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Health Care Science

Technical Certificate of Credit

The Health Care Science Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the degree level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care in either Dental Hygiene or Surgical Technology.

  • Dental Hygiene: Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities.

In 2012, Dental Hygiene was listed as one of the top four careers. Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations. The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing emphasis on preventative dental care. To help meet this demand, facilities that provide dental care, particularly dentists’ offices, will increasingly employ dental hygienists, often to perform services that have been performed by dentists in the past. Ongoing research indicating a link between oral health and general health also will increase the demand for preventative dental hygiene services.

  • Surgical Technology: Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors and nurses during surgeries. Most surgical technologists work in hospitals. Some work in outpatient surgery centers.

Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly.

During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. Technologists also may prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis. In addition, they apply dressings.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of surgical technologists is expected to increase 19 percent through 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System, Department of Labor