The Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) credential is offered through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Obtaining TS-C certification demonstrates knowledge in several science and medical topics, surgical technician skill areas, and safety regulations. The TS-C exam covers such topics as medical terminology, asepsis and infection control, pharmacology, OSHA regulations, surgical knowledge, and other career skills. After passing the exam and becoming certified, the TS-C certification must be renewed each year through continuing education, some of which is offered by NCCT.
The MedCerts Surgical Technologist program is approved by the NCCT on a state-by-state basis. To be eligible for certification by NCCT, the student must reside in a state where MedCerts is licensed or otherwise authorized to operate as a school. In the case of employer partnership, the employer’s physical presence may be substituted.
Important: Graduates who attempt and pass the TS-C exam must complete CASE DOCUMENTATION within two (2) years of the test date. Case documentation requires a minimum of 125 surgical cases, including a minimum of 50 scrubs in general surgery; a minimum of 20 scrubs in orthopedic surgery; and a minimum of 55 scrubs in at least two of the following areas: Gynecology, Genitourinary, Cardiovascular, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, Thoracic, Peripheral Vascular, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic/Reconstructive, other (specify).
MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.
|MedCerts||Community College||Online College|
|Program & Tuition Cost||$4,000 average||Up to $20,000||$3,000 average|
|Exam Fees, Books & Materials||Included||Up to $750||Up to $750|
|Job Ready In||3–6 months||24–48 months||3–6 months|
|Schedule Flexibility||On-demand 24/7||Set class schedule||On-demand 24/7|
|Travel Requirements||None: 100% online||On-campus classrooms||None: 100% online|
|Student Support||Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access||Professors: scheduled office hours||Support inbox|
|Career Coaching||Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers||Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements||Exam-specific only|
|Content Delivery||3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning||Professor lectures||Varies: typically videos and presentations|
This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.
A Surgical Technologist assists in the care of patients of all ages before, during and after surgical procedures by performing scrub duties and related functions as a member of the surgical team. The technologist maintains patient safety, privacy and confidentiality and complies with legal aspects of patient care. The technician complies with sterilization standards and standards for handling sharps or contaminated instruments.
An OR Tech assists in the care of patients of all ages before, during and after surgical procedures by performing scrub duties and related functions as a member of the surgical team. The technician maintains patient safety, privacy and confidentiality and complies with legal aspects of patient care. The technician complies with sterilization standards and standards for handling sharps or contaminated instruments.