Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist
Surgical Technologist Training Program Details

The Surgical Technologist certificate program will prepare students to become skilled operating room technicians. Surgical Technologists are key members of the surgical team who work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming other appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgical procedures.

Some of the primary responsibilities of Surgical Techs include prepping the operating room for surgery, maintaining a sterile environment, and distributing surgical instruments. They also play an important role in both preoperative and postoperative care.

Clinical Internship

The Surgical Technologist program requires students to complete a mandatory 500-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 Opportunities for Surgical Techs

Surgical Technologists are employed in hospital operating rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care centers, and central sterile processing departments. Some Surgical Techs are employed directly by surgeons in the “private scrub” role, while others work as operating room technicians. Their broad educational background plus specialized focus allows them to function well in a variety of different roles.

Employment possibilities include surgery schedulers, material managers, and central service managers. Other fields that offer employment opportunities for Surgical Technologists include organ/tissue procurement and preservation, cardiac catheterization laboratories, product development, research, and sales.

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

Surgical Technologist graduates will be eligible to take the Tech in Surgery - Certified examination offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Graduates who pass the exam will earn the TS-C credential.

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

Program Length:
  • 1225 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction and lab - 725 hours
  • Clinical internship - 500 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 14 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 17 months.
Minimum Admission Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (administered at AIMS)
Selective Enrollment

The Surgical Technologist program has a selective application process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee you will be accepted into the program. From the pool of applicants, those who are considered most qualified for the study and practice of surgical technology will be admitted.

Career opportunities in varies healthcare settings
  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Sterile processing departments
  • Emergency departments
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Ambulatory care centers

Key Information

Name

ST

Start Dates

Sep 18, 2017 (Day)

Length

14 - 17 Months*

Schedule
 

Monday - Friday
9:00am to 2:00pm

FSA

No

Other Financial Assistance

Yes
 

* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.

Student Spotlight

Tommi Hunter

People choose their career paths for a variety...

Read Her Story

Request Information

Name
Phone
Email
What programs are you interested in?
close (×)