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Surgical Technology

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About the Program

A surgical technologist, also known as an operating room technician, principally works in the operating room conducting tasks that make the surgical environment clean and safe. He/She is usually part of a surgical team and typically supports any doctors, nurses, or medical personnel that are part of the operation. The surgical technologist jobs are often associated with some specialized practices. The majority of surgical technologist jobs are found in hospitals, work as a private technician, or teach other technologists as an instructor.

Where can your Surgical Technology degree take you?

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Surgeon’s Offices and Clinics
  • Dental/Orthodontic Offices
  • Veterinary Offices
  • Medical Corporations as Equipment or Product Representative
  • Traveling Surgical Technologist

Although there are many different genres of surgical technologist jobs, a few are quite common including scrub technologists, circulating surgical technologists, surgical first assistants, and private scrubs. These surgical technologist jobs vary according to their duties and the amount of experience or education they have received. The common denominator between each of these specialized jobs is that they all spend time in the operating room.

Applications for the program will be accepted starting December 1, 2021.

The deadline to turn in a completed application is 5pm on May 9, 2022.

Program start date is  Fall 2022.

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Health Information Technology

About the Program

Health Information Technology is computer-related work in a healthcare setting. HIT professionals participate in the organization and maintenance of medical data, such as electronic health record (EHR) information. Students can earn either a certificate or an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Health Information Technology at NMSU Carlsbad. The program is offered in a fully online format.

Where can your health information technology degree take you?

Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates with this degree:

  • Hospitals
  • Managed care organizations
  • Long term care facilities
  • Behavioral health facilities
  • Consulting and law firms
  • Information system vendors
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Home care providers
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physician practices
  • Insurance companies

A changing aspect of the health care field is the industry’s ability to manage the tremendous volume of patient and institutional information. As the industry grows there is a great need for professionals who are well-prepared for the challenges of using information technology in healthcare. The new Health Information Technology program offers the advantages of relevant coursework with on-ground experience. This exciting degree program prepares graduates with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue entry-level positions in the competitive and growing health information management field.

Health Information Technicians will have numerous and varied job opportunities upon graduation from New Mexico State University Carlsbad. Job prospects for HIT professionals are good as their skills are necessary throughout the entire healthcare industry. Some typical work settings are physician practices, hospitals, managed care organizations, longterm care facilities, behavioral health facilities, ambulatory care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home healthcare/hospice providers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, consulting and law firms, skilled nursing facilities, and federal and state government agencies.