Surgical Scrub Technician

A surgical scrub technician is just another name for a surgical technician. The word “scrub” refers to how the technician ensures that all surgical instruments are sanitized and prepared for the surgeon before use. Most educational institutions and hospitals simply refer to this position as the surgical technician, operating room technician, or sometimes even just the word “scrub.”

Surgical Scrub Technician Training

Attending accredited surgical technician schools will help prepare you for a career working alongside surgeons and operating room nurses. During a surgical technician training program, you will be required to study many different areas of medical science. Some of the courses that may be required include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Laws & Ethics
  • Microbiology
  • Sterilization, Asepsis, and Surgical Instrumentation
  • Different types of surgery

After completing your coursework, many surgical scrub technician training programs require hands on experience. One way new surgical scrub technicians get operating room experience is through mock surgeries. After several courses of performing mock surgery, an externship in an actual medical facility may be required before you can be licensed/certified.

Surgical Scrub Technician Duties

The main role of the surgical scrub technician is to support the surgical team during a surgery. The surgical scrub technician does not ever actually operate on a patient. Instead he/she assists the team by helping the operating room function well and flow smoothly. Most of the duties include providing surgical materials (gauze, thread, etc.) and being able to anticipate the needs of the surgeon so there is minimal waiting. With every surgery, there is always risk. By helping the surgery flow more smoothly and allowing the surgeon(s) to operate more quickly, the surgical scrub technician can help reduce surgery time and minimize risk.

Surgical Scrub Technician Salary

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual surgical scrub technician salary is $39,920, or about $19 per hour. The BLS has indicated that some surgical scrub technicians can earn as much as $57,330 annually in some areas. The BLS also projects a 19% growth of surgical scrub technician jobs between 2010 and 2010. This increase is average compared to other occupations in the country.

Top Surgical Technician Schools

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Since 1984, City College, a private not-for-profit university, has been dedicated to providing a hands-on, practical and relevant college education to students in Florida and online. Our mission is to educate and train students in their chosen major, in preparation for employment in specific career fields. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, an adult thinking about returning to college, or a military veteran seeking a new civilian career, the City College Office of Admissions will help you make the right choice for your unique situation and begin a rewarding new career.

We offer our students an atmosphere of caring and respect. At City College you’re not just a student, you’re family.


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Preparing students for professional and personal success is what Berkeley College is all about. From career-focused degree and certificate programs offered in some of today’s most in-demand professions to extensive support resources, YOU are at the center of everything we do at Berkeley. Our commitment to students begins with their very first inquiries.


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  • A.A.S. - Surgical Technician
Locations: Port Charlotte

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What sets ECPI University apart? Just ask the employers who hire our graduates. Since 1966, more than 3,800 employers have looked to ECPI for talented professionals who are capable of entering the workplace and doing the job right on the very first day. That’s because our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of today’s highly-specialized job market.

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At Miller-Motte Technical College, you can find educational programs that can help you launch a new career. Whether it’s in the healthcare field to help the well-being of others or enhancing your business skills, we have programs to match your interests and meet your needs. Our training programs are career-focused and designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on training to succeed. 


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