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Surgical Technologists are employed by Hospitals, Surgery Centers, and Surgeons (plastic) offices, as Private Surgical Tech's and if you become Certified (CST) you can advance to Lead Surgical Tech., Supervisor Surgical Technologist and Traveling Surgical Technologists.

Graduates can advance their careers by continuing their education to become:

First Assistant - The surgical first assistant provides visualization by placing retractors, packing with sponges; digitally manipulate tissue; handle suction, irrigation, sponging; suture: help achieve hemostasis; Apply non-crushing clamps, tourniquets and assist with the closure of body planes; immobilizing or place dressing or bandages and secure drainage systems to tissue. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) offers the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) credential. (Bachelors)

Educator - Faculty with instructional responsibilities in core surgical technology courses must be qualified by education and experience and possess a credential in the field of surgical technology (CST) through a national certification program that is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and have a minimum total of two years of experience, either in the operating room scrub role or as an instructor in surgical technology, or a combination of both, within the past five years. (Bachelors and or Masters)

Central Ohio employers include:

  • OSU Medical Center
  • James Cancer Hospital
  • Ross Heart Hospital
  • Eye and Ear Institute
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Doctor's Hospital
  • St. Ann's Hospital
  • Grant Medical Center
  • Mt. Carmel East
  • Mt. Carmel West
  • Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Surgery Centers