A-B Tech LIVE! Surgical Technology

Selective Admission to Allied Health programs including Surgical Technology is open now and closes March 6. Apply now to start classes in Fall 2020.

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Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesia providers, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care during a surgical procedure. They work under the direct supervision of a surgeon.

Students who successfully complete the program at A-B Tech and pass the CST National Certification Exam can become a certified surgical technologist. Over the past five years, A-B Tech graduates have had a 100 percent pass and job placement rate.

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Student Kaleigh Unterreiner talks about why she studies Surgical Technology

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The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a quality essential to CSTs. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility and concern for order are required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital, along with the ability to see what happens on the operating table without being queasy.


Student Chris Israel speaks about his experience in Surgical Technology

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Before the operation, the certified surgical technologist (CST) prepares the operating room (OR) by supplying it with the proper supplies and instruments.


A small part of getting prepared for surgery

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During the operation, CSTs have the primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field and anticipating their surgeon's needs. In order that surgery may proceed smoothly, CSTs possess an understanding of the surgery being performed so they may pass instruments and provide needed items in a prompt and efficient manner.


Surgical Technology students demonstrating tasks in the operating room

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After the operation, CSTs are responsible for accounting for all items used in a surgery (sponges, needles, instruments, etc.), applying dressings, patient care in preparation for transport, post-procedure instrument care, and preparing their assigned OR for subsequent cases.