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September 16 - 22, 2012
Each year, National Surgical Technologist Week is an opportunity to promote the profession and educate the community about the vital role that surgical technologists play in the OR.
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who 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 environment is safe, that equipment
functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that
maximize patient safety. 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.
Surgical technologists graduate from surgical technology programs accredited through
ARC/STSA, a collaborative effort of AST and ACS, by CAAHEP. CAAHEP is a
recognized accreditation agency of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
(CHEA). In addition, surgical technology programs are located in educational institutions
that are institutionally accredited by agencies recognized by the United States
Department of Education (USDE) or The Joint Commission. The ARC/STSA is also a
member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
Certification is conferred by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical
Assisting (NBSTSA). Initial certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is
based upon satisfactory performance on the national certifying examination following
completion of an accredited program in surgical technology. CSTs maintain their
certification by earning 60 hours of approved continuing education in a four-year period
or by successfully retaking the certifying examination at the conclusion of the four-year
Surgical Technologist Week is a week set aside to say thanks and show support for all our Surgical Technologists!