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CERTIFIED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST
Daily Tasks
Work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse in providing patient care during surgical procedures. Responsibilities include preparing the operating room, instruments, equipment, and supplies for a surgical procedure. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants. After surgery, they may transport patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room.
Skills/Talents
Communications skills, positive personality, human relations skills, multitasking, self-motivated, ability to work independently, ability to work with a team, professional, flexibility, honesty and caring attitude.
Work Setting
Hospital and outpatient surgical areas.
Work Hours
All shifts, Monday-Friday, with some on-call requirements and weekend work and some holiday coverage.
Education
Graduate of an accredited and/or hospital-approved surgical technology program.
Qualifications
Candidates must maintain certification through the Association of Surgical Technologists and have completed that certification within one year from when hired.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, computer applications, heath education, healthcare sciences, biology, chemistry, algebra and geometry
Minnesota Median Salary
$22.42/hour ($46,813/yr)
certified surgical technologist
REAL LIFE
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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
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Rochester Community and Technical College
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Certified Surgical Technologiest Training Program