Concorde’s New ST Degree Completion
Sep. 23, 2016
The world of health care is changing and evolving even faster than the world itself. As technology changes and new techniques and medications are created, it forces practitioners in all health care fields to become more advanced in their education and skill set. As a result, more and more employers, especially hospital settings, where care is most acute, are requiring higher levels of education when hiring new associates.
Concorde’s Surgical Technology Completion Program is for those certified surgical techs who wish to advance from a diploma to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is offered 100 percent online, so you can complete coursework on your schedule and work around your busy work and life schedules. Concorde Online uses Canvas technology – an online learning management system that makes it easy to stay on track in your education.
Comprehensive coursework, experienced instructors
The program consists of nine courses – ranging from English Composition I, to Anatomy & Physiology, to General Psychology, to Surgical Technology Professional Concepts. A total of 60 semester credit hours is required for completion of the course. However, students who qualify for the course, upon verification of entrance requirements, are granted 32 semester credit hours at the beginning of the program.
Our instructors are experienced and seasoned in the online learning environment. All instructors for the general education courses hold at least a master’s, and many have a more advanced degree.
“We require this not only for accreditation purposes, but also because we want to ensure our students receive the highest quality education by experts in their field,” said Nikki Fox-Bolte, Concorde’s Dean of Online Operations.
Changing with the Surgical Technology times
The Surgical Technology Degree Completion program at Concorde helps you achieve your career aspirations while also serving your family and community through your dedicated service to improving health care in your community on the front lines of surgical support.
“The completer program is more about professional and transitional changes within the field,” Fox-Bolte said. “Students learn skills to help in management positions, current practices in the field and the most current safety and regulation practices.”
Staying competitive in a growing field
Surgical tech jobs are projected to grow at a higher-than-average rate 15 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field continues to grow because of advances in technology, contributing to an increase in surgical procedures. You’ll be fully equipped and prepared to work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, satellite surgery centers, physicians’ offices and laser centers.
Also, by earning your Associate’s degree, you now would be able to share your knowledge with others by teaching … maybe even with Concorde!
Are you a certified Surgical Technologist looking to advance your education to an Associate of Applied Science degree? Have you been searching for a school where you can earn that degree quickly and conveniently? Then, it’s time you consider Concorde’s Surgical Technology Degree Completion program!