“Graduates of these programs have completed rigorous training and are prepared to meet the growing demand for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Processing Technicians in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers and ambulatory surgical centers,” said Joseph Charleman, CST, CSFA, CRCST, LPN, Chair, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies.
The following students from Hudson County have received pins:
- Mayada Hamoda of Bayonne, Surgical Processing Technician
- Jennifer Llanes of Jersey City, Surgical Technologist
- Rosa Reyes of North Bergen, Surgical Technologist
- Collette Rodriguez of Union City, Surgical Processing Technician
- Luis Tellez of North Bergen, Surgical Processing Technician
Graduates of the ST program at Berkeley College are eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam, administered through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 30 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. The states of New York and New Jersey require that Surgical Technologists become certified to work in the field.