Returning Vets Encouraged to Enroll in the HCC Coleman College Online Surgical Technologist Certification Program Beginning in October

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The Surgical Technologist Certification is now required to practice as a surgical technologist in the State of Texas and HCC Coleman College is offering United States military personnel trained as surgical technologists the opportunity to earn their national certification and reenter civilian life with a fresh start.

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Military Veterans with Surgical Training Encouraged to Enroll in October Classes

Returning vets, especially those with medical training, have a leg up in the workplace because of their unique experience and wealth of knowledge.

HCC Coleman College is helping returning veterans by offering them the opportunity to succeed. In the past, many veterans have returned with a hearty handshake and a “thanks for your service,” but integrating back into the work force has been left up to them. Many veterans returning home after their time in the military find themselves at a crossroad. “Returning vets, especially those with medical training, have a leg up in the workplace because of their unique experience and wealth of knowledge,” says Brian Waddle, Public Relations Director for the college.

The Surgical Technologist Certification is now required to practice as a surgical technologist in the State of Texas. Passing the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam is required to obtain Surgical Technologist Certification. In the past those military veterans with military-based surgical training in the immediate prior 10 years were exempt from the exam because they were usually deployed to combat areas following their surgical training and could not sit for the exam, according to the college's website. HCC Coleman College is making it as easy as possible for these veterans to prepare for the exam. The program begins on October 22. The cost for the online classes includes the cost for the exam as well. According to Christine Castillo, RN of HCC Coleman College, the online program will be funded through a College Credit for Heroes Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. “The best part of this grant is our service men and women will be earning college credit through HCC Coleman College that they can later turn into an associate degree and continue forward with their education,” adds Castillo. “Qualified veterans may also use their education benefits to offset the cost of tuition.”

For more information on this program or any of the schools, classes and programs associated with HCC Coleman College, contact the school at (713) 718-7639, or visit them on the web at http://coleman.hccs.edu . Interested vets can also find and like them on Facebook at facebook.com/hcccolemancollege.

About HCC Coleman College
Founded in 2004, HCC Coleman College is one of six colleges within the Houston Community College district, but the only one without an open enrollment policy and a focus on health care. They are one of the institutions that make up the Texas Medical Center and, at more than 1,000 acres, are the largest campus of magnet hospitals, health science education and research institutions in the world. HCC Coleman College also features the largest medical library in the world.

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