What's the difference between Surgical Technician and Surgical Technologist?

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Leslie in Pompano Beach, Florida

117 months ago

Is it the same thing?

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sonya in Augusta, Georgia

95 months ago

Leslie in Pompano Beach, Florida said: Is it the same thing?

same thing. surgical technologist just sounds more professional than surgical technician.

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cp in Buffalo, New York

79 months ago

that is wrong. A surgical technologist has a 2 yr degree (A.A.S.)
and a surgical technician has gone through an accelerated program, usually about 9-10 months. Both are qualified, but employers have most recently leaned towards persons holding a degree.

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Jennifer in Lakeland, Florida

73 months ago

CP in Buffalo is wrong. I am a Surgical Technologist... I do not have a degree. However, after attending a 16 month program at an accredited school, I was able to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. I passed, therefore I became a Surgical Technologist. Until one passes this exam after attending the accredited program, one is considered a Surgical Technician.
While both are indeed qualified, some hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers require you to be certified in order to work. Others will hire you, BUT you must pass the exam within 6 months of being hired.

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amanda in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

69 months ago

I really appreciate this comment. I was thinking of going into this feild.... now i know this is what I want, Thankyou..QUOTE who="Jennifer in Lakeland, Florida"]CP in Buffalo is wrong. I am a Surgical Technologist... I do not have a degree. However, after attending a 16 month program at an accredited school, I was able to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. I passed, therefore I became a Surgical Technologist. Until one passes this exam after attending the accredited program, one is considered a Surgical Technician.
While both are indeed qualified, some hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers require you to be certified in order to work. Others will hire you, BUT you must pass the exam within 6 months of being hired.

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Doc in Virginia Beach, Virginia

66 months ago

Well I can officially say that you DO NOT have to pass the CST exam to become a surgical technologist. I have never taken the CST exam, and have been designated a surgical technologist since I graduated ST school. Check your facts!

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Jomel in Manila, Philippines

66 months ago

Hi anyone Im a Medical Laboratory technologist

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Doc in Seattle, Washington

47 months ago

Doc in Virginia Beach, Virginia said: Well I can officially say that you DO NOT have to pass the CST exam to become a surgical technologist. I have never taken the CST exam, and have been designated a surgical technologist since I graduated ST school. Check your facts!

Good luck getting a job or holding onto your ST job without being certified at a reputable hospital. Most hospitals require you to be a CST certified and the legislation is changing thanks to the A ST.

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correusj in Corona, California

35 months ago

I have a stupid question I am looking to surgical technician classes through trade schools and those types of courses can anyone suggest a good one please ? I'm in southern California :)

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Sean in Dallas, Texas

23 months ago

Jennifer in Lakeland, Florida said: CP in Buffalo is wrong. I am a Surgical Technologist... I do not have a degree. However, after attending a 16 month program at an accredited school, I was able to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. I passed, therefore I became a Surgical Technologist. Until one passes this exam after attending the accredited program, one is considered a Surgical Technician.
While both are indeed qualified, some hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers require you to be certified in order to work. Others will hire you, BUT you must pass the exam within 6 months of being hired.

Just curious what trade school did you go to? Also was it easy to find a job in that field after being certified?

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tina in Big Rock, Tennessee

12 months ago

Doc in Virginia Beach, Virginia said: Well I can officially say that you DO NOT have to pass the CST exam to become a surgical technologist. I have never taken the CST exam, and have been designated a surgical technologist since I graduated ST school. Check your facts!

1 of either one is tight but if you really want to make money get certified the difference in pay is humongous...

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Trueluv in Albuquerque, New Mexico

12 months ago

Am actually from Ghana and av been in america for two months now.am a permanent resident and I want to further my education as a surgical technologiest.I graduated high school in Ghana.please which school will you recommend for me please

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Sam in Fayetteville, North Carolina

10 months ago

Jennifer in Lakeland, Florida said: CP in Buffalo is wrong. I am a Surgical Technologist... I do not have a degree. However, after attending a 16 month program at an accredited school, I was able to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam. I passed, therefore I became a Surgical Technologist. Until one passes this exam after attending the accredited program, one is considered a Surgical Technician.
While both are indeed qualified, some hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers require you to be certified in order to work. Others will hire you, BUT you must pass the exam within 6 months of being hired.

I'm still a little confused. Could you explain it a little bit more

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DeAngelo in El Paso, Texas

9 months ago

Sam in Fayetteville, North Carolina said: I'm still a little confused. Could you explain it a little bit more

Is there a license required?

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DeAngelo in El Paso, Texas

9 months ago

I was just wondering if there is a license required for the technician and what is typical pay for this position?

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Koya in Jamestown, North Carolina

3 months ago

The pay depends on what state you are in. Qualifications are different from state to state. Being certified in NC is a plus but it doesnt pay you based off of certification. The surgical technology program is a great career. It shouldn't take you long to get a job, i would advise you to do some research before you jump into this though. Good luck

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ReneeCST71 in Denver, Colorado

3 months ago

DeAngelo in El Paso, Texas said: I was just wondering if there is a license required for the technician and what is typical pay for this position?

A Surg Tech is a Surgical Technician is a Surgical Technologist its all the same, some programs here in CO, give out a certificate of completion of clinical hours and some get the degree. I went 2 years and did my 500 or whatever clinical hours at a level 2 trauma center, my roommate and school mate did her clinicals at a Level 1. Trauma center, some go to smaller out patient facilities, you have to have so many signed off cases in several specialty surgeries to finish clinicals. My roommate and I both sat for the Exam...and got jobs. Some people I worked with did not hav their CST, and have been amazing techs and have gone on to be hired at other hospitals due to their experience drake a new grad. It is however working its way into having or needing the degree, just like NOW they are requiring all RN's from a specific time frame forward, to get their BSN... which is kind of a bummer because a 2 yr. RN Program and a 4 yr BSN take the same Exam!!

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