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Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma

87 months ago

I'm a newly single mama and am looking into going back to school to become a surg tech. I saw one lady on here, Kathy, who's from Oklahoma who has given out some great advice. Does anyone know what the best school/s in OK would be for surg tech? Oh, and one other question... maybe this is a dumb question.... but.... what's the difference between a surg tech and a scrub tech?

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Kevin in Tulsa, Oklahoma

87 months ago

The top rated school in Oklahoma is Community Care College. I am a recent graduate, and had no problem gaining employment. They said it was because of their dual accreditation. ABHES CAHEP either way it was a great experience.

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Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma

86 months ago

Hey Kevin! Thank you so much for the information! Where are you working now? Could you tell me about it? Thanks a million! ~Chelsea

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Kevin in Tulsa, Oklahoma

86 months ago

I worked at Saint Francis Hospital for 1 year and 2 months until I received an offer for a job at Claremore Regional Hospital (Closer to home)and worked their for 1 yr and 6 months. I must have made a good impression at Community Care College because they offered me a position at the school as an Externship Coordinator. I am currently working at the school and loving it!! I am also looking for an ECB so that I can scrub as well. The program lasts 13 months for a certification or 21 months for the associates. Your certification, Study Guide for certification, and Membership to AST is included with tuition. The school has an on-site preschool if needed. You can go to communitycarecollege.com to learn more or call 918-610-0027 if you need anymore information please do not hesitate to ask.

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Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma

86 months ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you Kevin! It's so nice to know that someone is kind enough to take time out of their busy life to help someone else out with a little info! I really appreciate it!!!!!!!!

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johninindy in Greenfield, Indiana

86 months ago

To answer your question, there is no difference in a surgical tech or a scrub tech; they are interchangeable labels given to Certified Surgical Technologists.

I would not suggest anyone enter this field. In fact, I was approached to teach the CST program at a local school and declined the offer as I did not feel I could recommend this career choice to people in good faith.

In my graduating class, 13 out of 20 finished the course and out of those, I was the only one left who was still doing it ten years later. The only reason I was still doing it was because of my personnal situation (single dad). As soon as my girls were grown and off to college, I immediately left the career as the rest of my classmates did.

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Danny in Tampa, Florida

86 months ago

John, were there any perks to being a surg tech? What are the negative aspects of becoming a surg tech. im attending a 13 month surg tech program and I want to be sure if its the right dicision.

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Denise in Raleigh, North Carolina

86 months ago

John: Why don't you recommend this career? Why did you hate it? I've been a secretary in the OR before, but it was many years ago. The career I've been doing for the last 17 years has gotten very boring for me. Can you be more specific about why you don't recommend this field? Too much call? Hard on the body? Don't feel respected? Coworkers hard to get along with? What exactly? Because many of us are looking for a change, but not to leap from the fire into the frying pan.

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Sarah in Indian Trail, North Carolina

86 months ago

I graduated a surg tech program in 2004, but due to the birth of my son, I took a couple years off to spend with him. I am now looking to start scrubbing again. Any advice? Thanks!

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Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma

86 months ago

johninindy in Greenfield, Indiana said: To answer your question, there is no difference in a surgical tech or a scrub tech; they are interchangeable labels given to Certified Surgical Technologists.

I would not suggest anyone enter this field. In fact, I was approached to teach the CST program at a local school and declined the offer as I did not feel I could recommend this career choice to people in good faith.

In my graduating class, 13 out of 20 finished the course and out of those, I was the only one left who was still doing it ten years later. The only reason I was still doing it was because of my personnal situation (single dad). As soon as my girls were grown and off to college, I immediately left the career as the rest of my classmates did.

OH NO!!!! I'm surprised to hear this. Can you please, please elaborate on why you didn't like the ST field? I'm trying to gather as much information about it as possible right now. I've heard a few things about how and why some people love it and you're actually the second person who has advised against this field. John, I'm so sorry that you were miserable in this field. Please let me know why you didn't like it. Thank you so much!!!! ~Chelsea

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Lilia in Redmond, Washington

86 months ago

johninindy in Greenfield, Indiana said: To answer your question, there is no difference in a surgical tech or a scrub tech; they are interchangeable labels given to Certified Surgical Technologists.

