People interested in surgical technology should take high school courses in health, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.
Surgical technologists typically need some type of postsecondary education. Accredited programs in surgical technology are in many community colleges and vocational schools. Programs range in length from several months to two years, and they grant a certificate or associate’s degree. Admission typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent.
Surgical technology education includes courses in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, and other topics. Students also work in supervised clinical settings to gain hands-on skills as technologists. In addition, technologists are trained in the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, and preventing and controlling infections.
In 2010, accredited training programs were recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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