Applications now open for spring 2022 admission to the Blinn Surgical Technology Program

Texas has highest employment rate of surgical technologists in the nation

Texas has highest employment rate of surgical technologists in the nation

September 9, 2021

The Blinn College District Surgical Technology Program encourages individuals interested in a career in the operating room to apply for admission to the fall 2022 cohort. The application deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the surgical team, assisting surgeons, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses in caring for patients in the operating room. They ensure a safe operating environment, that equipment functions properly, and that operative procedures are conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Blinn’s Surgical Technology Program is based at the RELLIS Academic Complex on the RELLIS Campus, which features state-of-the-art simulation labs and an innovative learning environment.

“Surgical technologists support surgeons while ensuring a safe environment for the patients under their care,” Program Director Linda Hill said. “Our graduates are highly sought after by employers because their specialized training prepares them to embark on fulfilling careers as soon as they graduate.”

Blinn’s rigorous two-year program combines lecture and laboratory classes as well as clinical observation and operating room experience at area hospitals. Graduates must complete more than 120 surgical cases across a variety of surgical specialties. This externship-like training provides students a direct link with area hospitals that include Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-College Station, CHI St. Joseph Hospital, the CHI St. Joseph Medical Center, The Physicians Centre Hospital, and St. Mark’s Medical Center-La Grange. Upon completion of the program, many Blinn graduates successfully obtain employment at many of the same facilities where they refined their skills.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for surgical technologists is expected to increase 7% between 2019 and 2029, creating 7,600 new jobs during that span. Nation-wide, the median wage is $49,710 per year. Texas has the nation’s highest demand for surgical technologists.

Surgical technologists often are employed at hospitals but can work in any setting that conducts surgical procedures, including doctor’s offices, day surgery facilities, and dental offices. Blinn’s Surgical Technology Program also can serve as a launching pad to other healthcare careers.

To learn more about the program and application requirements, visit www.blinn.edu/surgical-technology.

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