Fascinated with the human body? Work well under pressure? Consider a career in the operating room as a surgical technologist.
Surgical technologists are an integral part of a team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective handling of surgical procedures, ensuring the operating room is safe, that equipment works properly and that the procedure maximizes patient safety.
Surgical technologists are well versed in sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools and technologies to assist a physician in various procedures.
About the program
The Surgical Technologist program at Delta College takes a year to complete and begins each fall. Students are required to have between 33 and 35 general education credits (see Program Details and Requirements) and must complete the validation process for the program.
Training will include the care and safety of patients, 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.
Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certifying Exam. The pass rate of Delta graduates for this exam was 100 percent in 2015. Program completion and employment rates are also very high.
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.
Surgical Technologists in Michigan earn an average of $42,480. The national average is $43,350.
Source: 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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