Surgical Technologists are often called scrubs and surgical or operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel.
Surgical Technologists, also known as surgical operating room technicians or scrub techs, are in a highly-trained position to assist with surgeries under the supervision of a surgeon. This individual works to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists are a member of the surgery team which is generally comprised of surgeons, circulating nurses, and anesthesiologists.
Surgical Technology students receive classroom lectures and lab training at our Palm Harbor, FL campus. Students also participate in an off-campus externship program in hospitals and other surgical centers.
The program is designed to provide students with the theory and clinical practice to prepare them as competent entry-level Surgical Technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program also provides hands-on operating room experience that includes:
Surgical Technology students are required to complete *70.5 credit hours (approximately - 50 Weeks-Day; 60 Weeks-Evening). Graduates of the Surgical Technology program receive an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree and CPR certification from the American Heart Association.. Full-time students can complete the program in 1 year (day students) or 14 months (evening students).
*The listing of credits is not meant to imply that credits can be transferred into college or other private career school programs. Transfer credits are at the sole discretion of the receiving school.
The Department of Labor lists the mean annual wages of surgical technologists in 2010 were $42,690 in offices of physicians and $42,480 in Outpatient Care Centers. They also point out that healthcare employers are particularly interested in certified surgical technologists, so job prospects should be best for surgical technologists with formal training such as that offered at Central Florida Institute.
The United States Department of Labor indicates that employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 25 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, as the volume of surgeries increases.
There is a high demand for qualified Surgical Technologists in the Tampa Bay area to work in the following areas:
Graduates of the Surgical Technology Program at Central Florida Institute in the Tampa Bay area are highly trained professionals that are qualified to perform the following:
The Surgical Technology program program at Central Florida Institute in Palm Harbor is accredited by the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education for Surgical Technologists.
Surgical Technology graduates may obtain the following national credential by passing the certification examination:
(CST®) - Certified Surgical Technologist through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
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