The Surgical Technology program at the University of Saint Francis will prepare you to become a certified surgical technologist. As a surgical technologist, you will be a critical member of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses and anesthesiologists to provide the best care for patients in surgery.

Traditionally, surgical technologists organized sterile supplies and instruments before passing them to the surgeon as needed. In the current expanded role of surgical technologist, you will act as a surgical first assistant, providing exposure to the surgical wound by handling tissue under the direction of the surgeon.

You may also assist the registered nurse as an unsterile “circulator,” performing patient care, completing documentation of the operation and dispensing supplies to the sterile team. To be a successful surgical technologist, you should possess a stable temperament, manual dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to integrate and prioritize a variety of activities.

The career outlook for surgical technologists is bright – a 10 percent increase in demand is expected by 2020.