The Surgical Technologist Program will prepare students to become an integral part of the surgical team in a variety of perioperative settings. Students will develop an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, surgical procedures, and safe and effective conditions required for surgery. Through laboratory and hands-on practice, they will learn procedures for creating and maintaining sterile conditions, setting up the operating room, and the preparation of equipment and instruments in advance of surgery. They will also study medical law and ethics, communication skills and health psychology, in order to be capable of delivering patient-centered care.
As a health professional whose primary duty is assisting and attending the surgeon, a surgical technologist usually works under pressure – with focused concentration, speed and accuracy – for extended periods of time. The integrative approach at Swedish Institute will prepare students in our Surgical Technologist Program to work in this important field while caring for themselves as well as for their patients.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST CAREERS
The Surgical Technologist Program is a 94.50 quarter-credit hour program. Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Occupational Studies Degree with a concentration in surgical technology.
Graduates may work in a variety of settings, such as hospital surgical department, outpatient surgical centers, physician’s offices, and ambulatory surgical centers, as well as in the private sector in medical sales, product development and education.