Fascinated with the human body? Work well under pressure? Consider a career in the operating room as a surgical technologist.
Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, sterilize and arrange equipment, and help doctors and nurses during surgeries. Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. Post-operative responsibilities may include helping transfer the patient to a recovery room and restocking the operating room.
About the Program
Delta’s surgical technology program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program’s foundation includes courses in anatomy and physiology (A & P), microbiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology. Your training will include the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, how to set up technical or robotic equipment, and preventing and controlling infections. In addition to classroom study, you will also work in supervised clinical settings in an area hospital to gain hands-on experience.
Careers and Job Outlook
Most employment opportunities are in hospitals, but some surgical technologists work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012- 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
State of Michigan yearly earnings: $40,460
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System
National average earnings: $41,790
Source: 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh
What are students saying?
"You can never be completely prepared and I know I will encounter many challenges, but I am ready to tackle them head on!" – Angela Hunter
"My instructors taught me real life experiences that I can apply to my career. I feel confident and ready to go out into the working world." – Kelly Frendscho
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