Surgical Technologists are integral members of the operating room team who work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist and registered nurse delivering direct patient care before, during, and immediately after surgery. Surgical Technologists act as primary scrub persons who handle the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary for the completion of the surgical procedure. These well educated and highly skilled individuals must anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care. Some specific duties include passing instruments, sutures, sponges, and equipment during the operative procedure. Preparation of the operating room and equipment before surgery, plus cleanup of these items after surgery are also duties that Surgical Technologists perform.
In order to work in Surgical Technology one must be able to move, lift a minimum of 75lbs., and transport both patients and equipment and have the manual dexterity to efficiently handle instruments in a sterile manner.
Clinical shall be educational in nature. Student shall not be substituted for personnel during the time of clinical while in the Southeast Technical Institute Surgical Technology Program. All Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel with the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologists.
Please see Academic Handbook for the Health & Human Services Programs for additional/adjusted rules, regulations and policies regarding your program.
Note: This degree requires the use of a third generation or newer iPad with a keyboard and stylus, which you’ll need to purchase on your own. (Please see Technology Requirements for additional information.)