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Becoming a Surgical Technologist

Can you imagine a surgical room without a surgical technologist? Me neither. The first surgical technologists were born and bred out of the military. Since nurses were not allowed anywhere near the battlefield, the military trained “medics” to work alongside surgeons. However, it was not after the two world wars of the twentieth century that sparked the need for trained operating room personnel. The role of the “operating room nurse” and “medic” evolved into a separate allied health career, now known as Surgical Technology.

Surgical Technologists- Duties and Responsibilities

Did you know surgical technologists are also called surgical technicians or operating room technicians? These highly skilled allied health professionals fulfill many important duties and responsibilities required for a successful surgery.

Before a surgical procedure, the surgical technologist (ST) is responsible for ensuring the proper arrangement and availability of all necessary equipment needed for the patient’s surgical procedure. They ensure that each surgical equipment and monitoring device is connected and working properly. The surgical technologist is also responsible for prepping the patient for surgery.

During the surgery, one of the (ST) duties is to pass instruments and other sterile supplies to the surgeon and surgical assistant. After the surgical procedure, the (ST) gathers and secures all contaminated instruments, cleans and disinfects the surgical instruments and preps the operating room for the next procedure. sat

Essential Traits

In order for a surgical technologist to be a valued team member, he or she must be able to maintain focused and calm during extremely stressful, emergency situations. Other highly regarded traits are the ability to listen, to follow directions; one wrong move can put a patient in critical condition. The aspirant surgical technologist must also have a strong desire to contribute to society and to help others feel better. Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful surgical technologist?

Educational Requirements

To become a skilled surgical technician, a person must obtain post-secondary education. Training for surgical technology can take ten months to two years to complete. Depending on the school the individual decides to attend, they will either receive a diploma of completion or an associate degree. Students in the surgical technology program at our Anthem Education schools learn hands-on training in areas such as: sterilization techniques and instrumentation set-up, and learn about surgical instruments and supplies. Students are also trained in basic surgical skills and laboratory procedures that support operating room functions. If you have any questions about the healthcare field or the surgical technology program, contact one of our campuses, we would love to get you on the right career track.

Career Outlook

A surgical technologist, besides enjoying a place of significance in the healthcare industry, also promises an increased number of job opportunities in the healthcare sector for the future.

Industry statistics and experts (BLS) have predicted a growth in the job outlook of the surgical technologist job position, and have estimated at around 30% growth in the sector for this career. This estimation of 30% growths has been predicted from 2012 to 2022, with the percentage increase in job opportunities greater than in other sectors of the industry.

If you are passionate about pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, and wish for a career with significant opportunities, then a career as a surgical technologist might just be what you seek.



Beginning a Career as a Surgical Technologist

The healthcare field is constantly growing and evolving and in need of trained professionals that are serious about the service they provide to their community. If you are looking to get into the healthcare field, and would love to be where the action is—in the operation room, then keep reading to find out what it takes to be a great surgical technologist.

Responsibilities of a Surgical Technician

A surgical technologist or surgical technician is responsible for supervising the preparation of operating rooms prior to surgery. They practice extreme care to ensure that all the surgical instruments are properly sterilized for the operating room. They supervise the working of the junior operating room staff and assist the surgeon during the surgical procedure.  A surgical technician is a valuable asset to surgeons in the operating room and they must be able to maintain a sharp eye to detail and composure during long operations.

Get the Proper Training

In order to become a successful surgical technologist, an individual must acquire the proper training from an accredited school.  The surgical technologist programs, also called surgical technology at select Anthem Education campuses provide students the knowledge and skill needed to be a valuable member in an operating room. Students in the Surgical Tech program learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, receive hands-on training in basic surgical skills and laboratory procedures. Having the proper training and externship experience provides the necessary knowledge and technical skills needed in order to succeed as a surgical technologist.

