A surgical technician, also called a scrub technician, surgical technologist, or operating room technician, is an allied health professional who works alongside surgeons, registered nurses, and anesthesiologists during surgical procedures. Surgical technicians are responsible for aseptic technique, patient positioning, and handling of surgical instruments and equipment.
There are no standard educational requirements for surgical technicians, but most complete a postsecondary surgical technology program. These programs typically last about 1-2 years and lead to a certificate or associate degree. Some surgical technicians may also choose to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree in surgical technology.
After completing a surgical technology program, surgical technicians must pass a national certification exam to become certified. Most states also have licensure requirements for surgical technicians. Some employers may also require certification from a specialty organization, such as the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or the National Center for Competency Testing.