July 29, 2017

Getting Your Surgical Technologist Certification

Your Surgical Technologist certification is the end goal of virtually every student enrolled in this type of program, regardless of his or her age, the program that they are enrolled in, or the campus that they attend. It’s important for any student to know that each and every state requires students to take a test with the state that evaluates his or her skills. It’s equally important to know that part of the certification process will require a background check, and in some areas, you might be asked for a drug test.

Although some states are stricter about the background screen than others, you should ask the school that you would like to attend, as well as the the state registry board, if you have a criminal history that might effect your ability to be certified. I’ve known people who couldn’t get certified because of some relatively minor drug charges in their youth, and I know one person who was forced to moved to a more lenient state, just so that she could be certified. It would be awful if something that happened ten or twenty years ago, when a person’s judgment was not quite what it is now, had a negative effect on his or her ability to pursue a career that they have been training for, for some time. This is the primary reason that many schools now require a background check before you are accepted into the program, usually at your expense. That way, no-one wastes time and money an an education that is not appropriate for their needs or expectations.

Although you will almost always have to have received a formal education, in a few cases, you will be eligible to take the test if you have received on the job training in a hospital or surgical setting for at least two years, or have worked as a surgical technologist for no less than seven years.

It’s somewhat obvious that the fastest way to be able to take the test, and probably the one that will give you the best chance of passing that important exam on your first try, is to enroll at an accredited school. It has been said that for every one surgeon that you find in a hospital, there will be at least five surgical technologists. We do very important work, but unfortunately, without that certificate it will be very difficult, if not almost impossible, to find work.

What Can I Expect to See on the Actual Test?

The actual test will ask you questions about bacteria and the ways that you need to sanitize things. You’ll probably see questions that talk about the names of surgical tools and you will need to display a clear understanding of what your duties will be. You need to show a basic competency of everything that you have learned, and if your state offers it, you would probably do well to get a copy of a study guide for the test itself. Your test will have a lot of questions about the important information that you have spent many months learning, so it will not be an easy test.

After you have passed this exam, you are eligible for employment. You will have to take another exam at least every five years, and you will probably have to undergo background checks at least that often in order to continue to be eligible. This is the minimum that you will have to do to be able to use the education that you have worked so hard for.

Many Surgical Technologists choose to take an additional exam, which allows them to say that they have a national certification. This is a particularly good choice for anyone who thinks that they moving sometime in the future. Even if that is only a possibility, it might be a good idea for you to take this extra step. You will have to re-take this exam every four years, but it would save you a lot of time, and perhaps some expense, if you were to move to another state. In some hospitals, it is possible that you could make slightly more than other candidates with identical qualifications, simply because of the extra designation from the national certification process.

If, by any chance, you had the misfortune of accidentally attending a school that was not accredited, you should know that you will not be permitted to get a surgical technologist certification in most places. You could still work in that field, if you are lucky enough to get a job offer, but you will not be certified. The lack of a certificate could easily have a negative impact on your pay, so you should try to keep that in mind when you are choosing schools.

Your Surgical Technologist Certification could very well be the test that changes in your life in a positive way. In general, you should always make sure that you are ready to go to school, and to learn and work in a competitive environment when you start classes. The first day of school is the first day of the rest of your life, and you will have the opportunity to help save lives sooner than you might think possible.