If you want to become a surgical technician, learn more about what this field requires
Are you interested in becoming a surgical technician? Do you want to be a part of a medical team that works in an operating room? If you live in the Delaware Valley, you may want to look at surgical technician schools in Delaware and New Jersey. The Harris School of Business offers a Surgical Technician program in two locations: one in Dover, Delaware, the other in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Surgical technicians play an important role in the operating room, by helping the operating team with preparing the room, monitoring equipment, and assisting with keeping tasks running smoothly. What are some of the responsibilities you would have as a surgical technician? Below are some of the tasks that might be required of you on a typical day on the job:
- Help prepare the operating room for upcoming operations
- Get the instruments, equipment, and drapes set up for the procedure
- Check equipment to be sure it is operating correctly
- Transport patients to and from the operating room
- Observe vital signs of the patient as the team is preparing for surgery
- Assist in passing instruments and supplies to the surgeons and other team members during the operations
- Help operate equipment, lights, and other machines during procedures
- Clean and re-stock the operating room after operations have been completed
Do these tasks interest you? Surgical technicians are important members of surgical teams, and they can make a true difference in someone’s life. In addition to enjoying your day-to-day tasks, you may find that knowing that you are helping others will contribute to your overall career satisfaction.
What Surgical Technician Schools in Delaware and New Jersey Can Offer
If you live in the tri-state area, and are looking into surgical technician schools in Delaware and New Jersey, it’s important find out what the programs will offer in terms of job training, coursework, and practicums.
At the Harris School of Business, our Surgical Technician programs in Dover, Delaware and Voorhees, New Jersey are designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin a career as a surgical technician.
The coursework includes an in-depth training program that features these skills:
- Basic principles of aseptic techniques
- Supplies and equipment
- Preoperative case management
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Human anatomy, physiology, and the basis of the body systems
- Sterilization techniques, standards, and protocols
- Pharmacology relating to drugs that are associated with surgical and emergency care procedures
- A 500-hour surgical technology practicum in a hospital or outpatient surgery center
Where do surgical technicians work?
Jobs for surgical technicians are typically in hospitals or surgery centers. Some surgical technicians take an interest in certain specialty areas, such as emergency surgery or outpatient surgery. According to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for surgical technicians and surgical technologists is positive. The handbook predicts: “Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
What is the difference between a surgical technician and a surgical technologist?
Is a surgical technician the same as a surgical technologist? Sometimes the two terms can be used interchangeably, while at other times, the term “surgical technologist” implies a higher level of training. When choosing your educational path, it is important to be aware that there are different levels of training in this field. Some surgical technicians/technologists have earned a two-year associate’s degree. Others have attended shorter training programs, such as the accelerated career-focused training that is offered at the Harris School. When looking into job opportunities, you might see ads for “surgical technicians,” “surgical technologists,” or “surgical assistants.” It is important to be sure that your level of training matches the requirements that are described in the ad.
If the job responsibilities of a surgical technician look good to you, it may be time to look into getting the training you need to start in this field. The admissions representatives at the Harris School of Business are available during business hours to talk with you about your options. Call Harris at 1.800.510.7920 and find out if Harris is the right choice for you.