After completing a rigorous, nationally accredited Surgical Technologist program at the Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center, 18 graduates attended a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 15.
Poughkeepsie resident Heather Bergin said the program was tough, but worth it. "I am currently working in the ER as a surgical technician, so I am using this as a stepping stone to one day become a surgeon," she says. "I worked full time and went to school full time, but when you want something bad enough you just do it. You get it done!"
Graduates from the program come from a wide range of areas. The 18 graduates are: Heather Bergin, Poughkeepsie; Jae Bevan, New Paltz; Lea Byrne, Kingston; Alyssa Campbell, Beacon; Sarah Domenech, Poughkeepsie; Rachel Fulton, Hopewell Junction; Stephanie Harris, Kingston; Carol Hess, Gardiner; Crystal Ortiz, Bloomingburg; Victoria O'Shea, Poughkeepsie; Jennifer Rudzinski, New Windsor; Linda Scarpello, Middletown; Nicole Sposato, Blooming Grove; Valerie Taylor, Gardiner; Brianna Tyler, Stone Ridge; Stacy Tyrel, Tivoli; Ariana Vasquez, Newburgh; and Paige Zorij, Saugerties.
Surgical technologists are an essential part of a surgical team. They work closely with surgeons to ensure that instruments are delivered properly during surgical procedures. They also ensure that the operating rooms/environments are safe, that the equipment functions properly, and that all operative procedures are conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Surgical technologist students complete a 10-month, 970-hour program that is designed for candidates with no previous medical background. Their real-world experiences include classroom and simulated laboratory work, as well as clinical opportunities at various medical facilities throughout the area.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the field would see 14,700 new jobs and employment growth of nearly 15 percent between 2014 and 2024. Surgical technologists who have completed an accredited program have the best job prospects.
To learn more about the Surgical Technologist program at Ulster BOCES, call 845-331-5050.