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Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the new folks are.

“No, I’m just a tech.”

I stopped what I was doing and replied: “You may be a tech, but you’re not just a tech.”

All too often, those of us working in hospital systems are quick to pull rank: attending surgeon, department chief, nursing supervisor, you name it. These titles are important, and do carry with them substantial experience, expertise,…

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 Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

All too often, those of us working in hospital systems are quick to pull rank: attending surgeon, department chief, nursing supervisor, you name it. These titles are important, and do carry with them substantial experience, expertise, and knowledge. But just as often, we forget how critical certain members of our team are on a daily basis.

6 Reasons for Becoming a Surgical Tech...

You’ve decided you’re done dodging questions from family and friends about your dead-end job. You’re ready for something better; something to launch your career and allow you to make a difference. You’re interested in making a name for yourself in the healthcare industry—and becoming a surgical technologist sounds like it might be the perfect fit. Surgical technologists go by many titles: Surgical tech, operating room technician, scrub tech or surgical assistant. But regardless of what you call them, they all play an integral role on the operating room team.

Association of Surgical Technologists

As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organization for surgical technologists, AST's primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists have the knowledge and skills to administer patient care of the highest quality.

Surgical Tech Adventures

Our site is a resource for the future and current surgical tech and surgical tech students. Our real life stories will give you a glimpse into the real world of the surgical technologist. Get tips, tricks and pointers from fellow surgical technologists out there. provides comprehensive information on programs and career options where you live.

Stop wondering and get all the facts about the training, career, career advancement, and lifestyle of a Surgical Tech right here!

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

The ARC/STSA is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation services agency providing national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting,

Association of Surgical Assistants

Our association seeks to unite professionals from diverse backgrounds, including Certified Surgical First Assistants (CSFAs), Certified Surgical Assistants (CSAs), and Surgical Assistants-Certified (SA-Cs), and to advance the allied health profession of surgical assisting.

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

The mission of the NBSTSA is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists (CST) and surgical first assistants (CSFA), thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting.

National Surgical Assistant Association

As the first organization in the country to establish standards of professionalism and proficiency for Non Physician Surgical Assistants, it is our mission to promote excellence, education, training, and professional certification.

Online Surgical Technician Courses

We created this site to help prospective surgical technicians find accredited degree programs that suit their academic and career goals. We also offer career resources, salary statistics, and other useful information to help educate our visitors about this field:

Surgical Technologist Schools

Surgical Technology Schools is an up-to-date resource for surgical tech schools, training programs and degrees nationwide, as well as information on career paths and the surgical tech industry.

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