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How to Become a Surgical Tech in California - CA

Steps to take in pursuing a Surgical Technologist career in California

  1. Attend and obtain a degree from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognized online school or California surgical technician training program.  Training programs in California are generally between 9 and 24 months in length.
  2. Upon completion of the program requirements for California, apply to the Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologists to take the certification exam
  3. Once the exam has been scheduled, take and pass the national certification examination. Upon its successful completion, the examinee is designated as a Certified Surgical Technologist. Ongoing education or passing the national certification examination every four years is mandatory in retaining certification.  Surgical Technologist Certification may also be acquired from the National Center for Competency Testing. To take the exam in California, applicants must be pre-qualified in one of three ways:  Accrue seven years of work experience within the field, undergo two years of an on-the-job training program at a hospital, or successfully complete a training program from a CAAHEP accredited school.  Upon passing the examination, the designee is awarded the Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) certificate.  Reexamination every five years or continuing education is also required in California to maintain this certification.

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