Athens institute of Allied Health (Main campus)

Surgical Technology

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The Surgical Technology program prepares students to work as valuable members of a surgical team, which most commonly includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Surgical Technologists assist in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel.

Become a Surgical Technician in Just 12 Weeks

What Is a Surgical Technician?

A certified medical assistant, also known as a CMA, works under the supervision of physicians and nurses. As a medical assistant, you’ll work in direct patient care, performing tasks such as prepping patients for exams, performing minor procedures and scheduling patient appointments.

Our Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program delivers the education and hands-on training you need for success as a Medical Assistant. Once you complete the program, you’ll be eligible to take the Medical Assistant certification exam as well as the Basic X-Ray Operator certification exam for entry-level employment. Our Clinical Medical Assistant program only takes approximately 12 weeks to complete. This means you’ll be able to start your medical career in less than a year.

Medical Assistants are found anywhere patient care is completed. This includes facilities such as hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, specialty clinics, critical care facilities, emergency departments and more. Some healthcare facilities hire medical assistants without a formal degree or certificate. However, higher education can make job candidates more competitive. Most states do not require a formal degree to practice as a medical assistant. However, employers may prefer a postsecondary non-degree award like a certificate.

The role of a Surgical Technologist is to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, prepare patients, and assist doctors during surgeries. They have the unique opportunity to interact with patients prior to (pre), during (intra), and after (post) surgical procedures.  Before surgery, a tech will assemble the necessary surgical equipment and ensure that all devices are in working order. Techs prepare patients for surgery by positioning, draping, washing and disinfecting the incision site. During an operation, Surgical Technologists will pass the sterile instruments and supplies to surgeons. They maintain asepsis during surgery, anticipating the surgeon’s needs while remaining attentive to all aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure a safe environment for the patient. They might hold retractors or set up robotic surgical equipment. After surgery, techs often dress the incision site, transport patients to their recovery rooms, and restock the operating room with supplies and equipment. The role of the Surgical Technologist is incredibly important because they ensure a sterile and organized environment. 

Program Objectives

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How to perform basic first aid

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How to perform CPR/AED

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Take vital signs

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Apply proper body mechanics

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Hand washing and cleanliness skills

Body Parts
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An introduction to all body systems

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Phlebotomy and Injections

The CCMA course

*Indicates prerequisite exists. Student must complete the prerequisite course prior to entry into this course of have the instructor’s permission to enter the course.”
CCMA Curriculum

Competition of our Clinical Medical Assistant program qualifies you to sit for nationally recognized certification exams. Three of the certification exams you will be eligible to sit for—and we recommend upon graduating—include the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam and the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, all offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 

In addition to the above exams, our Medical Assistant  program also qualifies graduates to take the following nationally recognized certification exams:

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
  • Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) exam, administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

What Is the Job Outlook for Medical Assistants?

As a medical assistant, you’ll be able to make a difference in the lives of many patients. Plus, you’ll reap the benefits of a fast-growing career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistant careers are expected to grow by 18% between now and 2030, which is much faster than average growth for other occupations.

Medical Assistant Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average salary for a medical assistant is $35,850 per year or $17.23 per hour. Depending on your employer and area of employment, your salary could be higher or lower. Plus, you may receive benefits such as health insurance and PTO.

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To qualify for graduation from this program the students must demonstrate competency in each of the patient care skills and successfully complete the both externships. Graduates in this program will be qualified to find entry-level positions in doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing and convalescent health care facilities.
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