Starting a career in medicine is a good choice these days, but sometimes it seems overwhelming. It’s too hard. It will cost too much! I’ll never make it! These are all things we’ve heard or said ourselves. But there is hope and opportunity out there. By becoming a certified surgical technician you can be on your way to a great career.
The first step is to find an accredited program where you can earn your degree in Surgical Technology. This generally takes 2 years. There is a wide range of tech schools, colleges, and universities that offer such programs. You need to find a school that is right for you. Once you enroll you will be taking courses such as Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology. Your day will consist of lectures, labs, and hands-on experience. You will be familiar with many different surgical devices and equipment.
Some of you out there may already be a CST (certified surgical technician), which means you have already earned your degree and have passed your exam. Once you have a good amount of experience, you may be ready for a change. By becoming a Surgical Technology Instructor, you can help your fellow “scrubs” to reach their goals too.
The field of surgical technology is ever expanding and changing. With the invention of lasers and fiber optics, more training is needed and the demand for more technicians is on the rise. You can be a part of this, by choosing to become a surgical technology instructor. Many colleges are looking for qualified candidates with their CST certification and several years of experience. As an instructor, your responsibilities will include: teaching the modules that you, in fact, learned in your studies. You must teach according to the state’s standards and the college’s curriculum. You will be in charge of monitoring your student’s progress and administering grades according to the college’s policies.
This can be a very awarding job. Most companies offer competitive salaries with benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid holidays and reimbursement for any continuing education.
If you have a passion for learning and enjoy what you do, you should think about going into a career where you can help others like you. Teaching can be a very rewarding job. By becoming a Surgical Technology Instructor you will not only be advancing your career, but you will be providing a valuable learning experience for someone just starting out.