Surgical technology is a rapidly growing field in medicine. Due to the demand for more surgeries, the demand for qualified surgical technicians is on the rise. New technology is being introduced and more and more training needs to be implemented. The scope of work has changed drastically. More cooperation is needed between the engineers and computing departments as technology advances.
The objective of Msc Surgical Technology is to guide technicians to more knowledge of the technology they will come across in their field of medicine. Technicians need to gain knowledge in areas of application and development of new technology. The training they will receive will be connected to other fields, such as Engineering and Computers. They will be expected to conduct research in this field and connect their research to the field of clinical medicine and surgery.
Different courses that are offered are courses such as, Endoscopy and New Technology, The Computer Age-Information Technology, and Imaging and Visualization. The role of the Surgical Technician is ever evolving.
Requirements for entry into an MSc Surgical Technology course is to have a medical degree or at least a degree in a science or a relevant subject. If you have a medical degree you need at least 2 years of clinical experience preferably with surgical training. For non-medical degrees, you must have at least 2 years experience in your chosen field related to surgery or surgical equipment. You also need basic experience in computing.
The courses are generally offered over a 36 month period, part-time. You usually take 3-course modules during a 3-year cycle with 3 modules per year. Each module is an intense 5-day course equal to 15 credits. There is a total of 35 hours of instruction which includes tutorials, case studies, and distant learning.
A research paper is also assigned. A topic is selected in the first year. A thesis is written which is required to be 10,000 to 15,000 words. The thesis is submitted in the final year.
You must receive a passing grade in at least 7 out of the 9 modules. You must also pass written examinations and receive a passing grade of 50%-70% on your thesis.
Taking this route to obtain an MSc in Surgical Technology is an invaluable endeavor to your goal of working in a surgical career. You will be afforded a higher level of academics. You will develop your abilities to progress further in your field of choice.