This exciting program can provide the students with entry-level skills to assist physicians in pre-operative and post-operative care of the surgical patient in an operating room environment. The comprehensive program is also well weighted with practical learning. Both day and evening programs include a full-time, unpaid clinical externship. The programs courses are designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs that may involve: Patient preparation and interaction Providing physical and emotional support to patients Operating sterilizers and diagnostic equipment Selecting and opening sterile supplies, such as drapes, sutures, sponges and surgical instruments Interacting with physicians, physician assistants, and other operating room personnel Surgical technologists, also called surgical or operating room technicians, typically work in hospital operating rooms, surgeons offices, delivery rooms, cast rooms, emergency departments, ambulatory care areas, surgi-centers and central supply departments. They help set up the operating room with surgical instruments, equipment, and sterile solutions. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving and disinfecting incision sites. They transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table and cover them with sterile surgical --drapes--. Technologists also observe patients vital signs, check charts and helps the surgical team scrub and put on gloves, gowns and masks. Many surgical technologists are required to be --on call--.