The Surgical Technology program trains students at the Ottawa campus to become entry level surgical technologists. Surgical technologists are integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia care providers, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. This program prepares the student for national certification testing.
Surgical technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and perioperative team members, and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure while monitoring and preserving the sterile field.
The proficient surgical technologist demonstrates a caring attitude towards the patient, other surgical team members, and the patient-care environment. It is necessary to understand normal anatomy and physiology, the pathological condition affecting the patient, the planned operative procedure, and consider any variations that may be necessary to accommodate a specific patient.
Surgical technologists fulfill a vital role in the O.R., but are not to be confused with registered nurses. A proficient surgical technologist is critical to the operative team, and the success of the patient's surgical outcome.
Employment in surgical technology is expected to grow as the volume of surgeries increase, and technological advancements require expert assistance during those surgical procedures. Hospitals continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although other career options include physicians’ office assistant, obstetrical unit technician, and outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers, sterile supply management and/or technician, surgical supply representatives, and surgical technology education.
Students at NCCC receive in-depth practical knowledge and substantial clinical education related to the O.R. If Surgical Technology sounds like a career for you, please contact us about enrolling in our survey course, SURG 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology. (Must be at least 18 years old; program application is not necessary.)