The Surgical Technology program trains students to become integral members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesia care providers, registered nurses and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during and after surgery.
Surgical technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They have an understanding of the procedure being performed, anticipate the needs of the surgeon and perioperative team members, and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure while monitoring and preserving the sterile field.
Students receive in-depth practical knowledge and substantive clinical education related to the OR. Graduates have received more in-depth education in the specialized processes and procedures that exist in surgery.
The Surgical Technology program at NCCC qualifies graduates to sit for the National Certification Exam.
Employment in surgical technology is expected to grow as the volume of surgeries increase and technology advances require expert assistance during those surgical procedures. Hospitals continue to be the primary employer of surgical technologists, although other career options include physicians’ office assistant, obstetrical unit technician, and outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers, sterile supply management and/or technician, surgical supply representatives, and surgical technology education instruction.
The US Department of Labor 2010 reports median pay at $39,920 per year and $19.19 per hour with an expected 19% growth in job outlook in the future.