Essay on Career Profile: Surgical Technologist

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Everyday life in a hospital is complete and absolute chaos. There are doctors and nurses running everywhere to treat patients, ambulances coming through every so often, children and patients crying, and surgeons telling a family that their loved one did not make it. However, outside of all that craziness is an operating room (OR). A place filled with pressure, intensity, high hopes, and stress. There to help control the environment is a surgical technologist. While preparing patients for surgery, surgical technologists manage the equipment and operating room, follow the instructions of the surgeon, and ensure the safety of the patient. Surgical technologists are members of the surgical team who work in the operating room with surgeons, …show more content…
Training programs last nine to twenty-four months and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associates degree (www.bls.gov, par. 3). In college, students go through three semesters of surgical technologist courses. First semester required courses consist of: English Composition I, Fundamentals of Surgical Technology, Principles of Surgical Techniques, and Surgical Anatomy. Second semester contains classes like: Surgical Microbiology, Basic and Related Surgical Procedures, and Specialized Surgical Procedures I. Third semester courses include: Specialized Surgical Procedures I, Advances Surgical Procedures, and Certification and Role Transitions. The total amount of hours in each semester will be forty-six. MGCCC includes an in-state tuition of $1,150 per semester, but also includes other costs, for instance, a fifty dollar registration fee, a ten dollar online fee, a thirty dollar book service charge, a three dollar technology fee, and a career-technical program fee (www.mgccc.edu, par. 1). Before becoming a surgical technologist, achieving a certification is recommended. Certification is provided by the Liaison Counsel on Certification for the Surgical Technologist and it is national, which means that technologists can work in any state once they are certified. Recertification is required every six years (Hayes 843). Graduates are usually offered jobs

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