Surgical
Technologist

surgical technologist

Prep for Surgery: Train to become a Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists work with and assist surgeons, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers during surgical operations in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and surgical centers. Surgical technologists are vital to surgery. They prepare the operating room, pass instruments and supplies to the surgeon, and ensure tools and supplies are sterile and organized. The program at Swedish Institute provides students with the knowledge and hands-on training to help prepare them for entry into this in-demand field. You can become an integral part of the surgical team in various perioperative settings through education at Swedish Institute.

What to Expect

The Surgical Technologist program is available in a 94.5-quarter (21 months) course sequence. 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 students the core competencies to make them successful in a team environment, working collaboratively and communicating 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 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 actual operating rooms and procedures with real patients. This clinical component makes our program stand out —providing you with the necessary real-world experience for real-life operating rooms.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS), as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Our Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Education on Your Time

Lecture courses for this program are offered online, allowing students to have a healthy school-life balance. Moreover, with Swedish Institute’s iPad program, every student receives an iPad, which assists with virtual learning and virtual classrooms and provides communication with classmates and instructors.

Surgical Technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners and provide surgical care to patients in hospital operating rooms, outpatient clinics, and similar environments. Surgical Technologists assist during surgical operations and procedures, working within a dynamic healthcare team alongside physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, and other medical professionals in the operating room. 

Surgical Technologist duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery by maintaining a sterile environment and setting up equipment
  • Preparing patients for surgery
  • Assisting doctors/surgeons during surgery by handling instruments and supplies
  • Managing surgical supplies and inventory

Our Surgical Technologist program prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of healthcare settings, such as:

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Salary Opportunities for Surgical Technologists

According to September 2022 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the annual average wage for a Surgical Technologist in the state of New York was $64,640.* Salary will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

  • “I am a recently graduated student and it is incredible all the job offers I have received. I feel thrilled and proud to have been part of the school the teachers are amazing and supportive. I felt very prepared for the State Board Exam.”

    Y. Diaz,

    Massage Therapy Graduate

  • “I got my RN license in 21 months. Now I work in a NY city hospital. I am very grateful to the school for giving me an opportunity to study nursing. Nursing program was not easy, I am very happy, I passed all the courses and passed NCLEX the first time.”

    J. Jan,

    Nursing Graduate

  • “Swedish institute changed my life! The staff is very supportive and personally cares about your success. They always went the extra mile! The surgical tech program changed my whole life’s trajectory and career path. In two short years, I have worked my way up from being a barber to orthopedic surgery and now Neurosurgery. All with the opportunity that Swedish gave me. So thanks for the life upgrade Swedish and staff!”

    D. Vasc,

    Surgical Technologist Graduate

  • “I had a great experience at Swedish in the nursing program. The courses were challenging but rewarding. I found a job almost instantly with the help of Swedish faculty and the rest has been history. Super thankful for my experience at Swedish.”

    T. Crearer,

    Nursing Graduate


* National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey Occupational Outlook Handbook and Geographical Outlook for Surgical Technologists (site visited 10.30.23) National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual growth or any particular salary. Swedish Institute does not guarantee employment. Swedish Institute cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed.

Statistics Survey and Surgical Technologists Survey (site visited 10.30.23) National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual growth or any particular salary. Swedish Institute does not guarantee employment. Swedish Institute cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed.

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