Five years is a long time to sustain successful graduation rates in a rigorous field. Our surgical tech grads have passed their statewide certification exams for five years in a row — that’s the entire duration of the program here at Kirtland.
It’s really unusual for a college to have this high of a pass rate. It speaks to the quality of our program and our instructors.
Oh, and there are jobs in the healthcare field. If you want to work in it, Kirtland is the place for you to prepare for your state exams. You’ll be taught, coached and mentored by people who care about you and the quality of healthcare.
Let’s face it: a lot has changed in medicine. An 85-year-old retired registered nurse and operating room supervisor (loosely connected to Kirtland — the mom of a subcontractor) said she retired early back in the 1980s because healthcare field no longer was about the patient. The pendulum has swung back; patient care is now front and center. So if you’d like to be someone who cares for and about people, Kirtland can help you make that vision a reality.
You will make sure patients are safe, and support the work of surgeons, when you become a surgical technician. You will assist in surgical operations under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurses and other surgical staff members. You might even be a member of an operating room team.
Kirtland can help you be ready to enjoy a successful and satisfying career in surgical technology.
According to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, in 2006, more than 2,700 people were employed throughout the state as surgical technologists. That number is expected to grow to nearly 3,300 by 2016. Nationally, the average annual salary for a surgical tech is about $38,000.
As a student in the surgical technology program at KCC’s West Branch location, you will be trained to ensure a safe surgical environment. Your job could include monitoring equipment in order to maximize every patient’s well-being during invasive and diagnostic procedures.
Kirtland will prepare you for entry-level employment as a surgical technologist. The program will give you an understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical terminology and professional ethics.
If you choose to earn a certificate (takes about a year) in surgical technology, you’ll be ready to support the health and safety of patients, and maybe continue the transformation of healthcare — until you retire!
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