Surgical Technology in the Spotlight…Part 2

surgical technology training program What to look for in Surgical Technician training

Does the job of a surgical technologist sound interesting to you? There are several options available for training for this career field. Search for a training program at a career training school near you, or possibly at your local community college. Be sure that the program you choose is accredited, and that it has a Career Services Department with a high job placement rate for its graduates.

While in school, your curriculum will cover the key concepts, techniques, and practices that a surg tech needs on the job, such as:

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • What it means to create a sterile field
  • Sterilization techniques
  • What to expect during surgical procedures
  • Surgical set-ups for common and specialized operations

It is also important to find a training program that allows you to participate in an externship. An externship or internship is an unpaid placement in a real job setting that gives you on-the-job experience before you graduate. This can be a great way to boost your confidence in your new skills and add real experience to your resume.

Most training programs can be completed in less than one year’s time. Be sure to ask about this before you enroll in a program.

Job Opportunities for Surgical Technologists

Where do surgical technicians find work? They can work in a variety of healthcare facilities that have operating rooms, such as hospitals, surgical centers, outpatient procedure centers, and specialty hospitals. It is a job where you can expect to spend most of your working hours on your feet. You need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where you need to follow strict protocols, pay attention to details, take directions from others, and work as a team member.

The Harris School of Business wishes to show our appreciation for all the surgical technicians in the workforce today, and thank them for their dedication to making surgical procedures safer for patients.


Parts 1 and 2 of this article were provided by the Harris School of Business. We are proud to offer a Surgical Technology training program at our campuses in Dover, Delaware and Voorhees, New Jersey, which is located just 20 minutes from Philadelphia. If you want to learn more, give us a call, stop by to see us, or contact us online. We would love to hear from you!