I would not suggest anyone enter this field. In fact, I was approached to teach the CST program at a local school and declined the offer as I did not feel I could recommend this career choice to people in good faith.

In my graduating class, 13 out of 20 finished the course and out of those, I was the only one left who was still doing it ten years later. The only reason I was still doing it was because of my personnal situation (single dad). As soon as my girls were grown and off to college, I immediately left the career as the rest of my classmates did.

I was wondering why so many people quit the job? IS it because of stress and bad treatment?

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Roxanne in Los Angles, California

86 months ago

Interesting...I've never heard anything bad about this field. If anyone has more info to offer I would love to hear it. As I am 26 and just decided that this is what I really want to do. On a happier note does anyone one have any good things to say? I am really interested in this field so everyone feel free to offer up info! Thanks!

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Sarah in Indian Trail, North Carolina

86 months ago

Sure, like every job, ST does have some negative aspects. For example, if you work in a hospital period, you are going to have some weird hours including holidays and weekends. You also might run across a crazy doctor that likes to throw things. But, there are many more positive aspects that come with being a Surg Tech. Like the fact that you are helping people and that you are doing something that not everyone has the stomach for. But, yeah, there are going to be off days when you feel like quitting, everyone has those. You just have to know that you are doing what you love and don't let anything stop you from enjoying it. Work doesn't have to be work... I would suggest researching the field and possibly getting into a job shadow program through your local employment commission. After seeing what actually goes on in an OR, it might make you feel more at ease with your decision... or it could open your eyes to the realization that Surgical Technology may not be for you. Hope this helps!

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Roxanne in Victorville, California

86 months ago

Thanks for the reply. Yes it helps. I've been researching schools and am having trouble making a decision. I would want a program that is CAAHEP accredited right? If any one knows of any great programs in southern CA let me know.

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Sarah in Indian Trail, North Carolina

86 months ago

Roxanne: Yes, you would definetly want a CAAHEP accredited program. This is a big factor when hospitals and surgery centers are looking at candidates. Also, a lot of hospitals have Surg Tech programs. This will give you a better chance of getting a job right out of school. At least that is what my experience has showed me. As for the schools in CA, no clue... I'm in NC!!

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Roxanne in Victorville, California

86 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Laura Selden in Melbourne, Florida

86 months ago

I'm 35 and I have just finished my pre-rec's for the Surgical Tech Program. I was just wondering do you have any advice for me on what type of ST I should look into. Also, what can I do to make sure this is right for me?

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Denise in Raleigh, North Carolina

86 months ago

Laura Selden in Melbourne, Florida said: I'm 35 and I have just finished my pre-rec's for the Surgical Tech Program. I was just wondering do you have any advice for me on what type of ST I should look into. Also, what can I do to make sure this is right for me?

I'm not a surgical tech, but I worked as a secretary in the OR. What I observed about the OR nurses was that the good ones tended to be very confident people.

Important considerations include an early start time (would be hard for me). Working in the OR requires taking call. It's good money, but hard on a family. The scrubbing does age the hands. They look pretty red. The OR is cold, but the OR lights get kind of warm (or at least they used to).

From what I observed, surgeons and OR nurses (and I would think surg techs) have fairly strong personalities. They tend to enjoy a little excitement. There is lots of bawdy language. Surgeons tend to be really happy or else very tense in the OR, so they either want speed, fun and competence or respect, speed and perfection.

The truth is, if you really want to do this, you can fake the confidence though. You just decide this is what you want to do and you belong there as much as anybody else and nothing bothers you.

I chicked out from doing the program when I remembered that when I'm trying to do things with my hands, I always want people to be quiet or I drop things. Doesn't sound too good for a scrub tech! I'm signing up for the medical assistant program. It will be much easier, but not as exciting.

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Laura Selden in Melbourne, Florida

85 months ago

Denise, (From Raleigh, North Carolina)

Thank you so much for the respone. It was very helpful and I think I have a very strong personality. I take pride in my work, even as a server. I do the best I can do and hope for the best!

