Division: Allied Health
Program: Surgical Technology
Degree: Associate In Applied Science
Graduate degreed students can pursue additional education to become Surgical First Assistants, or advance to other healthcare occupations such as, Physician Assistants, or Registered Operating Room Nurses. Graduates may also seek employment in hospitals and other healthcare environments relating to the field of Surgical Technology, such as sales.
Certified Surgical Technologists have excellent job opportunities. Surgical Technologists can earn certification through one of two credentialing organizations, the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), OR National Center for Competency Testing, OR the National Healthcare Association (NHA).
Employment of surgical technologists is anticipated to grow 17% from 2014 to 2020. Job prospects are best for Surgical Technologists who have completed an accredited education program and who maintain their professional certification.
With improved advancements in medicine and technology, surgical procedures have become a common standard as a form of treatment. Scheduled operations are performed to treat a variety of illnesses, injuries, and enhancements. This includes breakthroughs in cancer treatment, orthopedics such as joint replacement, and plastic surgery. Advanced technology and complicated surgical equipment requires a highly skilled workforce with specialized training, hospitals and outpatient clinics will continue to be the main employer of a growing demand for trained Certified Surgical Technologists.
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