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From Scrubs to Scissors: The Journey to Become a Surgical Technologist

Do you often dream about how you can make a difference in other’s lives? Maybe even think about how incredible it would be to assist during surgery?

Do you often dream about how you can make a difference in other’s lives? Maybe even think about how incredible it would be to assist during surgery? If so, the career of Surgical Technologist 可能只是在呼唤你的名字. But how do you get into the operating room, and what exactly does the job entail? 

Let’s explore the journey to become a surgical technologist:


重要的是,你必须获得一个学位. Identify a school and program that suits your lifestyle and aligns with your professional goals. Herzing University offers a comprehensive 外科技术人员计划 that can be completed in just 20 months 为学生准备基础知识, 外科药理学技能, surgical principles, 以及实际的外科实践. With this Associate of Science in Surgical Technology degree, you will be fully equipped with the expertise and training to handle lifesaving medical equipment on the job. 


As a vital part of the training and education to become a surg tech, clinical experience 是获得学位的先决条件吗. Your clinical externship 能包括在医院的宝贵工作经验吗, where you will get hands-on learning to prepare you for your career. You will learn more about the day-to-day requirements and responsibilities, along with learning how to use your technical knowledge to help others and excel in a team setting. 虽然这是获得学位的必要条件, clinicals are often a student’s favorite part of their education as they learn outside of a classroom and textbook for the first time. Plus, you can build relationships that can lead to future employment post-graduation, expanding your valuable professional network.


任何医疗领域的工作, particularly surgical, requires the individual to be adept in the ability to work in potentially high-stress situations. As a surgical tech, you will need to be skilled at communicating with a wide range of people – from surgeons to nurses, to patients. 作为外科团队不可替代的一部分, you must know the ins and outs of a variety of surgical procedures and the strict aseptic technique. 因为需要准备的程度, 以及重要的无菌政策, you will need to pay close attention to every single detail – a minor slip-up can lead to dangerous situations if not corrected quickly.


现在是你期待已久的时刻了. 一旦你完成了课程, clinical externship and passed your national certification exam, you are ready to get in the operating room and help save lives. The program at Herzing University has prepared you to take on any challenges, but now is the time to put your knowledge and skills into action. As a Surgical Technologist, you will likely either be starting in the early morning or late in the evening to ensure equipment is set up for the next surgery. 

一旦手术开始,你就可以 help the surgical team 完成一些重要的任务,比如传递仪器. 手术完成后, you then clean the room and prepare it for the next surgery and patient. Throughout the day, your work makes a direct, positive impact not only on the patient getting surgery but reducing the burden and stresses of your fellow healthcare workers, 让它成为一个非常有价值的职业.


听起来好得令人难以置信? 寻找对医疗事业有热情的合适人选, 对细节有敏锐的眼光, the surg tech pathway allows you to help save lives and ensure proper care. If you’re ready to get started or want to learn more about the journey ahead, check out more information on the Herzing University Surgical Technologist program. 



*美国劳工统计局(BLS).S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, 包括之前的经验, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, 会影响职业成果和收入吗. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, 加薪或其他职业发展.

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