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Surgical Technologists: Unsung Heroes of the Healthcare Team

Posted: September 21, 2020 by Diane Smith
Photo of Surgical Technologist Lab at the Phoenix Campus.
Surgical Technologist Lab at the Phoenix Campus.

Ask someone the importance of a surgical technologist, and they might not be able to tell you. Surgical technologists play a vital role on the healthcare team. You might even call them the unsung heroes of the healthcare team.

Also known as operating room technicians, surgical technologists assist with operations. They prepare rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during surgeries, usually in hospitals, but sometimes in outpatient surgical centers. 

In honor of surgical technologists’ week, we wanted to shed some additional light onto the integral role these everyday superheroes play in the safety of their patients. Working side-by-side with surgeons and nurses in the operating room, surgical technologists make sure each procedure goes as smoothly and precisely as possible. They also count medical tools and supplies to ensure surgeons do not leave anything behind. 

Pima Medical Institute offers a Surgical Technology associate degree program at its Chula Vista, Denver and Phoenix campuses. Through hands-on learning, students can earn their degree in 18 months while learning from highly experienced faculty in a real-world laboratory. Add to that, field experience through clinical externships and students will be prepared to start their careers immediately.

Surgical Technology is an in-demand and exciting career, and employers are looking for qualified people to fill the roles.* This job is proof that not all super heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear scrubs.

Get more information here, if you are interested in learning about the surgical technology program.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Surgical Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm (visited September 01, 2020).

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