Learning surgical technology provides students with a well-balanced, solid foundation for working as a surgical technician in a variety of settings.
Surgical technology schools should help students gain the knowledge and hands-on ability in the surgical suite. Their job duties include preparing the surgical equipment and room, helping patients get ready for surgery, assisting during surgery, and helping patients after surgery.
That is a lot of responsibility. That’s why it is so important to select the right surgical technology school. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) of Arlington, Va. accredits Harris’ surgical technology school. Their third-party approval allows students confidence. They know that their education will properly prepare them for working as a surgical tech.
Our curriculum includes:
- perioperative environments
- medical law and ethics
- anatomy and physiology
- sterile technique
- OSHA regulations
- communication skills
- medical terminology and procedures within the medical specialties
We look beyond the scalpel. We help students gain a balance of both technical skills and “soft” skills. In doing so, we prepare them for a career, not just completing job duties. “Soft” skills include communication and how to work well with others, even what can be a stressful situation.
While anyone who wants to learn and care for others may become a good surgical tech, a solid comprehension of science and anatomy in high school can be helpful to succeeding at a surgical tech school.
Many people assume that surgical techs work only in hospitals; however, that is only one potential place to work. Workplaces abound for those who successfully complete their surgical tech program and pass the exam with the National Board of Surgical, Anatomy and Physiology. They could also work at independent surgical centers, doctor’s offices, specialty practices, and institutions such as correctional facilities and nursing homes.
As an entry-level position, the surgical tech career can only go up, up up! A common career path for a surgical tech who wants to advance is to complete further education. Usually, that’s a bachelor’s degree that will qualify the candidate to become a surgical first assistant. Completing a surgical tech program could also provide a solid foundation to transition into a different healthcare career.
Many medical organizations offer tuition reimbursement for their employees. Studying at a surgical tech school and completing the program could provide a foothold in the healthcare world that goes far beyond the surgical technology position.