Tech in Surgery (TS-C) — MedCerts

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18 Weeks

Program Length

9%

10 year Job Growth

$33,000

Avg. Starting Salary1

Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority National Center for Competency Testing

Established in 1989, the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is an independent credentialing organization that has tested more than 50,000 healthcare professionals and instructors in the United States.

TS-C Certification Detail

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 Programs for TS-C Certification 2 matches

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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.

TS-C Certification. Skill Gained

  • Learn the skills and knowledge for the competent, entry-level Surgical Technologist
  • Understand the instrumentation and equipment used in the operating room
  • Develop a strong surgical conscience, accountability and understanding of actions
  • Instill appropriate ethical, professional and respectful values while providing patient care

TS-C Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

Surgical Technologist

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.

$33,000 - $58,000
Estimated Salary1

highest Paying

Operating Room Technician

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.

$33,000 - $58,000
Estimated Salary1
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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