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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.

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Why is This a Good Career Bet?

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 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.   

America’s Career Infonet projects an incredible 39 percent increase in positions for surgical technologists through the coming decade. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent.  

Surgical technician is listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job openings, showing 1,310 job openings this year at an average salary of $20.65 an hour. U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists surgical technologist among its best health care jobs through the next decade.  

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Degrees or Certificates in the Surgical Technologist Program

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.