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 primarily assist physicians and nurses with various endoscopic 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 the fundamentals of sterile processing, endoscopy environment, and system maintenance. The training includes a combination of didactic and lab hours, as well as a 300-hour clinical internship.
AIMS Education has dedicated sterile processing and surgical labs that provide 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.
The Endoscopy Technician program requires students to complete a mandatory 300-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 the endoscopy department of hospitals and outpatient endoscopy centers. Employment opportunities can also be found in other types of outpatient clinics and physicians' offices where these procedures are performed. 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.