Career Information

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Prepare instruments for surgical procedures
  • Clean instruments, rooms and equipment following surgical procedures
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Assist surgeon with minor and major surgical procedures
  • Assist in preparation of patient for surgical procedures

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Perform activities in an organized and detailed manner
  • Apply knowledge from the biological and social sciences
  • Must have necessary physical and emotional stamina to meet demands of a rigorous schedule
  • Must have self-discipline and ability to take initiative

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony are not eligible for the national certification exam
  • You will be required to communicate easily and clearly with patients and staff
  • You must accept responsibility for your actions
  • You will stand and walk most of the day
  • Working under pressure requires good physical health and emotional stability
  • You must be comfortable being in contact with blood and body fluids
  • Students may not receive pay for clinical rotation
  • Average hourly pay rate is $18.86 per hour, or $39,229 annually (Source: ast​.org)

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