Isothermal Community College

Foothills Nursing Consortium

Diploma in Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintaining aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

What is the first step to becoming a Surgical Technologist?

Becoming a Surgical Technologist is a highly demanding, stressful, yet rewarding profession. One must possess a strong ability to multi-task. Someone interested in a career in surgical technology should first research professions, talk to fellow Surgical Technologists, and investigate the textbooks in the library to gain a full understanding of the profession. Surgical Technology is a technical science and being able to think on your feet is very important attribute. The Surgical Technology program is a competitive admissions program. It is recommended that students take as many prerequisite courses as possible prior to acceptance into the actual SurgicalTechnology program making the likelihood of success in the program stronger. While it is not a requirement to complete all course work prior to acceptance, it is a huge help.

What fields or jobs are available for Surgical Technology majors?

  • Central Sterile Processing Management
  • Education
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Medical Sales
  • Operating Room management
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Specialty Hospitals
  • Private Scrub (Surgeon's personal attendant)
  • Surgical Equipment Companies

Who employs Surgical Technology Majors?

  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Hospital operating and delivery rooms
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physicians's offices (outpatient surgery)
  • Sterilization Companies
  • Surgical Manufacturing Companies

How can I know if a Surgical Technology diploma is right for me?

Make an appointment to visit the Office of Learning Support and Retention. A career counseling professional will meet with you to help you assess your interest and abilities in an effort to discover a career path that is right for you. 

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