Allied Health, Clinical
Surgical Technologists are among the top 20 fastest growing
occupations in Alameda County.
Wages for a Surgical Technologist in the Tri-Valley area range
from $45,760 to $58,580 per year.
Surgical technologists, also called surgical technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologist are members of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Background knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and health is critical. Continual study of recent developments is also very important.
Before an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. They assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment, as well as check and adjust it to ensure it is working properly. Technologists also get patients ready for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Surgical Technologists also observe patients’ vital signs, check charts, and help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.
During surgery, technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room. If this occupation seems to be a fit with your educational and career goals, visit Las Positas College today.
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NOTE: There is an application process for the Surgical Technology Program. For detailed information regarding the application process, please refer to the Surgical Technology Application Packet, which can be downloaded on this webpage or picked up in person at the Office of Allied Health (Building 2100); in the Counseling Office (Building 700); or in the Admission & Records Office (Building 700).