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Technical Standards for the Surgical Technologist

Surgery Tech Student preparing operating table

The surgical technologist has strenuous demands placed on them routinely.  These demands are called Technical Standards.

To successfully complete the Surgical Technology program, students must demonstrate their competency in carrying out the tasks necessary for safe and effective practice in the field including: 

  • Maintain appropriate professional decorum in high stress situations and when exposed to unusual sights and smells.
  • Follow ethical guidelines of the profession in all patient and professional interactions.
  • ffectively communicate and respond appropriately with patients’ and healthcare workers’ questions, requests, and directions.
  • Acknowledge and perform based on instructions in surgical settings.
  • Move and position heavy and/or large surgical trays and equipment.
  • Provide safe and effective direct care and emergency treatment to patients.  
  • Manipulate sutures finer than a human hair.
  • Accurately assess patient data created by equipment impacting care and treatment.
  • Effectively follow instructions given in the surgical suite.
  • Detect and respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Detect odors sufficient to maintain environmental safety and patient needs.
  • Manipulate and operate instruments, supplies, and equipment.


Daisy Gibson, CST
Surgical Technology Program Director
(406) 771-4355
Office R237