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Surgical Technologist

Scope of Practice

Role Description 

  • Limited direct patient care under direct supervision of RN. Activities may include:
    • Handling instruments, supplies, and equipment essential to the surgical procedure
    • Displaying understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipating the needs of the surgeon
    • Maintaining the sterile field
    • Cleaning and preparing instruments for disinfection and terminal sterilization
    • Assisting other members of team with room turnover and terminal cleaning
    • Assisting in the preparation of the procedure room for the next patient

Work Setting 

  • Surgical clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgery centers


Required Education / Preparation 

  • High School graduate
  • On the job training may be available at healthcare facilities


Preferred Education / Preparation 


Professional Development

Career Preparation 





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