Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Stautzenberger College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.
The Surgical Technology program is now offered at both the Maumee and Brecksville Campus! Enroll today.
What is a Surgical Technician?
A Surgical Technician, also referred to as an Operating Room Technician, assists with all manner of operating room (OR) procedures and patient care. They are critical to pre-operative processes and ensure the sterilization of equipment and the room itself. As a part of their pre-operative duties, this position will organize equipment and carefully prepare for surgery to begin. Surgical Technicians are also fundamental to Intraoperative procedures. During surgery, they will often prepare and administer medications, assist in retracting tissues and pass surgical tools to the surgeon or surgical assistant. Finally, Surgical Techs are called upon in the postoperative to apply bandages and assist in removing patients from the OR. In many cases, they will also participate in sterilizing and disposing of equipment after surgery is complete.
Surgical Technicians are an important and valued part of overall patient care. This fast-paced position is a key part of the operating room (OR) staff and must anticipate the needs of both surgeons and the patients they care for.
What Career Options are Available as a Surgical Technician?
Surgical technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Their duties include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery and preparing surgical equipment.
Surgical Technicians primarily work in hospitals as part of the operating room (OR) staff. While most Surgical Technicians work in general surgery, some may specialize in specific surgical areas such as cardiology, neurosurgery, organ transplantation, plastic surgery or pediatric surgery. This exciting career is a great fit for detail-oriented individuals who thrive in a fast-paced, think-on-your-feet environment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Surgical Technologists in Ohio are expected to increase more than 9% between 2016 and 2026.1
How do I Start a Surgical Technician AAS Program?
Surgical Technology offers a rewarding career. To enter this field, one of the best paths is through an accredited program. At Stautzenberger College, we offer a Surgical Technology Associate Degree program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program also includes an externship in a healthcare setting before graduation, providing real-world work experience to aid in your successful transition into the field.
Our instructors have worked in the medical field for years, so they incorporate real-life examples into their lessons. Before you graduate, you will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned in a healthcare setting and work with trained professionals who could even become your future employers.
Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
All of us here at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 18 months
39% of the program can be taken online (learn more)
1onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2055.00, retrieved 4/28/2020
Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program includes an externship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation, providing real-world work experience.
Surgical technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Their duties include setting up the operating room, preparing patients for surgery and preparing surgical equipment. During surgery they may pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help manage surgical instruments and supplies.
Demand for surgical technologists is expected to grow by 14% with 24,600 new job openings through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16