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Statistics From SurveysStatistics From Surveys

Stats here are for those who have completed the program. Of those starting the program, 29 out of 35 (83%) of people surveyed successfully completed it.

Survey QuestionAverage
Program Completion Time20 month(s)
Attended School Mostly Full-Time79%
Program Difficulty (1-100)61
Satisfied With the School75%
Well-Prepared for Career60%
Would Choose Program Again76%
Career is Directly Related to Program76%
Easy to Find Job46%
How Long to Find First Job5 month(s)
Working Mostly Full-Time86%
Salary (Not Necessarily Full-Time)$44,030
Salary Met Expectations62%
Trouble Making Loan Payments55%
Satisfied With the Career78%

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Why did people choose this program of study?Why did people choose this program of study?

"Firstly, I chose the Surgical Technology program because I was very interested in becoming a Physician Assistant or Surgical Nurse, so I decided that getting this degree would be a relevant stepping stone towards a better medical career. I also picked Surgical Technology because I was interested in surgical careers."
"The surgical tech program was something that pays very well. I am interested in the technology aspect of helping people."
"Because it is a very hands on profession. I also chose it because while I get to help patients I also get the benefit of avoiding seeing them reacting to physical pain."
"This was a program that I had been interested in for a long time. The instructors are top notch, the program has almost a 100% success rate and institutions hire straight out of the program, so job hunting is at a very minimum. It is a very rigorous program, but the reward is great."
"I am fascinated by surgery. I knew I would be good at this job."
"I wanted a program that was entry-level that could get me some experience in healthcare. This program was quick and I could start working at a hospital and use their tuition reimbursement to continue my degree."
"When I was a kid, I always had an interest in being a surgeon. I also had a big interest in the human body when I was in my anatomy classes in high school. However, I was not prepared to go to school for a really long time to become a surgeon, and the schooling is much more affordable as a surgical tech. I am still able to work in the field I am interested in."
"I have a fascination with fixing the human body. Surgical Technology made sense as it allowed me to learn more about the human body, as well as provide myself with options for the future."
"Wanted faster entry to field."
"I originally intended to get into the nursing program and picked up some brochures. I thought the surgical technology program looked interesting andetails since the prerequisites were the same, I could transfer back to nursing if I didn't like it."
"I chose that because I was interested in the field. Also, there were jobs in the area available for the particular field and there was a decent pay."
"The program I took was free to me and I was genuinely interested in course work. Also the school offers an associates degree with just a few extra classes along with the credits earned in the class which transfer"
"I have always worked in the healthcare field but never strived to be a doctor. I chose this program because I would be working closely with surgeons to gain knowledge and expertise through them."
"It related to my healthcare experience from the US Army."
"It seemed like a way to get a job with surgery in the shortest amount of time. I wanted to better myself and my future."
"I was interested in the field. I was thinking about becoming an operating room nurse but decided to stick with this instead."
"The program was not long compared to other programs. The starting career pay was decent compared to the length of the program."
"It is a high-demand career field with good job opportunities. In addition, the program was completed in just under a year. This includes the internship at a local hospital."
"I chose this field of study because I've always been interested in the medical field and helping people, but I didn't want to take the time and money it takes to become a physician. Also, I liked the idea of getting into a growing field with a good future and competitive salaries."
"I chose this program because I wanted to go to nursing school but this program was really interesting to me. I also chose this because I wanted a challenge."
"I picked this because I want to help the world, I want to change the world. I am interested in the Human Anatomy and believed that this could/would be the experience I wanted."
"My sister does this job and she loves it and is paid very well. I always looked up to her and wanted to follow in her footsteps."
"I liked working on cars and thought it would be the similar as working on people. I also don't really like talking to patients."
"While in the military I was and Operating Room Specialist and had extensive training and experience. I wanted to continue in the field and also gain a proper certification for civilian employment."
"I chose surgical technology because I wanted some sort of job security. Also, I am more interested in surgery than medical assisting or nursing."
"It was something exciting, being in surgery. Also, the pay was decent and the hours were fairly regular and not night/weekend hours."
"I researched this and I thought this would be something that I would be good at."
"I was interested in this program and it was my dream to become a surgeon and to just attend a program was amazing"
"My desire to move into the medical field in a more hands on capacity. I had hopes of furthering my career in the medical industry."

What surprised people about this program of study?What surprised people about this program of study?

