When it comes to careers in health care, surgical technology is one of the "hidden" jobs that you may not think of right away. But it is an incredibly important health care job.

Surgical technologists work closely in a team with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel to give patients care before, during and after surgery.

A surgical technologists' main responsibility is to maintain the sterile field and ensure that the surgical team adheres to sterile techniques. Surgical technologists also prepare, setup and handle the instruments, supplies and equipment that are used in surgical procedures. He or she also monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assess the needs of the entire surgical team.

Some good traits to have if you are thinking of becoming a surgical technician are:

  • Being straightforward – someone who "does the right thing"
  • Detail oriented, hands on and multitasking
  • Team player
  • Interested in anatomy

A bachelor's degree is not required to work in surgical technology. However, a fast track into the field is available for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology. Also, if you have earned credits at another college, many times those credits will transfer to Lakeland. Have your official transcripts sent to the counseling center and make an appointment with a counselor.

If you want to learn more, talk it out with our program director to learn about how to become a surgical technologist and be on your way to a great job in health care.

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Learn more about surgical technology.

The RNFA Basic Course (NURS2752) is offered in June and October each year. See Schedule - You will need a Lakeland student IT (LID) in order to register for this course.

The diadactic RNFA offering is a 5-day intensive section followed by your 120-hr independent internship at your home facility. Lakeland does not arrange or sign affiliation agreements for your internship.

After you are officially registered you will receive a credentialing packet in your email with additional information. Hotel and travel information will be included.

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