Sincerley - Laura Selden

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Denise in Raleigh, North Carolina

85 months ago

Laura:

I think it sounds like a good match for you then! Go for it and work hard, girl.

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keri in Kissimmee, Florida

85 months ago

Has anyone attended the st program at orlando tech? I'm going in january. If so how was it.

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Sarah in Indian Trail, North Carolina

85 months ago

I need to know if anyone has failed the CST Test. I took mine today and failed. What can I do to make sure that I pass the next time I take it? I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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tracy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

85 months ago

i'm looking into the st program and not sure what school would be the best here in okc anybody know?

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Brian in Drumright, Oklahoma

85 months ago

I would suggest that you look at a career tech school like Metro Tech or Moore Norman. These schools have been in Oklahoma City for a long time and are very well established and a lot more economical then the private schools that are in the area.

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Kim Shannon in Norman, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I'm a newly single mama and am looking into going back to school to become a surg tech. I saw one lady on here, Kathy, who's from Oklahoma who has given out some great advice. Does anyone know what the best school/s in OK would be for surg tech? Oh, and one other question... maybe this is a dumb question.... but.... what's the difference between a surg tech and a scrub tech?

Please check out the surgical technology program at Moore Norman Technology Center (405-364-5763 ext 7535). Information meetings will begin in Dec. It is an awesome program. And in answer to your question...they are the same thing.

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Kim Shannon in Norman, Oklahoma

84 months ago

tracy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma said: i'm looking into the st program and not sure what school would be the best here in okc anybody know?

Moore Norman, Metro tech, and Canadian Valley Technology Centers are in your area and are excellent programs.

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T in Elko, Nevada

84 months ago

Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I'm a newly single mama and am looking into going back to school to become a surg tech. I saw one lady on here, Kathy, who's from Oklahoma who has given out some great advice. Does anyone know what the best school/s in OK would be for surg tech? Oh, and one other question... maybe this is a dumb question.... but.... what's the difference between a surg tech and a scrub tech?

i have been a surgical tech for twenty years, best thing is to got to nursing school, better salary, and more options in emloyment areas!!

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Kathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I'm a newly single mama and am looking into going back to school to become a surg tech. I saw one lady on here, Kathy, who's from Oklahoma who has given out some great advice. Does anyone know what the best school/s in OK would be for surg tech? Oh, and one other question... maybe this is a dumb question.... but.... what's the difference between a surg tech and a scrub tech?

No difference between scrub and surg tech. The official name is Surgical Tech. We are called scrub tech, surgical specialist(at the hospital where I work per diem).

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NJOAQUIN in Eureka, California

84 months ago

johninindy in Greenfield, Indiana said: To answer your question, there is no difference in a surgical tech or a scrub tech; they are interchangeable labels given to Certified Surgical Technologists.

I would not suggest anyone enter this field. In fact, I was approached to teach the CST program at a local school and declined the offer as I did not feel I could recommend this career choice to people in good faith.

In my graduating class, 13 out of 20 finished the course and out of those, I was the only one left who was still doing it ten years later. The only reason I was still doing it was because of my personnal situation (single dad). As soon as my girls were grown and off to college, I immediately left the career as the rest of my classmates did.

What are you doing now? Are you happy in your new choice?

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

johninindy in Greenfield, Indiana said: To answer your question, there is no difference in a surgical tech or a scrub tech; they are interchangeable labels given to Certified Surgical Technologists.

I would not suggest anyone enter this field. In fact, I was approached to teach the CST program at a local school and declined the offer as I did not feel I could recommend this career choice to people in good faith.

In my graduating class, 13 out of 20 finished the course and out of those, I was the only one left who was still doing it ten years later. The only reason I was still doing it was because of my personnal situation (single dad). As soon as my girls were grown and off to college, I immediately left the career as the rest of my classmates did.


Hello,it is very sad,to read comments like this.Ihave been a CST HER IN CALIFORNIA FOR 11 YEARS,IHAVE NEVER read bad COMMENTS,BECAUSE I HAVE PUT MYSELF DEEP IN TO MY JOB.I have scrubed on all types of cases.Here in cali. I do make a middle income.YOU should have keep going. peace.

