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

Students in Lakeland's surgical technology program:

  • Learn surgical instrumentation and equipment.
  • Learn how to establish and maintain a sterile field for safe surgical procedures.
  • Study safe, perioperative patient care.
  • Study surgical procedures in over 14 specialties.
  • Learn how to anticipate the needs of their surgeon.
  • Develop a strong surgical conscience.
  • Learn correct sterilization methods of surgical items.

 Students will benefit from learning from program instructors who are Certified Surgical Technologists and have extensive experience in the field. 

Learning takes place in Lakeland's perioperative learning lab, which includes a modern classroom, mock operating room, scrub room and sterile processing areas. 

Successful students earn clinical rotations at top hospitals to gain direct experience in the working surgical environment.

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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