Want to WORK IN AN exciting fast paced OPERATING ROOM?
Would you like to work in a unique environment? As a surgical first assistant, you will be in a challenging, fast-paced environment that can change human lives. An emergency can occur at anytime and no two human beings are alike. Everyday is spent exploring the human body, becoming familiar with surgical techniques, procedures and treatments. There is always something new to learn as technology and innovative changes are ongoing.
A surgeon mentor provides the training and guidance to perfect your surgical techniques such as tissue manipulation and wound closure. As you progress, you can opt to specialize in a particular field such as General Surgery, Trauma, Open Heart, Orthopedics, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Robotic and/or Neurosurgery.
WHAT DO GRADUATES DO?
- Prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, prepare and maintain sterile field, prevent the risk of infection, and assist with surgical operations.
- Anticipate the next step, passing instrument, supplies or equipment thereby facilitating the surgical procedure.
- Work alongside surgeons, making rounds preoperatively and postoperatively, seeing patients in the office, and assisting during the surgical procedure.
- Assisting techniques include the provision of retraction, tissue manipulation, hemostasis, providing assistance with devices, instrumentation, approximation of tissue and suturing wounds.
- Open your own business assisting surgeons in surgery.
WHERE DO YOU WORK?
- Hospitals or ambulatory care centers
- For a surgeon or surgical group
- Join a group of surgical assistants or open your own business working with several surgeons
- Opportunities abound, are you interested in traveling? You can apply for traveling assignments throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, please visit www.gulfcoast.edu/ge/sfa
Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for surgical technologist occupations was $44,330 in May 2015.