Becoming a Colorado Surgical Tech
In today’s medical field, surgeries, both elective and non-elective have become increasingly common. Whether it is a lifesaving emergency surgery performed at a trauma care center, or a minor surgical procedure that occurs in the doctor’s office, the number and types of surgical procedures continue to increase.
This has resulted in a growing demand for surgical technologists to support the surgeon and other professionals inside and outside of the surgery.
A surgical technician assists the surgeon, nurses and other personnel during all stages of the surgery. Their duties commonly include the following:
Surgical technicians must be capable of quickly and accurately following instructions from the surgeon and other medical personnel. In addition, they must be able to accurately communicate with their fellow professionals, especially during time critical operations.
Surgical technicians who are working in emergency rooms or trauma care centers must be capable of carrying out their duties calmly even during emergencies. Finally, they must be professional and courteous, especially when dealing with patients and their families.
In order to become a skilled surgical technician, the student must attend a program focusing in surgical technology. These programs are offered by community colleges as well as vocational schools. Only surgical tech schools in Colorado that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) should be considered. CAAHEP ensures that the program maintains the highest educational standards and is fully up to date with the current practice of surgical technology.
In most cases, these programs take about two years to complete. However, there are a number of other options available to students. Part-time and online programs allow students to study at their own pace and even take classes from home. This is especially useful for students who are currently working or caring for a family.
Becoming a certified surgical technologist can radically improve the individual’s career options. There are several different programs that can allow this, all of which are nationally recognized. In most cases, becoming a technologist will involve taking an exam to demonstrate the individual’s skill, proof of graduation from a CAAHEP accredited program, and in some cases, work experience as a surgical technologist. In addition, certified surgical techs must renew their certification on a regular basis by demonstrating that they have taken continuing education courses to remain current with the state of their profession.
The three certifying agencies are:
Colorado does not require the surgical tech to have any specific training or certification, but it does require that any individual serving primarily as a surgical technician be registered with the state. However, many organizations will only hire surgical technicians who have completed accredited programs, or in some cases only certified technicians. A certified surgical technician will definitely enjoy better career options than non-certified techs, for example.
Surgical techs currently enjoy a bright professional outlook. With the rise of outpatient clinics and urgent care centers, surgical technicians have a wide range of potential employers.
Those wishing to work in a traditional hospital setting will find that surgical procedures remain a major component of modern medicine, requiring highly trained technicians in the operating room.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that by 2020 there will be over 110,000 surgical technicians in the United States. The median salary of over $39,000 compares favorably with other professions requiring similar levels of education and training.
Whether for a currently working individual seeking to transfer to a more rewarding career or for a newly graduated student, becoming a surgical technician offers a well-regarded and secure career. With its excellent salary and advancement options, this profession can be an excellent career choice in today’s economy.
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We are proud to support our country’s veterans. As a Yellow Ribbon Participant and recipient of the 2014 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, Inc., providing life-changing career training is our commitment to both our civilian and military students.
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