How do you become a surgical technician?


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To become a surgical technician, also called a surgical technologist, obtain postsecondary certification or an associate degree. Follow any regulations your state may have for surgical technicians.

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  1. Get the education

    Enroll in an accredited program in surgical technology at a community college, vocational school, university or hospital. You must already have a high school diploma or GED. Program length is from a few months to two years. You should finish with a degree, certificate or diploma. Your classes encompass study in anatomy, medical terminology, pharmacology, patient care, equipment sterilization and more. You also get clinical experience. Show up on time and do the best job possible; your clinical experience could lead to full-time work in the same place.

  2. Obtain certification

    Getting certified by an association such as the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or the National Center for Competency Testing allows you to use official titles. It also lends prestige and credentials to your job search.

  3. Apply for jobs

    Network and look for job openings at hospitals, outpatient care centers and the offices of doctors who do outpatient surgery. Also talk to people at the place or places where you got your clinical experience. If you made a good impression there, you could fill a job opening or get a positive letter of recommendation. Also check with your state for regulations; some states have requirements for surgical technicians.

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