How to Become a Certified Surgical Technologist

how to become surgical technologist

Certified Surgical Technologist Requires Education, Certification

A certified surgical technologist does so many things that it’s little wonder that the role necessitates training. Here’s how you can be a certified surgical technologist:

  • Possess close attention to detail. A “surgical tech” may:
    • Prepare patients for surgery
    • Help doctors during surgery, such as passing them tools and surgical supplies
    • Count supplies such as sponges and instruments
    • Maintain a sterile surgical environment
  • Be able to listen to directions very carefully. Naturally, a certified surgical technologist must do exactly as the surgical team wants for the best patient outcome.
  • Convey a caring, sincere bedside manner. Surgical techs should provide emotional support to patients, who may feel fear, anger, sadness or any number of emotions.
  • Understand and display teamwork. The surgical tech should work well with the other members of the surgical team so they can focus on the patient’s wellbeing and outcomes. There’s no room for one-upping and showboating in a surgical room. The team must work as a seamless unit to improve the experience for patients, both in the success of the surgery itself and how the patient feels about it afterwards.
  • Complete coursework from a school with a certified surgical technologist program. To know how to work in this role, completing such a program is vital. This is not the kind of work one can learn on the job. A school teaching surgical tech skills will cover every aspect of the role so that the candidate is adequately prepared and confident in the operating room–and beyond.
  • Pass the certification exam. Working as a certified surgical technologist–of course–requires certification. Completing a surgical tech program provides ample preparation for passing the exam.
  • Be willing to work in any of several arenas. Certified surgical technologist can find work in surgical units, ambulatory surgical centers, specialty surgical centers and surgeons’ offices. The variety of settings can help the surgical technologist stay nimble in the field.
  • Work with a career counselor. Since the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for the certified surgical technologist should grow quickly in the next few years, graduates from training programs won’t have to worry about finding a job. After passing their certification exam, they may need assistance in narrowing down their options. Career counseling can help them determine where they most want to work and how to successfully apply and obtain employment.