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Surgical Technologist Career: What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

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The Surgical Technology program at Pima Medical Institute trains students to become members of a healthcare team, where they play a key role during surgical procedures.

The 18-month associate degree program, offered at Pima Medical Institute’s Denver campus, provides hands-on training, where students get the patient and technological experience they need. It is a new addition to the Denver campus’ list of extensive healthcare training programs; added in the summer of 2015.

The surgical technologist is elbow-to-elbow with doctors and nurses during an operation. They must be highly knowledgeable about the instrumentation and medication used during a procedure, possess strong attention to detail and stay calm under pressure.

What does a surgical technologist do?

  • Provide surgeons proper instrumentation and medication during a procedure
  • Transport supplies to the operating room and properly arrange them
  • Apply sterile drapes around the patient
  • Anticipate which instrumentation the doctor will most likely need for that specific operation and be prepared
  • Apply bandages to the patient after surgery
  • Sterilize the operating room after surgery

Scroll down to see images of Pima Medical Institute Surgical Technology students in action, the hands-on lab at the Denver campus and the technology and equipment students use to get the healthcare career training they need.
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Pima Medical Institute Surgical Technology students tour the University of Colorado Hospital.

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Pima Medical Institute Surgical Technology students get hands-on training at the Denver campus lab.

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Surgical Technology students train in the lab.

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A Pima Medical Institute Surgical Technology student scrubs up in preparation for hands-on training at the Denver campus.

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Surgical Technology Program Director, Mark Wilms (right in white coat) and his Surgical Technology students pose for a photo. This is Pima Medical’s first cohort of Surgical Technology students. They will graduate in June of 2017.

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An inside look at Pima Medical Institute’s Surgical Technology lab.

 

September 20, 2016

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