Blinn Alumna Finds Path to Her Dream Job with Blinn’s Surgical Technology Program | Texas

Rachel Adams likes to stay active and she needs a job that can keep up. The recent graduate of Blinn College’s District Surgical Technology program found the perfect fit in her new position as a surgical technologist at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh Campus, a Level 1 trauma center in Raleigh, NC.

“I like to stand. I have to be hands-on and with surgical technology you’re constantly on the move,” Adams said. “You are up, you are participating in something. Every day you enter and live a new experience. You will learn something new and that’s what I love about it.

Attracted to health sciences in high school, the Allen, Texas native initially thought this type of career was out of reach due to the extensive training that most medical positions seemed to require. However, when her mother referred her to Blinn’s two-year surgical technology program, Adams was hooked.

“The program immediately caught my attention,” she said. “Most people think you can’t be part of this world unless you go to medical school and that’s just not true. I think it’s amazing that I can be part of this field thanks to a program that took me less time than a bachelor’s degree.

Surgical technologists are an integral part of surgical teams, helping surgeons, anesthesiologists and registered nurses provide patient care in the operating room. Blinn’s Surgical Technology Program is based at the RELLIS Academic Complex at {Texas A&M-RELLIS, which features state-of-the-art simulation labs, an innovative learning environment, and dedicated faculty mentors.

“The teachers were extremely helpful and just great people. All they want is for you to succeed,” Adams said. “I was calling and texting my instructors all the time. It’s not like having a normal teacher, they were like our mom and dad.

In addition to their coursework, Blinn Surgical Technology students are prepared to enter the workforce through hands-on clinical training at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-College Station, CHI St. Joseph Hospital, CHI St. Joseph Medical Center, The Physicians Center Hospital and Saint-Marc-La Grange Medical Center. Graduates must complete more than 120 surgical cases in a variety of surgical specialties.

The demand for surgical technologists from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to increase by 9% between 2020 and 2030, creating 9,500 new jobs during this period. Nationally, the median salary is $48,530 per year. Texas has the nation’s highest demand for surgical technologists.

Graduates of the last two cohorts have posted a 100% pass rate on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Assisting (NBSTSA) exam to become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST). This success at the NBSTA translates into a 100% employment rate for graduates like Adams. {

“One of our classes focused on professional preparation,” she said. “I ended up having a really strong resume, which I think helped me get my job. The program doesn’t just teach you how to do the job, it teaches you how to do it right.

Surgical technologists are often employed in hospitals, but can work in any setting that performs surgical procedures, including doctors’ offices, day surgery facilities, and dental offices. Blinn’s Surgical Technology program can also serve as a launch pad for other healthcare careers. {

“The coolest part is you can really go anywhere from here,” Adams said. “There are many, many doors. I can go to school for another year and get my first assisting certification and be able to suture incisions. I could also become a medical assistant or even go to medical school. I know several surgeons who started as CST.

The application round for Spring 2023 admission to the Blinn Surgical Technology Program is open through November 30, 2022. A series of Zoom{ } informational sessions are scheduled throughout the fall for those interested learn more about the program and the admissions process.

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