HM - Surgical Technologist

Job Description


Surgical Technologists assists the medical officer in carrying out surgical techniques. Provides nursing care, safety, and support to patients before, during and after surgery. Selects, sterilizes and prepares instruments and materials for the aseptic environment necessary for surgery. Assists anesthetist during operating procedures in giving artificial respiration and in the use of resuscitators. Maintains surgical equipment and records. Assists with instruction, supervision, and evaluation of students and other corpsmen assigned duties relating to surgery.

There are 5 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Job that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section to view these credentials.

Note: To see all the credentials for which you are eligible, view both the Hospital Corpsman job page and your job page. The HM - Hospital Corpsman Basic job page shows credentials and information common to all Hospital Corpsman.

Voluntary Education

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Click here to go to Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) COOL training gap analysis page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) demonstrates that a professional meets the national standard for work as a surgical technologist. CSTs must master a wide range of skills needed for surgical procedures, aseptic techniques, and patient care. Candidates must meet educational requirements and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Medical Technologists (AMT), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification is an entry-level credential for professionals who perform routine administrative and clinical tasks in medical setting especially offices and clinics. RMAs provide medical administrative support, liaise between doctors and the patients, and conduct a variety of clinical duties. Candidates for the RMA must meet educational and experiential requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Sterile Processing Management (CSPM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) Certified Sterile Processing Management (CSPM) credential is for candidates who have a minimum of 24 months full-time experience as a hands-on SPD Supervisor or Manager, or a minimum of 24 months of full-time experience in allied health and 24 months in SPD with successful completion of a Sterile Processing management course, or a minimum of 36 months full-time experience as an SPD Technician or Lead Technician and successful completion of a Sterile Processing management course. Exam topics include Rules and Regulations, Roles and Responsibilities, Fiscal Management, Human Resources Management, Life Sciences, and General Knowledge.
Click here to go to Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD), Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) is a mid-level certification. CSPDT's learn and perform all aspects of sterile processing functions with basic surgical instrumentation in the health care workplace including, A&P, microbiology, infection control, decontamination, surgical instrumentation, prep and packaging, sterilization and inventory control. Candidates must meet experience and educational requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification is designed to recognize entry level and existing technicians who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a central service technician. CRCSTs are integral members of the healthcare team, responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety. To earn the CRCST certification, candidates are required to successfully demonstrate skills through completion of hands-on work experience and must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Surgical Instrument Specialist (CSIS) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD), Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Surgical Instrument Specialist (CSIS) credential is for candidates who have a current/valid CBSPD certification as a SPD Technician (CSPDT) and meets experience and/or education requirements. Minimum experience requirements includes 24 months of full-time employment performing Operating Room surgical instrument processing activities. Candidates must complete a written examination.
Click here to go to Tech in Surgery - Certified (TS-C) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), Tech in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) credential is for allied health professionals who perform pre, intra, and post operatively. TS-Cs are responsible for maintaining an aseptic and safe environment during surgery, and for anticipating the surgeon’s needs. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD), Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) is a mid-level certification. Candidate's must have knowledge in infection control, mechanisms of disease transmission, types of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, virus, fungus, prions), reprocessing techniques, inspection processes, scope functions and handling (configuration/orientation) cleaning techniques. Candidates must meet experience and educational requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) COOL Snapshot page.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who process endoscopes. CERs transport, test, clean, inspect, disinfect and sterilize, and store endoscopes in accordance with industry standards, guidelines and regulations, and manufacturers’ instructions for use. Earning the CER requires that applicants meet experience requirements and must pass the exam.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

Click for external link to CareerOneStop's Credentials Center.

Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

Gap Analysis

The credential requirements have been compared to military training.

Click here to go to the COOL training gap analysis page.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

Click to go to the external link for GI Bill licensing and certification information.

Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

Registered Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.

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