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Kathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Yes I completely agree with the good comments! I love my job, I would much rather be a CST than even a nurse. I have to explain anatomy and surgical procedures to our nurses. I feel we are the front lines and my coworkers and Dr.s respect the work we do. What you put into it, is what you get out of it.

Work Hard....and it will all pay off!

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

HELLO KATHY, THANK YOU.I USED TO WORK IN OKLAHOMA CITY,THE CHILDREN STATE HOSPITAL,IT WAS A CHALLENGING JOB.BUT I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO STAY THERE,FOR MY EXPERENCE.THE SURGEIONS HER IN CALIFORNIA ARE NOT AS NICE OF OKLAHOMA D.R.

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Kim Shannon in Norman, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Good for you Kathy! Being a Surg Tech is a very rewarding job. It is a job that may be used as a stepping stone towards more education and another career, or can be a lifelong committment in and of itself. What ever job we have, it is up to us to make the best of it and to give it 110% of our effort.

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Kim in Norman, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Absolutely Brian!

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

IABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU BRIAN.

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Kathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Well I am sorry that you had to work at the Childrens hospital. I know that it would be hard for me to work in the enviroment where you see the innocent babies abused(that would be my problem with trying to work at a kids hospital, I would have a hard time dealing with that).

Our doctors are great here in Oklahoma, and sure there are a few jerks in the mix, but for the most part they are great.

I think that's great that you worked with the kids. Keep your head up, sounds like you are good at what you do, even in crappy circumstances.

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Kathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Thanks, love the attitude! You sound like a great person to work with, and in this field you know that it takes a good team to make it work.

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Kathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

84 months ago

Hey you are right on the money. Work hard and be dependable. Help the circulating nurses(prep the patients, help them with drawing local for them etc...)Make sure that they have to have you.

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

THANK YOU KATHEY.

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

Roxanne in Los Angles, California said: Interesting...I've never heard anything bad about this field. If anyone has more info to offer I would love to hear it. As I am 26 and just decided that this is what I really want to do. On a happier note does anyone one have any good things to say? I am really interested in this field so everyone feel free to offer up info! Thanks!

HELLO ROXANNE,WHICH PART OF L.A AREYOU FROM,DO YOU WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR S.T,THERE IS A SCHOOL BY SUNSET KAISERPERM.,SOUTH GATE710FREEWAY.IDONT KNOW THE NAME OF IT.I JUST KNOW ITS DOWN THE STREET FROM SAINT FRANCES HOSPITAL.

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Donny Yang in Saint Paul, Minnesota

84 months ago

being a surg tech is Great!!!!... I get to wake up every day knowing that im going to make someone's life a little bit better and it feels nice to know that you are making a difference in someone's life. I'm using this career as a steping stone... want to become a CRNA or a RN who scrubs in the future... Scrubbing is pretty fun and exciting though... in the future if i do become a Rn or a CRNA i might do it part time... hahahhaha... some Docs can be an ass sometimes but there are also a lot of cool docs out there... at least where i work at... well take care peeps

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Angel in Huntington Beach, California

84 months ago

I have worked as a scrub in a private plastic surgeons office but want to get licensed. Anyone know what a good school is in Orange County CA, with the CAAHEP accredited?

Also Im a tad older now too, Im turning 43 this year and not sure if my body is gonna hold up witht he pain. I have a bad back....what do you guys think?

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BRANDI in Downey, California

84 months ago

Sarah in Indian Trail, North Carolina said: I need to know if anyone has failed the CST Test. I took mine today and failed. What can I do to make sure that I pass the next time I take it? I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks.

HELLO SARAH,I TRURLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH,BECAUSE I AM GOING THROUGH THE SAME SITUATION.

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luci in Los Angeles, California

83 months ago

Chelsea in Edmond, Oklahoma said: OH NO!!!! I'm surprised to hear this. Can you please, please elaborate on why you didn't like the ST field? I'm trying to gather as much information about it as possible right now. I've heard a few things about how and why some people love it and you're actually the second person who has advised against this field. John, I'm so sorry that you were miserable in this field. Please let me know why you didn't like it. Thank you so much!!!! ~Chelsea

hey girl, i've been a tech for 10ys now:(. i will say it is a great field to experience but you should not go into this for the long term. as some have said you will be explaing things making recommendations etc. but you will be making less than everybody else in that room even with much respect. you will be on your feet now and fifty years from now and evevry one else will still be making more than you. so if you don't plan to go on to r.n who gets to sit and can still scrub forget it.
You can make more money through resgistry (temp. jobs day to day or 3mth assigns at a time.-- you pay ins if you need it) after you get your experience not L&D or a plastic surgeon's office which is ok to start but you will need to work in a hospital O.R to really get well rounded. be sure to do ortho or cardiac if you can.
there are other jobs out there that pays about the same with less stress and being a single parent you may need a 9-5,8-4 'cause start time in O.R is 6-7am, 3pm, 11p and you won't be able to work nights until you get experience.
the guy that went on to do consults that's great but not the norm. and
x-ray techs make more but you have to go to school for an extra year lvn make some money too but there start time is the same as ours but they have flexiablilty for part time and you will be able to get a job faster after school.
i would not trade my experience for anything but the industry is just not paying well across the board. good luck

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luci in Los Angeles, California

83 months ago

Angel in Huntington Beach, California said: I have worked as a scrub in a private plastic surgeons office but want to get licensed. Anyone know what a good school is in Orange County CA, with the CAAHEP accredited?

Also Im a tad older now too, Im turning 43 this year and not sure if my body is gonna hold up witht he pain. I have a bad back....what do you guys think?

call the ast.or look on line for the assoication of surgical technolist. base on what i know you will have to go to school full time for one yr 8hrs a day. glendale career college has a part time program and takes a little longer but when you go to the hospital for your training it will be 8hrs for about 3-4mths m-f since you have to get cetain amount of cases in different areas not just plastic. ie ortho, gen., h & N, l&d etc.
because you have some experience already i would say go for it 'cause it will broaden your knowledge. and you can always work one day a week or mth. through resgistery or maybe per diem for a hospital of your choice to keep up your skills since it seems you want to stay witn the plastic surgeon. if your back is really killing you and they are requiring you to get cetified then maybe it's time to rethink your career choice.
good luck. luci

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Angel in Huntington Beach, California

83 months ago

luci in Los Angeles, California said: call the ast.or look on line for the assoication of surgical technolist. base on what i know you will have to go to school full time for one yr 8hrs a day. glendale career college has a part time program and takes a little longer but when you go to the hospital for your training it will be 8hrs for about 3-4mths m-f since you have to get cetain amount of cases in different areas not just plastic. ie ortho, gen., h & N, l&d etc.
because you have some experience already i would say go for it 'cause it will broaden your knowledge. and you can always work one day a week or mth. through resgistery or maybe per diem for a hospital of your choice to keep up your skills since it seems you want to stay witn the plastic surgeon. if your back is really killing you and they are requiring you to get cetified then maybe it's time to rethink your career choice.
good luck. luci

Thank you that was a helpful great response.... I will look into it.

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luci in Los Angeles, California

83 months ago

glad you thought it was helpful. also read my response to single parent.

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Melissa in Chickasha, Oklahoma

83 months ago

my son is interested in attending a program in Oklahoma City, any programs there that are CAAHED certified. And are you guys saying that the most someone can make is $10.00 an hour, or is that just start pay? he has one year towards a bachelor at this point.

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Kim in Norman, Oklahoma

83 months ago

Moore Norman Technology Center has a great program with 100% placement rate and currently a 94% pass rate on the CST exam.(national average is 66%) You may get more information on the website: www.mntechnology.com or by calling 405-364-5763 and asking to speak to Dan Bergman or Gib Jordan.

The average starting pay for last year's grads was approximately $12/hour.

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Angel, Huntington Beach CA in Los Angeles, California

83 months ago

Whoa wait a minute $12 per hour???? That must be out of Calif. pay right?
I think Tech's make more than that in Orange County. What is the going rate per hour now in Orange County, anyone know?

I thought maybe $25 per hour

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