You'll prepare operating rooms for surgery; sterilize and supply equipment; prepare patients for surgery, such as washing incision sites; help surgeons and nurses during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
 

Recommended Credentials

Associates Degree 

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Northwestern Michigan College has partnered with Munson Medical Center to offer an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology

  

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Associates Degree in Surgical Technology -

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Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

Pathway 2

NMC has partnered with Munson Medical Center to offer an associates degree in surgical technology.

Pathway 3

Surgical Technician Programs in Michigan

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting - Certification  

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Surgical Technologist 
  • Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
  • Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)
 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

0%
10-County Region
-2%
Michigan
7%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

180
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$31,740
$43,760 
$59,660

Annual Hires Regionally

10
In 2020

Real World Career Pathways

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