Pitt-Johnstown Surgical Technology

Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of nurses and/or physicians performing procedures in:

Surgical Technology

  • Operating Rooms
  • Departments of Emergency Medicine
  • Delivery Rooms
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Units
  • Cardiac Catherization Laboratories
  • Ambulatory Surgery Units
  • Gastrointestinal Laboratories

Surgical technologists are responsible for the preparation of operating rooms, obtaining and opening sterile supplies and devices, and assisting in preparing the patients for surgery by reviewing patient charts, monitoring vital signs, positioning the patient, and providing emotional support. They function as members of the surgical team who directly provides instruments for the surgeon. Individuals considering this profession should be responsible and detail-oriented with a preference for doing work involving precision and accuracy.

With experience, career growth options can include Certified First Assistant, Assistant Operating Room and CSR administrators, teaching, sales and employment within the insurance industry. The need for surgical technologists is expected to grow much faster than average (by about 425%) through the decade.