“The job outlook for surgical technologists is great,” said Timothy Teets, program coordinator for LCCC’s Surgical Technology program.
“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 15 percent growth rate in surgical technologist jobs through 2024,” he said.
The reasons for this growth rate are many, he noted. These include:
- Increased elderly population
- Retirement of the baby boomer population
- Advances and growth in healthcare,
- Urban sprawl that is creating more surgical availability close to where people live
- Advancement in technology that requires highly skilled specialists in the surgical field
The pay range for surgical technologists is between $44,000-$63,000, Teets said.
Teets, who practiced as a surgical technologist in the Army and then at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, brings an array of experience to the program. He specialized in neurosurgery, trauma, orthopedics, spine, ophthalmology, vascular, and robotics.
“In our classrooms we utilize the latest curriculum to educate students on all the proper hospital protocols and those specific to surgical services,” Teets said. “We study the vast amount of surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies used, how to properly manage a surgical procedure, and the step by step operations in all surgical specialty services.”
In addition LCCC students examine all the recent advancements in technology being used in surgery along with current research and development.
“The hands on experience our students receive at LCCC are through clinical affiliates that are recognized as some of the top hospitals in the country,” he noted.
Beyond the technical skills that are needed, Teets strives to instill professionalism, duty, best practices and positive development for LCCC students.
“Not only are these good personal traits, but they will also help students be successful in their careers,” he said. “Students can find this an exciting career field that can be very stable.”
For more information on LCCC’s Surgical Technology program call the Allied Health and Nursing division at (440) 366-4015 or visit the website.