Fast-paced environment. Fast-growing field.
The OR can’t operate without you: Surgical technologists prep patients, surgeons, rooms and equipment for procedures, assist during a range of operations, and help ensure facilities are safe and sterile for all.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that advanced technology, safer procedures and shorter recovery times have increased interest in surgeries that improve the quality of life, such as knee replacements or cataract removal. This increased demand means job prospects are good for surgical techs.
Many healthcare employers prefer or require national certification. To become a certified surgical technologist, you’ll need to complete an accredited degree program, and you’ll find one at the University of Saint Francis.
employment rate for USF surgical tech graduates (2019)
median national annual salary for surgical technicians and technologists in 2019 (BLS.gov)
increase in demand for surgical technologists through 2028 (BLS.gov)
In less than two years, you can begin your surgical technology career and serve as a critical member of a healthcare team.
Inspired by the Franciscan tradition and renowned for its values-based healthcare education, USF prepares you to serve others with respect, care and compassion. Our expert faculty members bring real-world medical experience to the classroom; they’ll give you a solid foundation in science and equip you with the technical and decision-making skills you’ll need to succeed in the OR.
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist Exam. You may also continue at USF to earn your bachelor’s degree in health services; it’s online, takes about a year and was designed for working healthcare professionals.
You don’t have to wait until your final months in the program to put learning into practice; at USF, you’ll go into the field during all four semesters and leave with more than 120 hours of clinical experience.
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I feel the surgical technology program is superior to other programs because of the state-of-the-art, hands-on lab. It gives me exposure to instruments, supplies and equipment that we utilize in the clinical setting.
A certified surgical technologist can find work in a variety of healthcare organizations, from outpatient centers to hospitals. Our graduates start their surgical technologist career at healthcare organizations like:
Your associate degree will give you a broad education, and as you gain experience and get additional training, you may develop specialities in certain practice areas, such as cardiology, orthopedics or ear, nose and throat.
The Orthopedic Hospital regularly hires USF graduates because they’re knowledgeable, hardworking and well-rounded. We meet them when they come in to do their orthopedic clinicals and will often hire them as surgical technologists.
RN-OR manager, The Orthopedic Hospital
USF’s associate of science in surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Counsel on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
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Certification is required to enter practice in the State of Indiana. Below are the pass rates for University of Saint Francis graduates on the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Surgical Technologists are in great demand in northeastern Indiana and University of Saint Francis graduates are actively recruited by local employers. The statistics below indicate the percentage of graduates who accepted positions as Certified Surgical Technologists or in a related field within one year of graduation.
The Surgical Technology program is designed to:
Reflecting Franciscan values, the Surgical Technology graduate will:
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