"I was surprised the clinical time was so short. It really is a hands on job. I also believe that there should have been more emphasis on anatomy."
"I was very surprised by the amount of information that rapidly changes with the technology, and the huge differences between military and civilian procedures. The biggest surprise for me was the amount of practical exercises and experience the program requirements had, while I was prepared for a lot of theory and information, the amount of hands on training in a sense shocked me, but also prepared me."
"I was surprised how much I get to interact with patients. I thought I would be working behind the scenes."
"I think people would be surprised at just how closely we are involved in the surgeries and how some of them would be incredibly difficult without us."
"What surprised me the most is that all of the schooling and training in the program cannot prepare you for everything you will encounter when you actually start working in the field and gain real work experience. Every day you learn something new, so even though you may have graduated, you don't ever stop gaining knowledge."
"I was surprised by how basic the anatomy courses were. I thought they should go into more depth."
"In this program, I was surprised that you needed to know a great deal of anatomy to be a surgical tech. I thought it was going to be a fairly simple and basic program just geared toward your specific job."
"Although the science courses were college level, I feel like they were a bit easier than I expected. Initially, I was pretty nervous about taking college classes because I thought they would be very difficult. However, I performed well and did not have to put as much effort into my studies as I expected, although I still studied a lot. I think much of this had to do with taking anatomy in high school. My classmates who did not take anatomy in high school seemed to struggle a little bit more with some of the lessons. I would highly recommend taking relevant classes to this field, even in high school."
"I was surprised at the difficulty of my chosen field. I thought it would be a hard and thankless career. Imagine my surprise when I found it was the exact opposite!"
"I was surprised the complexity of some of the procedures right out of school."
"First, I had no idea the field of surgical technology even existed, it was something I never really thought about. Then once I started, to see how different your job could be depending on your facility, specialties, job duties,etc. Definitely not a one-size-fits-all career."
"I was surprised with the subject matter and the rigor of the courses. I wish I studied more before the classes began so I was more prepared."
"I was surprised by how quickly I was thrown into surgery procedures (clinicals). You must gain a lot of knowledge about so many different surgical procedures within a few months and be prepared to be thrown into clinicals very quickly. You have to learn how to properly perform tasks in a very short amount of time. So practice is key if you want to succeed in this area. I was also surprised by how rude and ignorant some surgeons and other surgical employees can be. They do not accept mistakes or lack of effort very well. So you must be on your toes about everything. Be prepared to spend up to eight hours on one procedure. The job is uncomfortable and very demanding."
"I had no idea how in depth that the medical field is in terms of just how much there is to learn about, given anatomy etc. There are so many more jobs in the medical field besides just being a doctor or nurse like many believe."
"I was surprised at how much I hadn't remembered from my courses to become a CNA in 2004; I indeed forgot a lot of what was needed. I assumed that it would be easier for me to pass through my classes with my prior knowledge, but it was not the case. Science as well as studies had changed within the 4 years I was not actively studying in the medical field."
"I think most people think they are equipped to handle the gore that comes with surgery but it still comes as a shock to most people. Dealing with patients isn't any easier, either; you have to really be a people person."
"How little the school helps in finding a job and the false marketing."
"I was a little surprised about the grunt work that comes with this position. There is a lot of time spent on prep work and clean up."
"I was surprised how easy and short the program was. The job market was not as great as I thought it would be. The job is very demanding."
"I was surprised that the internship consisted of 400 hours. That is actually 4x the amount of classroom time that was required to complete the course."
"I was surprised at how difficult it was to get into the program (they only accept a small number of students each year), and how accelerated the learning is. If you don't study hard and pay attention, you can easily fall behind. I worked my butt off, but it was worth it."
"If found it really difficult at first due to the precision that is needed. The prerequisites for this major was very surprising. I owuld have taken a few refresher courses to help me out."
"I was surprised at how much I needed to remember to be successful in this course. There was a lot of information to take in and I was constantly going over things in my head."
"How much surgeons need a surgical team in order to complete their task."
"I was surprised that the program was so competitive. There where over 100 applicants, half of which where interviewed, and only 20 where accepted into the program. Of the 20 that where accepted, 13 graduated."
"I was surprised at the attention to detail that was constantly required. I was also surprised at the surgeons personalities not being as pleasant as I thought."
"I was surprised at how much homework we had to do."
"I knew this would be hard but was surprise how difficult it was. And was also surprised with the additional licensing requirements"
"I was not fully informed as to how many positions for Surgical Technologist were available outside of hospitals. I would have done more research into supportive course to prepare for in-office work."