Surgical Technicians/Technologists, or operating room technicians, assist a head surgeon in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange and sterilize equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. They often prep the patient and operating room for procedures, and can assist the surgical team by holding organs in place or using retractors during surgery. 

Students who successfully complete a certificate in Surgical Technician/Technologist will:

  • Demonstrate competence in the technological aspects of the surgical technologist profession.
  • Provide surgical patient care and comfort with empathy and cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate competence in surgical technologist duties, procedures and cases.

Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

For more information on this career, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.