Surgical Tech Careers For Program Developers


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The Centers of Excellence provide valuable information for those professionals developing programs and curriculum for Surgical Technicians.

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Surgical Tech Careers For Program Developers

  1. 1. Healthcare: Recession-Proof Jobs Surgical Technician Careers
  2. 2. Surgical Technologists are one of the six allied health occupations with the highest growing demand. Centers of Excellence – 2008 Study Allied Health in Los Angeles County
  3. 3. Factors for Growing Demand Growing number and complexity of surgical procedures Shortage of operating room nurses Aging population which requires more surgical procedures Retirement of baby-boomers from the allied health workforce Current recession, which forces more people into the public health care system, where they tend to develop more serious conditions and require more surgical interventions
  4. 4. Industry Trends Los Angeles County (2008 – 2013) Jobs in Growth in 2009 Licenses/ Certification Required Description L.A. job Median County openings Hourly (5 yrs) Earnings Surgical 2419 15% $20.75 Certification is voluntary, not required in California. Two Technologists certifications are available: Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Technologist in Surgery – Certified (TS-C) from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  5. 5. Employer Demands Employers who were surveyed for this study indicated that it is “not difficult” to find inexperienced Surgical Technologists, but it is “difficult” or “very difficult” to hire experienced candidates. Employers prefer candidates who are certified and some employers pay higher wages to employees who maintain their credential. Eight of the 11 employers who provided input for the study, stated that there was a need for a community college degree or certificate program in Los Angeles County.
  6. 6. What do surgical techs do? Commonly known as scrubs or operating room techs, they perform more highly skilled tasks under the supervision of operating room nurses, including minor surgery.
  7. 7. Typical Tasks Before surgery, they may prepare the patients, facilities, and instruments. During surgery they may assist by passing instruments, checking vital signs, and handling specimens. After surgery they may help clean the operating room and move patients to recovery rooms.
  8. 8. New Technology Operating rooms will soon incorporate computers, lasers, fiber optics, electronics and robotics to carry out routine patient care. As a key member of the surgical team, the Surgical Technologist must be prepared to handle these advanced tools.
  9. 9. Educational Requirements California does not require certification or licensure of Surgical Technologists. Two national organizations offer voluntary certifications and many employers prefer these. Existing programs in Los Angeles County are all operated by private, proprietary schools and vary in length. None are at community colleges. Some, but not all, programs provide supervised clinical practice.
  10. 10. Educational Track Mira Costa College Certificate of Achievement – Surgical Technology
  11. 11. Conclusions Although Surgical Technology is currently unlicensed and unregulated, there are numerous reasons to establish an AA-degree program in Surgical Technology for Los Angeles County. Changes in the regulatory environment that are being pushed by the professional organizations, along with support from employers who were surveyed, provide a positive atmosphere for establishing a community college program.
  12. 12. Recommendations Create a Community College Program Create Programs for Surgical Technology Specialties and Surgical Assistants Develop Community College Programs as Career Ladders
  13. 13. Download the Full Report Surgical Technology in Los Angeles County