The primary difference between surgical technicians and surgical technologists is educational level. Technicians typically have earned a certificate or diploma from a community college or vocational school, while technologists usually have an Associate’s degree from a college or university.
Both surgical technicians and technologists are responsible for making sure the operating room is ready for surgery and that all of the equipment is properly sterilized. They also help the surgeon by passing instruments and other supplies during the procedure.
During surgery, technicians typically handle non-sterile items such as suction catheters and sponges, while technologists may assist with more complex tasks such as applying sutures and operating the laser.
After surgery, technicians and technologists may help to apply dressings and close incisions. They may also assist with transporting patients to the recovery room and providing post-operative care.