Carrington College Phoenix Announces New Surgical Technology Program to Support the Medical Community
Surgical technologists go by many titles: Surgical tech, operating room technician, scrub tech or surgical assistant. But regardless of what you call them, they all play an integral role on the operating room team. They are also a vital part of the medical community that is on the front-lines dealing with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
That is why Carrington College in Phoenix is proud to announce a new Surgical Technology Associate of Science degree program that will prepare students for assisting in operations alongside surgeons, registered nurses and other members of a surgical team.
The new Surgical Technology Associate of Science degree program combines hands-on training with career-focused instruction. Within the classroom and a new simulated operating room lab suite, students will learn a variety of surgical procedures and how to prepare for and function in surgery, as well as sterilize equipment for operating room use. The surgical technologist student will take on-campus training to an actual operating room where they will work closely with surgeons, registered nurses and anesthesiologists on real-life patients.
“Surgical technologists are a critical part of a surgery team, especially given our current environment and demand for more medical professionals,” said Campus Director, Frank Marranzini. “Working with well-trained, knowledgeable technologists can significantly impact the outcome of a surgical case, from the success of the surgery itself to the turnover time of an operating room,” added Marranzini. “The addition of this program at our campus will benefit both hospitals and patients by training future employees that are well-educated and reliable. We’re proud to provide this much-needed program to our local community.”
The Associate of Science degree program in Surgical Technology may be completed in a few as 15 months. It combines laboratory practice with real-world clinical experience to teach students important concepts and skills relating to surgical routines, asepsis, communication and post-operative care.
Surgical technologists are qualified to work in a variety of settings including hospitals and specialized surgical clinics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook through 2028 for surgical technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. This is a result of the current pandemic as well as advances in medical technology and more operations being used to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
The communities served by Carrington College benefit from its focus on outcome-based learning and the College’s ability to adapt to its changing needs. Faculty, administrators and staff are committed to helping students develop specific vocational knowledge and skills, as well as achieving the core student learning outcomes in information management, technical literacy and professional development.
Learn more about the Surgical Technology program at Carrington College.