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Are you a detail-oriented person looking for a rewarding health career? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference in a patient’s life? If you think you would thrive in the fast-paced world of a hospital operating room, consider a career as a surgical technologist.
Surgical technologists serve as key members of the medical team assisting surgeons in the operating room. They must be able to think on their feet, keep cool under pressure and work well as team players.
This program prepares you to go straight to work as a surgical technologist and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy — nearly one-third of the total increase — through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor) are in health care occupations.
CareerOneStop projects a 30 percent increase in national positions for surgical technologists through the coming decade. U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists surgical technologist among its best health care jobs through the next decade.
Local job prospects are even better. Surgical technologist is listed as a targeted occupation by Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, projecting 1,500 job openings through 2017 at an average salary of $22.49 an hour, with local job growth at 37.5 percent.
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El Centro College
El Centro College is the only college in DCCCD to offer the Surgical Technologist program and the
Surgical Technologist Associate in Applied Sciences Degree, a five-semester program that can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student. The first semester is the Health Occupations Core Curriculum which consists of general education and health occupations core courses, all of which are completed before applying for admission to the program. The remainder of the curriculum provides intensive didactic and clinical training in the allied health specialty of surgical technology.
Graduates are eligible for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certified Surgical Technologist Exam. Certification is a requirement of employment as a surgical technologist in Texas.
Surgical technologists can complete the Associate Degree Nursing program via the advanced placement RN Bridge program at El Centro College. Admission is open to applicants who are registered surgical technologists, who have not previously enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing program and who complete all entrance requirements. Graduates of the RN Bridge program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.
A Continuing Education (C.E.) Surgical Technology Refresher course (SRGT-1091-51201) is offered online each Fall and Spring semester for current non-certified surgical technologists to prepare for the national certification exam.