Surgical technicians are important members of the surgical team. They are responsible for ensuring that the surgeon has all of the instruments necessary to ensure that the operation goes as smoothly as possible. This exciting career is greatly rewarding, though it does require a lot of dedication.
The first step to becoming a surgical technician is to find a school offering a surgical technician program. Many community colleges offer this program, so check with them first. Even if they do not offer this program they are likely going to be able to point you towards a vocational school that does. When possible, shy away from schools that are not regionally accredited because your chances of transferring your credits should you choose to pursue higher education in the future are slim if you did not attend a regionally accredited school.
Most surgical technician programs require that you have a high school diploma or GED along with several pre-requisites before applying to their program. Most programs require human anatomy and physiology, biology, math, and English at college level. Contact your program's advisor to find out what classes they require that you take. Make sure that you work hard in your pre-requisite classes since admission is often competitive and the first people to get into the program are usually the people with the highest grades. Ask your instructors for assistance, seek out study groups, or get tutoring if you find yourself struggling in your pre-requisite classes.
Once you are in a surgical technician program, ensure that you have your life in order to dedicate approximately the next two years of your life to going to school and doing well. A surgical technician's job is tough, and therefore a surgical technician's schooling is grueling. It is very possible to make it through your training and do well, but it will require that you do not have a stressful job or work too many hours, have childcare in place if you have children, and a supportive family or group of friends.
Make sure that you put your best foot forward when in your externship. This is when you get to gain practical experience, but also show a potential employer and group of references what you are made of. Take your externship seriously and make as many professional contacts as possible. This will help you to get a great job as a surgical technician upon graduation from your program.