Successful completion of the 11-month program provides the graduate with:
- Proficiency in applying the principles of anatomy, physiology and microbiology.
- Knowledge and understanding of chemicals, solutions, common medications and terminology
used in surgery.
- Practical experience in providing patient care and safety measures pertinent to the
- Understanding of communication and human relations, team building skills, professional
and personal ethics and required procedures within health care institutions.
- Understanding and proficiency of the techniques and procedures of surgical asepsis,
operating room equipment and surgical instrumentation in each of the body systems.
- Awareness of the importance of compliance with the standards and recommended practices/procedures
of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).
The top pay scale for surgical technologists is around $18 to $20 per hour; in the
Fort Worth area, starting pay per hour averages from $14 to $17.
Surgical technology job opportunities are available in:
- Surgery rooms
- Labor and delivery
- Central services
- Day surgeries
- Medical equipment companies
- Private physicians
Healthcare Professions Division
Updated August 26, 2013