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Career Profiles: Surgical Technologist

What do they do?

Surgical techs or operation room technicians, assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery with surgical instruments, equipment, sterile drapes and sterile solutions.  They also assist doctors by handing them needed instruments during surgery and for counting sponges and needles before and after the operation.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, surgical centers and physician offices.

Educational Requirements

Many vocational and community colleges offer programs in operating room technology, some leading to an associate's degree.  Programs are usually 2 years in length.  After training, students must pass an examination by the Association of Surgical Technologists to become certified.

More Information

  • Association of Surgical Technologists
    7108-C South Alton Way
    Englewood, CO 80112
    303-694-9130
    http://www.ast.org

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