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

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Leslie in Pompano Beach, Florida

105 months ago

Is it the same thing?

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sonya in Augusta, Georgia

83 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

67 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

61 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

57 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

54 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

54 months ago

Hi anyone Im a Medical Laboratory technologist

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Doc in Seattle, Washington

35 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

23 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

11 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

19 days 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

8 days 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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