Surgical Technologists are an integral part of medical practitioners' team providing surgical care to patients in hospital operating rooms, outpatient clinics, and similar environments. Surgical Technologists assist during surgical operations and procedures, working as part of the health care team alongside physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, and other medical professionals in the operating room.
The Surgical Technologist program at Swedish Institute provides students with the knowledge and hands-on training that helps prepare them for entry into this in-demand field and be an integral part of the surgical team in various perioperative settings.
The Surgical Technologist program is available in a 94.5-quarter (21 months) course sequence. Swedish Institute's Surgical Technologist classes are held during weekday daytime hours so that you can begin your career as a Surgical Technologist in as little as 21 months.
We teach our Surgical Technologist students the core competencies that will make them successful in a team environment, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively with surgeons, nurses, healthcare teams, patients, and their families. As a Surgical Technologist student, you will gain an in-depth understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, aseptic techniques and infection control, and general and specialized surgical procedures. You will then practice what you learned in your lecture classes by performing simulated operating room exercises in our Surgical Technologist program's laboratory classes.
In the final quarter of your Surgical Technologist program, you will begin your clinical rotation, where you will go out to hospitals and/or surgery centers to gain exposure to real operating rooms and real procedures with real patients. This clinical component is what makes our Surgical Technologist program stand out in providing you with real-world experience to prepare you to enter the operating room properly.
Upon completing the Surgical Technologist program, you will be awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS), as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. The Commission accredits our Surgical Technologist program on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).