Surgical Technologists are key players in the Operating Room. They assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, RNs, and other surgical staff during live procedures.
Cost of Enrollment: $2009
Total Program Cost: $18,009
Externship Cost: $0 (Included in the Surgical Technology program)
What do Surgical Technologists do?
Surgical technologists are the unsung heroes of the operating room. They are known by many names like scrub tech, OR (operating room) technician, or surgical assistant. Not many people have heard of them, but they are a critical part of any surgical operation. Their responsibilities include preparing the operating room for surgeries, sterilizing equipment and checking that all supplies needed are present, and preparing patients for surgery. During surgery, surgical technologists assist surgeons, count supplies, and maintain a sterile operating environment.
The typical operation from a Surgical Technologist’s POV looks something like this:
Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning the patients on the operating table, covering them with sterile drapes, and taking them to and from the operating room. Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.
During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They also hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment. Technologists also may handle specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.
Surgical Techs are in Demand
The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts faster than average growth in Surgical Technologist jobs in the next 8 years. Even in these uncertain times, healthcare jobs remain remarkably stable due to the consistent need for medical attention and operations. Surgical technologists will always be in demand because they are an essential part of the operating room; as long as surgeries are being performed, these jobs will be around.
Advantages with Altamont
Flexible payment options. We realize the high cost of education and the need that cost should not prevent someone from achieving what they want. We offer various payment options so that our classes are as accessible as possible. Quality affordable education is and will always be our top priority.
Small class sizes. Our instructors are able to communicate effectively with each and every one of our students due to our limited class sizes. Smaller classes allow for more in-depth learning and a personalized experience. Teachers are able to answer all our students’ questions and address their concerns.
Experienced instructors. Our instructors are experienced in what they teach and will guide towards success in this program, in the certification exam, and in the real-world. Our curriculum was meticulously crafted to meld theoretical knowledge and hands-on learning so that you are prepared for the exam and the world beyond.
Real-world experience. This course includes a 300-hour externship where you will learn how to perform your duties as a Surgical Technologist in a real surgical setting. Our immersion program will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in a hospital setting.