NBSTSA Surgical Technology Board Review Questions and Practice Tests

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Surgical Technology Careers and Study Guides

Surgical technology is a great career that’s growing fast – over 30% the next ten years according to the bureau of labor statistics. The median pay is $42,000 annually. For those of us that do it, it’s been a really rewarding career helping others. In general, it’s a low paperwork job… you’ll spend a significant amount of time in the operating room. Once you pass the exam, there are significant opportunities. But, the test is a significant milestone. Many (but not all) positions require a technical certification.

This NBSTSA content outline should help you focus your study efforts.

Surgical Technology Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Fundamental Knowledge
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology and Anesthesia
  • Infection Control
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Operating Room Environment
  • Concepts of Patient Care
  • Observation
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Medical, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities
  • Occupational Hazards
  • Preoperative Preparation
  • Skin Preparation and Draping
  • Instruments
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Counts and Specimens
  • Sutures and Drains
  • Wound Healing and Dressings
  • Intraoperative and Postoperative Procedures
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Genitourinary Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Technology in the Operating Room
  • Surgical Applications of Electricity
  • Physics and Medicine
  • Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Surgical Robots

Intra-operative procedures are an important part of the exam, and you will find that the BoardVitals question bank focuses heavily on this subject area. We also suggest using Mosby’s PDQ for surgical technology. This is a go-to book for tables, images, and your general reference type materials. We suggest using it alongside our Surgical Technology question bank when practicing, and then also being able to complete our exam (in test mode conditions) without the reference guide. Another good book is Differentiating Surgical Instruments, if you need specific review and you are a visual learner.

The NBSTSA exam is computer-based, and our format follows very closely. You can change your answers, skip questions, and mark questions for review (in both our platform as well as actual exam conditions)

BoardVitals is an excellent resource for CSFA questions and CST questions.

If you need any help, feel free to reach out to us.