Millions of people have surgery performed on them yearly. Surgeries can range from vital heart transplants to low-risk and common procedures. The success of these procedures relies on more than just surgeons. For a procedure to be a success it often requires a full team of trained medical staff members. A major position in nearly all surgical teams is the surgical technologist. What is a surgical technologist?
Surgical technologists work in hospitals and clinics around the world. While tasks may vary due to the needs of the operating staff, surgical technologists provide a variety of tasks to assist surgeons performing an operation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technologists work before, during and after a surgery.
What Surgical Technologists Do Prior to an operation, surgical technologists help prepare the operating room. Some common tasks include prepping surgical instruments and equipment, preparing sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. Technologists may also prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes. Technologists also help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm.
During a surgery, surgical technologists can pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. They may hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Surgical technologists help prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings. Some operate sterilizers, lights, or suction machines, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm#tab-2.
The Surgical Technology Program at SVSTI has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
SVSTI has a Consortium Agreement with VIP Surgicare LLC and therefore our
Institutional Accreditation Consortium Agency is AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities). https://www.aaaasf.org/
We will apply for our own institutional accreditation once we have been approved for programmatic accreditation.
You will be required to have a background check before placement. (depends on site) If you do not pass the background test you will not be placed at a clinical site and will be dropped from the Surgical Technology and/or Sterile Processing Programs.
You will be required by a clinical site to have a drug test before placement. (depends on site) If you do not pass drug test you will not be placed at a clinical site and will be dropped from the Surgical Technology and/or the Sterile Processing Programs.
A surgical technologist, also called a scrub, scrub tech, surgical technician, or operating room technician, is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care. Surgical technologists are members of the surgical team
Many healthcare careers require several years of schooling before being qualified to start working. Fortunately, this isn’t the case for surgical techs. Most employers require a postsecondary Certificate or Associate’s degree to work in this position.
Assists in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Our Surg Tech Program will prepare you for real-world situations. SVSTI is a Surgical Tech School like no other and is located in San Jose, CA
SVSTI's Surgical Technology Program's expectations are to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
SVSTI’s Institutional Student Learning Outcomes illustrate the entire institution’s commitment to ensuring that all graduates demonstrate proficiency in the following: (ISLO’s)
SVSTI’s Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes are listed below: (PSLO’s)
Upon completion of this program students will be able;
1-Identify the basic principles of aseptic technique & Surgical procedures.
2-Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to be a competent Surgical Technologist in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient surgical facilities and other appropriate medical sites.
3-Demonstrate critical thinking, information management, professional and personal development, communication skills, respect and responsibility.
SVSTI’s course content is developed in alignment with specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).
Upon completion of this program students will be able to;
Identify the basic principles of aseptic technique. (Psychomotor)
Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of basic instruments, surgical equipment, and basic Surgical procedures and Medical Terminology (Psychomotor)
Demonstrate responsibility, self-discipline, and surgical conscience. (Affective)
Apply basic understanding of Anatomy & Physiology & appropriate medical terminology. (Cognitive)
Perform fundamental concepts of intermediate procedures, patient positioning, and surgical draping (Psychomotor)
Identify instruments/equipment/supplies needed for the surgical procedure (Psychomotor)
Demonstrate responsibility, self-discipline, and surgical conscience & communication to the surgical team (Affective)
Apply basic understanding of Anatomy & Physiology, Ethics & appropriate medical terminology. (Cognitive)
Perform advanced applications of surgical procedures (Psychomotor)
Identify pharmacological agents and their purpose in surgery
Identify various types of anesthesia used in surgery
Demonstrate effective communication skills with appropriate surgical staff (Affective)
Apply basic understanding of Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Human Behavior, Ethics, Pharmacology & appropriate Medical Terminology (Cognitive)
Upon completion of the Surgical Technology program, graduates will also be able to:
Complete eligibility requirements for the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists
Demonstrate knowledge of surgical technology skills by successfully accomplishing controlled learning activities
Employ information obtained from biological, social and psychological studies
Obtain and use knowledge in providing culturally fitting patient care
Apply acquired skills and knowledge within the clinical setting
Practice surgical asepsis in diverse clinical backgrounds
Function as a surgical team member to deliver excellence in patient care
Demonstrate the development and consistent application of a surgical conscience
Practice accountability, competence, and character demonstrative of a trained professional
Practice ownership of learning and maintain responsibility and self-discipline to appraise and incorporate continued learning
Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life
Demonstrate the social skills, professional appearance, attitudes and behavior that employers expect of all SVSTI graduates
This Program is the hands-on application of the concepts and theory studied in Cengage & MindTap. Students learn and apply the basic principles of aseptic technique, basic surgical sanitation, disinfection and sterilization. The focus will be on surgical instrumentation preparation and sterilization; proper technique for surgical hand scrub, gowning, gloving, sterile field set-up and maintenance. Identification of instrumentation by function and use; draping, equipment names and use, safety precautions, and introduction to surgical procedures.Demonstrate proficiency in intermediate surgical skills to include: surgical case management, identify and correct sterility breaks, set up in appropriate time, and complete case in a logical sequence. Intermediate surgical procedures; application of fundamental concepts of Surgical Technology, preparation of the patient in surgery, pre-op and post-op duties, patient positioning, intermediate instrumentation, suture use and identification, drain use and identification.
SVSTI San Jose
We try to bring real life to the lab at SVSTI. We have Celia the Operative Experience C-Section Simulator that will allow students to experience real life like deliveries and handling blood and fluids.
California Annual Wages for 2018
(25th percentile) $50,367
(50th percentile) $61,182
(75th percentile) $74,200
Quick Facts: Surgical Technologists
$47,300 per year
$22.74 per hour
Postsecondary nondegree award
12% (Faster than average)
Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals. They spend much of their time on their feet.
Surgical technologists typically need a post-secondary non-degree award or an associate’s degree. Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists.
The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $47,300 in May 2018. (National)
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:
Employment (1) 110,160
RSE (3) 1.1%
Mean hourly wage $23.58
Mean annual wage (2) $49,040
Wage RSE (3) 0.3%
Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:
Percentile Hourly Wage
Annual Wage (2)
50% (Median) $47,300