Medical Surgical Technology Career Overview
Southwestern Illinois College’s Medical Surgical Technology program prepares students to gain theoretical knowledge and develop skills necessary to become a Certified Medical Surgical Technologist. Medical Surgical Technologist prepares surgical supplies and equipment, maintain aseptic technique and sterile conditions, and assist the surgical team in peri-operative settings.
Medical Surgical Technologist:
- Communicate professionally, empathically, and in a culturally-competent manner to enhance the healthcare setting via oral, written, and electronic means.
- Demonstrate critical thinking during peri-operative and emergency processes and procedures.
- Administer surgical technology care in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Demonstrate responsibility for professional self-development and lifelong learning within the healthcare profession.
Areas of work
- General surgery
- Orthopedics surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Colon and rectal surgery
- Gynecology and obstetrics surgery
- Gynecologic oncology
- Neurologic surgery
- Ophthalmic surgery
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Podiatry surgery
- Transplant recovery
The Association of Surgical Technologist web site provides surgical technologist resources for students.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides additional information.
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST WORK IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS, INCLUDING:
- Outpatient surgery centers
- Privately-owned surgical departments/doctor’s office
- Organ procurement
AVERAGE STARTING SALARY
The median annual full-time starting salary for a Certified Surgical Technologist is $23.32 per hour or $48,510 per year. (Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook May of 2021).