Endoscopy Technicians


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Classes that provide a good foundation for future endoscopy technician work include biology, chemistry, mathematics, computers, and English. Strong interpersonal skills are also needed so be sure to take communications and psychology classes.

Postsecondary Education

Many endoscopy technicians have an associate's degree in endoscopy and surgical technology. Associate's degree programs include courses in surgical and endoscopy technology, medical terminology, endoscopy tech lab, surgical pharmacology, surgery teamwork, and professional skills in the operating room, among other topics. While in school, students participate in clinical practice, gaining practical experience under the supervision of gastroenterologists, endoscopy nurses, and anesthesiologists.

Other Education or Training

Continuing education opportunities are provided by many national and state organizations, including the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association of Medical Assistants, American Society of Medical Technicians, and the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Contact these organizations for more information.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification in basic life support (BLS) is required for endoscopy technician work. The American Red Cross offers the BLS certification: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/bls.

The Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates offers specialist credentials to technicians who complete their Associates Program or Advanced Associates Program in GI/endoscopy. Find information at https://www.sgna.org/Learn/Associates-Technicians. The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution offers five levels of certification, including Technician, Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor, and Surgical Instrument Specialist. Certification ensures safe and effective medical practices that protect the public. For details, visit https://www.cbspd.net.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

An associate's degree in endoscopy technology and one or more years of clinical experience in endoscopic procedures is usually required for endoscopy technician jobs. Technicians are detail oriented and careful and thorough in completing their tasks. They pay close attention to medical safety procedures and protocols, and are able to identify problems or issues with equipment or materials and inform medical team members of their findings.

Endoscopy technicians must have strong communication and interpersonal skills for dealing with patients, who typically have many questions and who may be nervous about the endoscopy procedure. Technicians must be able to share information in ways that help patients understand and stay calm. Technicians must also be good listeners and have clear writing skills, which will help with collecting and accurately recording patients' medical information. The job also requires physical stamina for long hours spent on one's feet, and also good hand and arm steadiness for assisting physicians during procedures by handling medical instruments and tools and collecting tissue samples and other specimens.