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used as a Surgical Technologist. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Surgical gowns, masks, and clothing
- Instruments and equipment such as scalpels, retractors, and forceps
- Sponges, sterile dressings and tubing
Our Surgical Technologist program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?
Surgical Technologists are a very important part of the healthcare team. They assist the surgeons and nurses in the operating room by supplying them with the tools and supplies they need before, during and after the procedure. They also prepare the patient and the surgery staff prior to surgery. Surgical Technologist duties can be broken into three categories – preoperative duties, operative duties, and communication.
- Help OR personnel prepare for surgery by assisting with the surgical scrub, donning of the gown and gloves, and assisting with personal protective equipment
- Gathers, checks and opens supplies and equipment, setting them on the back table and Mayo table as needed for the procedure
- Counts all of the sharps, sponges, and instruments with the circulator
- Prepares the patient by draping them and establishing a sterile field
- Secures all cords, tubing, and other sterile accessories
The Surgical Technologist training helps you prepare for your duties in the operating room. As an important member of the OR team, you can be responsible for making sure everything is ready to the procedure to commence while maintaining a sterile environment.
- Prepares additional instruments, equipment, and supplies in anticipation of the surgeon’s needs
- Passes instruments, medication, and other items to the surgeon
- Holds equipment such as retractors as directed by the surgeon
- Sponges or suctions the operative site
- Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon
- Helps coordinate equipment such as surgical cameras and robotic tools
- Prepares sterile dressings or immobilization equipment
- Sterilizes and prepares the OR and equipment for the next patient
- Debriefs with the OR team to ensure quality patient care
Surgical Technologist duties include helping the surgeon and OR team perform a surgical procedure while maintaining a sterile environment. You are a valuable member of the healthcare team and will work closely with each member of the patient’s care team to ensure that the patient receives the best healthcare service possible.
- Review with the OR team the patient’s chart and escorts them to the assigned surgical suite
- Monitors the patient and gives them verbal and tactile reassurance
- Keeps accurate records during the procedure
- Helps transfer the patient to the recovery room and notates the surgeon’s comments and preferences
During your Surgical Technologist training at Platt College, you can learn the foundational skills you need to enter the healthcare industry.
Surgical Technologist Professional Requirements
In order to become a Surgical Technologist, you must have at least 684 didactic hours, 560 clinical hours and 120 cases completed, which you can obtain through the Surgical Technologist program at Platt College. Upon completion of the classes, you can sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists.
Is Surgical Technologist a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Surgical Technologist is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You wish to join the healthcare workforce quickly
- You have the ability to work anywhere around the country
- Every day brings something new
- You like the idea of helping people and are compassionate
If this type of work environment sounds appealing to you, then training as a Surgical Technologist is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Surgical Technologists Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Surgical Technologists currently earn a median salary of $47,300 per year or $22.74 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $69,170*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule, and your individual duties.
The Platt College Surgical Technologist program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Surgical Technologist position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Surgical Technologist Career Outlook
The Surgical Technologist is a fast growing field and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 12% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is faster than average for all occupations.
With advancements in technology, surgeries have been made safer and are being used to treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries. As baby-boomers age, more surgical procedures are expected, increasing the need for Surgical Technologists.
Where Can Surgical Technologists Work?
As a Surgical Technologist, you can find employment in:
- Outpatient care centers
- Doctor’s offices
- Dental offices
As a Surgical Technologist, you need to be able to stand for long periods of time as well as work some evenings, nights and weekends depending on where you have been employed.
Oklahoma Surgical Technologist Associate Degree Program Locations at Platt College
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Surgical Technologist program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Surgical Technologist program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm
Platt College – Oklahoma City North’s Surgical Technologist program is accredited by:
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 19, 2018.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763