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Surgical tech schools in Alaska might include vocational schools, junior colleges and universities. Training programs last between nine and twenty-four months. An associates degree or diploma can be obtained after two years of study. An associates degree takes two years but a diploma usually takes less time to earn.
Alaska’s surgical tech field is growing rapidly. Jobs in the medical field can sometimes be overlooked by prospective workers due to a lack of knowledge. It is a common thought that working in surgery needs preparation at college and a medical degree. Surgical technologists however can be licensed to work in a shorter period of time to work in an operating room.
Surgical techs in Alaska assist during surgery which is a fascinating and challenging way to earn a living. Surgical tech’s in Alaska work under the supervision of a surgeon and provide care to patients in the operating room. Surgical tech’s ensure a clean and organized operating room, making sure that everything is in order prior to surgery.
Alaska surgical technologists can make on average $53,640 per year depending on the job location and amount of experience the tech has. A forty hour week is a typical work week for surgical tech’s. You may have to schedule weekend and evening work and be expected to spend time on call. So, some amount of flexibility is needed for this job. (Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.)
Surgical tech course work is a combination of class study and lab work including some of the following:
You may find online courses to help you study around an already busy schedule or if you live in a remote area.
If you would like to pursue a career as a surgical technologist in Alaska you may be eligible for financial aid to help with the cost of training. Ask at the admissions office for information regarding available financial aid. You can also check if you qualify for federal aid by filling out an online application on the FAFSA website.