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Surgical Technician Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to perform general technical support tasks in the operating room before, during, and after surgery.

You Will Learn
  • Instruction in pre-operation patient and surgical team preparation.
  • Proper handling of surgical instruments at tableside.
  • Supply inventory maintenance before and during operations.
  • Sterilization and cleaning of equipment.
  • Maintaining clean and sealed environments.
  • Operating room safety procedures.
  • Record-keeping.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Surgical Technician - PDF

Industry Certification
Earn industry certification in this Pathway.
-Surgical Technician Industry Certification - PDF

  • Surgical Technician

Student Leadership Organization
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is the student leadership organization for Health Science Education students. HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Health Science Education Teacher
  • Surgical Technician
Workforce Trends
Demand for surgical technicians will rise as the population ages and as new technologies allow for more and varied surgeries. Hospitals will remain the primary employer, but physician offices and clinics, including ambulatory surgical centers, will provide the most new jobs.

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 24 percent through 2016 as the volume of surgery increases. The number of surgical procedures is expected to rise as the population grows and ages. Technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will permit an increasing number of new surgical procedures to be performed and also will allow surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition

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