Important Skills to Learn

An individual, who intends to pursue a successful career as a surgical technologist, needs to adopt certain skills and traits, making it an ideal career choice for someone who is great under pressure. Excellent manual dexterity and arm/hand steadiness are perhaps the most critical skills needed in an operating room, along with communication skills, particularly the ability to comprehend speech and effectively communicate with other team members. Critical thinking, social perceptiveness and information ordering—the ability to order items in a defined format or according to specified rules—are also essential when working in the operating room. The main thing to remember when starting out as a surgical technologist is to work hard and learn as much as possible from the senior doctors and specialists. To make your mark in your job, it is essential to be willing to learn and put into practice all that you were taught in your training.

Employment Outlook for Surgical Technologists

The employment outlook for surgical technologists is strong, with projected growth of about 30% during the next decade. This is considered “much faster than average” growth for a job sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surgical technologists may advance their careers by specializing in progressively more demanding and more difficult medical specialties. Some of the most challenging would include neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.  If you are truly interested in helping people feel better and are up for a challenge, then entering the surgical technology field might very well be the correct choice for you.

Press Release: Anthem College—Orlando Launches Surgical Technologist Associate Degree

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, June 7, 2011—Anthem College—Orlando recently launched a new Surgical Technologist Associate in Science program.

The new program, says Campus President David Champlin, will help fill an expected demand for surgical technologists in the Orlando region. “More than 20 new operating rooms will come online in 2012,” Champlin says, citing current construction of the Nemours Children’s Hospital and the Orlando VA Medical Center at Medical City at Lake Nona.

Medical City already houses two other hospitals: Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Other Orlando institutions include Arnold Palmer Medical Center, the nation’s largest hospital facility dedicated to serving the medical needs of women and children.

Anthem’s Surgical Technologist students will train in surgical labs designed to look like actual surgical theaters, where they will learn surgical procedures and techniques, instrumentation, infection control and patient positioning. Their coursework will cover human body systems, pharmacology, anesthesiology and communication skills.

After completing their coursework, students will be placed in externships where they will work with surgical teams. Upon graduating with the Associate in Science degree, they will be ready to compete for entry-level positions to assist surgical teams before, during, and after surgical procedures as surgical technologists, laboratory and delivery technicians, sterile processing technicians, or private surgical scrubs.

In addition, “each graduate enters the market with our Graduate Quality Warranty,” Champlin says. “This guarantees their skills and capabilities to employers. If an employer is dissatisfied for any reason, we will provide re-training, at no cost to anyone.”

“We are that confident in our graduates,” Champlin adds.

Persons interested in learning more about Anthem College’s Surgical Technologist program should contact the school at 407.893.7400, or visit the school’s Website.


About Anthem College–Orlando

Originally established in 1998, Anthem College–Orlando is part of Anthem Education Group (AEG), a Phoenix, Arizona-based family of schools and colleges that provides career-focused training and education programs at 23 accredited institutions in 15 states as well as online. The AEG family of schools includes Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Career College, Anthem Institute, Morrison University, and Anthem College – Bryman School. For more information, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

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Anthem College Atlanta Student Wins Leadership Award

Imagine America, an organization dedicated to research, scholarship and training for Career Colleges in the United States has named Lauren Santiago, a Surgical Technology student studying at Anthem College Atlanta, as one of the 10 recipients of the 2011 Imagine America LDRSHIP Award.

This annual award is given out to students who have served our country in the military and are now pursuing an education at a career college. Lauren was chosen due to her excellent grades and impressive military record. She served in the Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman with the designation of Air Warfare designation (AOANAW).

“It is a true and valuable blessing to have received this leadership award,” says Lauren. “I am elated that my military service and academic accomplishments have been recognized and grateful that I was selected.”

Lauren and the other award recipients will be recognized at the 2011 APSCU Annual Convention & Expo held June 6-8 in Grapevine, TX.

Way to go, Lauren!

Read our press release about Lauren’s award
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