Surgical technician education combines theory and clinical practice. It prepares the student to become a member of the healthcare team and learn to assist surgeons, physicians, registered nurses and other members of the medical team.  Students learn to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

Surgical technician education may include some of the following courses and subjects:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • professional ethics
  • medical terminology
  • patient care
  • sterile techniques
  • fundamentals of surgical technology

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Additional surgical technician courses can include:

  • how to set up technical or robotic equipment
  • preventing and controlling infections
  • basic operative procedures
  • advanced surgical procedures
  • applied surgical techniques

Supervised clinical practice in the operating room may include topics such as:

  • procedures in general surgery
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • ophthalmology
  • otorhinolaryngology
  • plastic surgery
  • urology
  • orthopedics
  • neurosurgery
  • thoracic surgery
  • cardiovascular and peripheral vascular surgery
Information on this pagesummarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Surgical Technologists,      
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Surgical technologist," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,
(3) O*Net Online,
Summary Report for: 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists,
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