Surgical technologists, sometimes referred to as scrub techs or operating room technicians, are an important part of medical teams, assisting medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers in performing surgical procedures. Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, although some may work in outpatient care centers or physician's offices.
The field of surgical technology is expanding, with a projected job market growth of 7% through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for a surgical technologist is $48,300.
In partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, the College of Health Sciences offers a 15-month Surgical Technology program. This is part of the University of Memphis MLH Associate Advancement Program (MAAP).
The curriculum is offered through a combination of online and in-lab/in-class learning, broken into four quarters of three months each. During the initial two quarters (months 1-6), students complete online coursework in Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and related topics. They also meet in person (once per week for 2-4 hours) to work through lab-intensive courses, learning about common equipment and aseptic techniques used within the operating room. During the latter two quarters (months 7-15), students continue with their online coursework and work three days per week (approximately 25 hours total) in an operating room environment. They develop the essential hands-on skills necessary to function in this fast-paced career.
The next Surgical Technology cohort is scheduled to begin in October 2021. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please complete our Surgical Technology interest form.
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