Surgical Technology
Associate of Occupational Science Degree

Train to become a vital part of a surgical team.

The Surgical Technologist program at Glendale Career College trains students the skills to begin working alongside surgeons, registered nurses and other medical professionals as part of the medical team providing care to patients during the crucial periods of surgery.

Surgical Technologists (also known as surgical techs, operating room technicians, and OR techs) assist in surgical operations, preparing operating rooms and helping surgeons, nurses, and doctors before and during surgical procedures.

Graduates of this program earn their Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree and are qualified to work in surgical centers, delivery rooms, and medical clinics and may be employed as a member of an operating room team.

Thanks to advances in medical technology, surgery is safer, and more people are having operations to treat a number of illnesses and injuries. Also, the number of people with access to health insurance is projected to increase because of federal health insurance reform, which should lead to a greater need for surgical services, too. As a result, there is a growing demand for trained Surgical Technologists.

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Surgical Technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.

Before an operation, Surgical Technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning the patients on the operating table, covering them with sterile drapes, and taking them to and from the operating room. Surgical Technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

Surgical Technologists typically perform the following tasks:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery.
  • Sterilizing equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
  • Readying patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
  • Helping surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
  • Counting supplies, such as sponges and instruments.
  • Maintaining a sterile environment.

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