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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Surgical Technology

Careers with vital possibilities

In an operating room, patients depend on the attentiveness and precision of a whole team of medical professionals. As a surgical technologist, you will be relied upon to prepare surgical instruments and equipment, handle specimens for analysis, and ensure that all work areas are clean and restocked. Austin Community College’s Surgical Technology Program provides the knowledge and experience necessary to be hired in a multitude of healthcare settings. Upon program completion, students are ready to take the national certification exam.

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Career Information

Primarily employed at hospitals, surgical technicians spend much of their working hours on their feet, preparing for and assisting in surgical operations. Advances in surgical technology have made procedures safer and therefore more common than ever, resulting in a fast-growing job market for technicians.

Employment Opportunities

Surgical technologist in settings such as hospitals, outpatient care centers, or offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Physician Assistants
48.34 Hourly Wage 401 Currently Employed
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
401 Physician Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 18.7 % over the next four years.
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Surgical Technologists
22.48 Hourly Wage 631 Currently Employed
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
631 Surgical Technologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.09 % over the next four years.
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Surgical Assistants
17.95 Hourly Wage 330 Currently Employed
Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
330 Surgical Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 19.09 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

View the programs maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Program Accreditations

Accredited through the Accreditation Review Committee-Surgical Technology (6 W. Dry Creek Cir., Suite 210, Littleton, CO 80120; www.arcst.org) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 1-727-210-2350. www.caahep.org).

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each. 

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