About this course
The surgical technologist is trained to perform specific functions in the operating room and is a vital member of the surgical team. Surgical technologists prepare supplies, equipment, and assist in preparing patients for surgery. Their duties include preparing the operating room with instruments, equipment, and all sterile supplies required for an operation. The surgical technologist is responsible for passing instruments during surgery, holding retractors, cutting sutures, and counting all instruments, needles and sponges used during an operation. They may also apply post-operative dressings or assist with the application of casts. Surgical technologists also learn how to sterilize instruments. They handle special drugs, solutions, supplies, and equipment used for specific procedures. In addition, they are responsible for helping clean and maintain a safe operating room environment.
Classroom instruction in theory and basic surgical skills is provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, you can gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a number of different hospitals.