Surgical Technologist Essential Job Functions

The following is a representative list of the essential skills, with or without accommodation, expected of students enrolled in the Surgical Technology degree program:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform essential functions for a maximum of a 10-hour shift.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to protect a client when the client is standing and ambulating on all surfaces with or without the use of assistive devices, including canes, crutches, and walkers.
  3. Have the abilities and skills necessary for the performing as a surgical technology process.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to safely move a client over 100 pounds from one surface to another using the appropriate level of help.
  5. Demonstrate safe body mechanics in the process of all client treatments, including lifting and carrying small equipment (under 50 pounds) and moving large equipment (over 50 pounds).
  6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate simultaneous motions.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to perform occasional overhead extension.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform interventions such as sterile procedures.
  9. Display adaptability to change.
  10. Establish effective relationships with others.
  11. Communicate effectively, safely, and efficiently in English (both written and spoken) by:
    1. Explaining procedures
    2. Receiving information from others
    3. Receiving information from written documents
  12. Distinguish color changes.
  13. Detect an unsafe environment and carry out appropriate emergency procedures including:
    1. Detecting subtle environment changes and odors including, but not limited to, the smell of burning electrical equipment, smoke, and spills.
    2. Detect high and low frequency sounds, including but not limited to, alarms, bells, and emergency signals.

If there are any reasons why you may not be able to perform these functions with or without reasonable accommodations, you must notify the Program Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator, or Clinical Instructor immediately.

The essential skills and relevant activities are listed for your review so that potential students and healthcare providers can decide whether or not they may be able to complete the requirements for the Surgical Technology program. MVCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for an applicant with a disability, who is otherwise qualified. Applicants who are unsure if they can meet these essential skills or know they will need help in meeting them should contact the College’s Office of Accessibility Resources at 315-792-5644 to discuss accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.