SURGICAL TECHNICIAN - NEW PROGRAM!!
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Why take the Surgical Technician Fast Track?
Surgical technologists (also known as operating room technicians or scrub techs) are an important member of the operating team. They work alongside surgeons and nurses in the operating room, making sure that patients are prepared for surgery, ensuring that piece of equipment is sterilized and working perfectly, and being ready when the surgical team asks for an instrument. Surgical techs are also known to stand in as an extra pair of hands when the need arises. With evening classes and an intensive 525-hour externship, you will gain the skills necessary to excel in this field.
If you are ready to start a career in healthcare, you’ll find everything you need to become a Surgical Technician right here!
What Are the Duties of a Surgical Technician?
Surgical technologists prepare the operating room and arrange equipment in order to assist the surgeon during a medical procedure. Surgical technicians, commonly referred to as surgical technologists or operating room (OR) technicians, work alongside surgeons, surgical assistants, nurses and anesthesiologists during medical procedures.
Surgical technicians assist surgeons and other medical professionals in hospital operating rooms and similar environments. Chiefly, they prepare patients, rooms, and equipment for pending surgical procedures. They also assist during those procedures as part of a team of operating room professionals.
What Is My Occupational Outlook?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 9% increase in the employment of surgical technologists from 2018-2028 (www.bls.gov). This projected increase was partially attributed to a growing elderly population that is expected to require more surgical procedures in the coming years.
The average annual salary for surgical technologists was $49,040 in May 2018, according to BLS figures. Most of the surgical tech workforce found employment in general medical and surgical hospitals. Surgical technologists working for specialty hospitals (except psychiatric and substance abuse) earned the highest average salary, at $55,110 a year.
Surgical technologists prepare the patient for procedures and make sure equipment is properly arranged and sterilized, and hold instruments or set up equipment as necessary while the surgery is underway. Jobs for surgical technologists are expected to increase at a faster than average rate through 2028, and salaries averaged $49,040 in 2018.(www.bls.gov)
What Education Do I Need?
With 125 hours of classroom and online learning and 525 hours in a clinical externship gaining hands-on experience, the benefits of attending the Surgical Technician certificate program through Lenape Tech’s Adult and Continuing Education are:
- Programs can be completed in just a few months
- Small class sizes.
- Preparation for certification through the National Center for Competency Testing
We understand that the majority of our students may need to work while they attend adult education classes. To accommodate those students, class schedules are flexible. Don’t let your current job and the schedule of classes discourage you from registering today!
Registration packets can be picked up in the Adult Education office for students to complete program prerequisites.