EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES OUTLOOK
According to a recent study conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the forecast for employment opportunities for surgical technologists is one of rapid growth. Demand for technologists varies among communities and geographic regions. Prospective students are advised to assess the market for graduates within the region in which they would like to work before matriculating in an educational program. Such information is likely to be available through local employment offices, local accredited programs, and hospital councils or hospitals.
The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $45,160 in May 2016.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), http://dev.caahepweb.indigo-interactive.com/Kentico81/Students/Program-Info/Surgical-Technology.aspx.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited November 1, 2017).
BOARD OF CERTIFICATION EXAM
Graduates of DSU’s Surgical Technology program are eligible to take the National Board Certifying Examination administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Our students take the exam on campus in May each year.
NBSTSA CST Exam
Learn More: Links to the Profession
The mission of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ASCLS) is to provide professional certification of surgical technologists and surgical first assistants, thus promoting quality patient care in the surgical setting.
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, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in order to promote quality surgical patient care through quality credible education.