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Why Should I Become a Surgical Technician?

Surgical Technology is an exciting medical field to be in.  It is rewarding and challenging.  It gives you pride in knowing that you have helped a patient in many forms.

A scrub, also called "scrub tech,"is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care. They possess knowledge and skills in sterile and aseptic techniques. There are few mandatory professional requirements for surgical technologists, and the scope of practice varies widely across countries and jurisdictions. Surgical technologists attend junior colleges and technical schools, The goal is for surgical technologists to be able to anticipate the next move the surgeon is going to make in order to make the procedure as smooth and efficient as possible. They do this by having the knowledge of hundreds of surgical procedures, instruments, and the steps the surgeon needs to take in order to complete the procedure including the very wide range of surgical instruments they may need. Specialties can include but are not limited to the following-gu/gyn, urology, ent, plastics, general, orthopedics, neurology, and cardiovascular. With only a minimum of education they are very specialized professionals. In the United States, surgical technology students become a surgical technologist or ST and then are required to be certified by NBSTSA – National Board for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. Once a ST is certified the credential will be a CST – Certified Surgical Technologist.  You will work under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurse (RN), or other surgical personnel (such as a more senior technologists), to help ensure that the operating roomand environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They handle the instruments, scrubs, medications, and other supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They perform basic tasks such as checking patients' medical charts and consent forms, and preparing sterile dressings. Surgical Technologists also train other OR personnel such as new technologists.There are programs out there that have the curriculum set up to achieve an Associates Degree.  Here at CHCP – The College of Health Care Professions we offer such a program. 

The Surgical Technology field is recognized by AST – Association of Surgical Technologists by having a Surgical Technology Week which is September 21st thru the 27th, 2014.  In addition to this there is a yearly conference held in different places throughout the United States.

When you go for an interview either during the externship phase or post graduation the dress attire should be conservative professional. 

So with all this being said……….come on in to CHCP and speak with an admissions representative and find your new career!!