Surgical Technologist

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Central Community College and Mid-Plains Community College are very excited to announce they have partnered with Southeast Community College and Northeast Community College to bring the surgical technologist program to more areas of Nebraska. Pre-requisite courses are taken at your local community college, surgical technologist classes are given online, and the practicum is done at nearby hospitals.

What you would do: Surgical technologists are an important part of the surgery team. Before an operation begins, they prepare the operating room and the patient. They ensure the patient and room are sterile and disinfected and that all equipment is working correctly. During an operation, the surgical technologist performs tasks for the doctor as needed. They pass instruments and supplies, hold retractors and internal organs in place, or help set up robotic surgical equipment. They often handle specimens for the lab, and help others on the surgical team dress and undress from their sterile clothing. Once the operation is complete, it is often the surgical technologist’s job to apply dressings and bandages to the incision site.

Where you would work: Almost all surgical technologists (also known as operating room technicians) currently work in hospitals. However, as technology improves and many surgeries become routine, the Department of Labor expects to see the role of surgical technologist grow in many different venues for healthcare. 

What Would You Make: The median pay for surgical technologists in Nebraska is $19.48/hour or $40,510 annually.  Pay is usually commensurate with experience and full benefits are usually given.

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All statistics gathered from the Department of Labor.

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