Surgical Technology (Associate's) - Birmingham, Alabama
Associate of Science
If you have a responsive attitude, physical stamina and the determination to perform flawlessly under pressure, you may be well suited to become a vital member of the operating room team as a Surgical Technologist.
Virginia College offers the only Surgical Technology associate of science degree in the Birmingham area that also helps prepare you—through practice exams and other methods—for national certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP ).
This highly selective, 24-month intensive program focuses on the knowledge, skills and abilities students need to provide outstanding patient care in a surgical setting. In addition, Virginia College Birmingham's Surgical Technology program offers small class sizes.
Working with instructors who have real-world hospital experience, you'll have the opportunity to build your abilities as a Surgical Technologist through both classroom theory and laboratory-based training. Your three-hour classes include one hour of lecture and two hours of hands-on practice in fully equipped learning laboratories. These learning laboratories duplicate the equipment and processes used in the sub sterile room, scrub room and operating room of any well-equipped hospital, providing hands-on experience in a supervised environment.
Hands-on Training for Real-World Surgical Technology Work
Our instructors cover the proper use of sterile surgical techniques and current operating room technology. Students regularly assist in mock procedures to practice incisions and sutures, bone cutting, cauterization and similar procedures that allow them to become accustomed to the actual operating room environment. The program also provides instruction on surgical procedures to effectively support surgeons and help students prepare to react quickly and effectively in surgical and emergency situations.
The Virginia College Birmingham Surgical Technology program includes an 11-week externship to allow students to explore specialty areas of this in-demand field. Students will immerse themselves in the role of surgical technology and will have the opportunity to learn firsthand what it takes to play an integral role in delivering exceptional patient care during surgery.
Intensive Training for Surgical Technologists
Birmingham's robust medical community offers a wide variety of options for externships, specialty area exploration and potential employment opportunities after graduation. Virginia College also offers career planning and placement support.
Surgical Technology graduates from Virginia College in Birmingham have gone on to work in a variety of hospitals and clinics including the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Baptist Health System and Birmingham Health Care.
Learn more about a career in this vital and growing field of healthcare. Complete the Request More Information form today and take the first step toward an exciting and rewarding career in Surgical Technology.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.