Endoscopy Technician

Endoscopy Technician
Endoscopy Technician Program Details

The Endoscopy Technician certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work as an entry-level endoscopy technician (also known as a GI technician or a GI endoscopy technician). Endoscopy technicians assist physicians and nurses with endoscopy procedures and other minimally invasive procedures. They are also responsible for maintaining and cleaning medical instrumentation and equipment, including endoscopes and accessories.

Students enrolled in this program will learn how to assist in a variety of endoscopic procedures. The training will also cover sterilization techniques, including the proper method for decontaminating and sterilizing medical instrumentation and equipment. Students will gain a solid understanding of microbiology and infection control. Other topics covered in this program include medical terminology, basic anatomy, surgical instrumentation, and sterile processing environments. The training includes a combination of didactic and lab hours, as well as a 400-hour clinical internship.

AIMS Education has a dedicated surgical lab that provides the perfect environment to train students and allow them to practice their psychomotor skills. The practical experience gained during the clinical internship will help reinforce those skills. At the conclusion of the internship, AIMS graduates can take the Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) exam offered by IAHCSMM.

Clinical Internship

The Endoscopy Technician program requires students to complete a mandatory 400-hour clinical internship. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical training in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.

AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.

Employment for Endoscopy Technicians

Endoscopy techs are typically employed in hospitals, surgical centers, and endoscopy centers. Employment opportunities can also be found in other types of outpatient clinics and physicians' offices. Some of the employment possibilities in this field include endoscopy technician, flexible endoscopy reprocessor, and gastrointestinal technician (GI technician).

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

Endoscopy Technician graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). Graduates who pass the exam will earn the CER credential.

Eligibility requirements for the CER credential are solely determined by IAHCSMM, and are subject to change at any time. IAHCSMM is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.

Program Length
  • 750 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction and lab - 350 hours
  • Clinical internship - 400 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 8 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 10 months.
Comprehensive Education and Training
  • Endoscopy Procedures
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Human Anatomy
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Sterilization Techniques
  • Microbiology
  • Infection Control
Employment Opportunities
  • endoscopy technician
  • flexible endoscope reprocessor
  • flexible endoscopy reprocessor
  • endoscopy specialty technician
  • gastrointestinal technician (GI technician)
Minimum Admission Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (administered at AIMS)

Key Information

Name

ENDO

Start Date

Jul 30, 2018 (Eve)
Oct 15, 2018 (Day)

Length

8 - 10 Months*

Schedule


 

Monday - Friday
5:30pm to 9:30pm
or
9:00am to 2:00pm

FSA

No

Other Financial Assistance

Yes
 

* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.

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