Surgical Technology

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks


Professional Organizations
Visit the following Web sites to learn more about surgical technology:
Association of Surgical Technologists
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

Surgical technology is a rewarding and challenging career. Surgical technologists are mainly employed in operating rooms where they assume many different roles and responsibilities. They work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse in providing patient care during surgical procedures.

Surgical technologists may assume the role of the scrub person, circulator, or first assistant. The responsibilities of the surgical technologist include preparing the operating room, instruments, equipment, and supplies for a surgical procedure. Surgical technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants during surgery. After surgery, they may transport patients to recovery room, clean, and restock the operating room. Surgical technologists are experts in sterile technique, and help maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient.