Surgical Technologist Pathway

Surgical technologists assist surgeons and nurses during life-saving operations, help care for and transfer patients, and—most importantly—ensure the surgical field is sterile before, during, and after procedures. The Surgical Technology Pathway Program is designed to prepare you with foundational knowledge in health sciences and fundamental professional skills for assisting during surgical procedures.

Program status

We appreciate your interest in the Education Fund’s programs and services. We have received a tremendous response to our education and training programs and have reached our enrollment limit for many of our current programs. As a result, we are not accepting applications for this Education Fund program at this time.

We encourage you to create an individualized educational plan with your Career Counselor/Regional Coordinator. You can make an appointment via MyEdFund, our secure, online member portal.

The Importance of Surgical Technologists

Surgical technologists spend the day preparing operating rooms and assisting during surgical procedures. The primary duties of a surgical technologist include:

  • Preparing operating rooms for surgery and maintaining a sterile field to prevent infection.
  • Sterilizing equipment and stocking instrument trays for use during surgery.
  • Performing pre-operative care for patients, including washing incision areas.
  • Helping surgeons and nurses don gowns and other sterile protective equipment.
  • Passing instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons or nurses during procedures.
  • Gathering and preparing laboratory samples for processing.

Why become a Surgical Technologist?


  • The surgical technologist job market is expected to grow by 11.7% between 2016 and 2026.*
  • With experience and depending on the region, technicians can earn as much as $56 per hour.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.