What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

The Surgical Technologist, also referred to as scrub tech or operating room technician, plays an important role in all aspects of surgical operations. Today’s certified Surgical Technologist has a broad scope of practice and many career choices. The exact role depends on the specialization and type of institution. Most often, the Surgical Technologist works in hospitals and is a scrubbed, gowned, and gloved participant in surgery.

Surgical Technologists typically do the following:

  • Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery
  • Prepare instruments and arrange equipment in operating rooms for surgery
  • Prepare patients for surgery, such as washing and disinfecting incision sites
  • Count supplies such as sponges, sharps, and instruments
  • Stand and pass instruments and supplies to surgeons during surgery
  • Maintain a sterile environment to prevent infection

The work may be physically demanding, as the Surgical Technologists may be on their feet for long periods, may help move patients, or lift heavy trays of medical supplies. At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights, odors, and/or materials.

The Surgical Technologist can achieve career goals in a variety of settings, whether it is a high- profile institution or a small, community based setting. The education and preparation for the Surgical Technologist enhances personal and professional growth.

The Program of Surgical Technology is a full-time, 10 month accredited program which begins each fall. The curriculum is based on guidelines provided by the Association of Surgical Technologists. The program is divided into four 10 week terms and consists of 1,114 total program hours. Students are required to attend full-time, 4 days a week. Typically, the classroom hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the clinical hours are from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

During the program, students acquire experience in various clinical areas and several surgical specialties. Central sterile supply, endoscopy, urology and the delivery room are some of the environments used for clinical experience. General surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, peripheral vascular surgery and neurosurgery are some examples of surgical specialties which provide students with clinical experience in an operating room and a one-day surgery center.

Prior to Graduation, students take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). At program completion, the student receives a Surgical Technology Certificate.

Surgical Technology Program Effectiveness

ARC/STSA Outcomes Assessment Benchmark: Pass rate for certifying examination on first attempt is at least 70% for all Surgical Technology graduates

Program Results: Assessment Exam Pass-Rates:

Class of 2013-2014: 100%

Class of 2014-201: 87.5%

Application Process for Admission Fall 2016

Applications accepted February 1, 2016 through May 1, 2016

Mail applications to:

Admissions Office
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
200 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT  06610

Your application packet should include*:

  • Completed application form
  • Official (sealed) high school transcript or equivalent.
  • Official (sealed) college transcript(s) - optional
  • Official TEAS** score (Version 5.0) taken no earlier than May 1, 2014 
  • Proof of United States Citizenship or Current Permanent Resident Card
  • 3 Professional References
  • 250-500 word Essay 
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee


**TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills):  As part of the application process you will be required to submit an official TEAS score.  TEAS exams must be Version 5.0 taken no earlier than May 1, 2014. BHSN offers the opportunity to take the TEAS examination during the Admissions period after your application is submitted.  If your file is otherwise complete, the admission review begins with the receipt of your TEAS score.

The Admissions Office will confirm receipt of your application via letter or email.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that BHSN has received all documentation.

You may obtain application and reference forms at the School of Nursing or by downloading them here.  

Applicants must submit an official high school graduation transcript or an official high school equivalency certificate such as the G.E.D awarded through tests of General Educational Development. Records from secondary schools outside the United States must be accompanied by an original U.S. equivalency document from an approved translating agency. Date verification and discharge status are required of applicants who have served in the military.

The Admissions Committee selects applicants for admission after thoroughly reviewing the applicant's file. The Faculty and Administration of the School reserve the right to refuse admission to an applicant if it is felt to be in the best interest of the School or the applicant.

Students selected for admission must send a non-refundable tuition deposit of $150.00 within one week of the postmarked acceptance letter to assure a place in the class.

Entry and acceptance into this program does not guarantee licensure or certification, nor does it guarantee employment. There may also be barriers to employment in the field such as certain criminal convictions, or a positive drug test.

Accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756

Certificate of Authorization by:

State of Connecticut
Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education
61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326


At BHSN program completion, surgical technology students take a certification examination. Certification as a surgical technologist by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) provides evidence to employers, healthcare professionals and colleagues that the student has been educated and trained to provide safe and competent care in the operating room.  It also demonstrates mastery of knowledge in the field of surgical technology. Students who pass the certifying exam use the initials CST to designate their status as Certified Surgical Technologists.