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lauringale in San Jose, California

67 months ago

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and insights into this profession! Is ANYONE out there working in the SAN JOSE/SOUTH BAY area of Northern CA? If so...

Which school did you attend and what do you think about your investment so far?

Also...how long did it take to find a job once you were a CST?

I am currently thinking about this career shift, and yeah, i'm 40.

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Nancy Lynn in Los Angeles, California

67 months ago

I've been in the field for eight years. Yes I've heard of per diem and weekend work in this field. Childrens hospital has lots of part time surgical technician positions. Good luck..........

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suthern in Minneapolis, Minnesota

67 months ago

Does anyone know the starting wages for surgical techs in Pensacola Florida?????

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Nicole in Burlington NJ in Camden, New Jersey

67 months ago

Hi,
Just like most of the posters on here I am curious if anyone has any information regarding this position in NJ?
My concern is the need for ST in the area I live in, when I search it seems to be coming back with alot of information for residents in CA, TX and GA.... I assume because of big citys. However, I am 15 minutes from Trenton, Camden and Philadelphia....yet I can't find anything?

Any ideas?
Thanks!!

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julie in Charleston, South Carolina

67 months ago

suthern in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Does anyone know the starting wages for surgical techs in Pensacola Florida?????

I am not sure maybe 14-15? if you are right out of school.

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suthern in Minneapolis, Minnesota

67 months ago

Thanx Julie :)

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lauringale in San Jose, California

67 months ago

Nancy Lynn in Los Angeles, California said: I've been in the field for eight years. Yes I've heard of per diem and weekend work in this field. Childrens hospital has lots of part time surgical technician positions. Good luck..........

Thanks for the reply Nancy Lynn. I guess my next step is to contact the HR's of my local hospitals.

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Joanzie1 in Victorville, California

67 months ago

C in Apple Valley, California said: My school takes care of the clincals for us, and 9 times out of 10 we get hired at our clinical site. One girl who just graduated got hired at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs (her clinical site) right out of school.

Where did you go to school?

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julie in Charleston, South Carolina

67 months ago

what is per diem?

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ovstampco in Orange, California

67 months ago

Per Diem is by the day . Like being paid by the day , or being hired one day at a time when needed.

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julie in Charleston, South Carolina

67 months ago

Okay, thankyou, it's almost like PRN.

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pamschroeder3@yahoo.com in Queen Creek, Arizona

66 months ago

Miss Michelle in Buena Park, California said: I'm a 37 year old Woman, looking to go back to school to pursue a career as a surgical tech. I am very conflicted about choosing this career due to the fact I have heard so many negative aspects about the job. Can anyone tell me something positive? Can anyone give good solid information regarding schooling, pay and getting hired right out o school? Much appreciated, thank you.

I'm a 47 yr old women that went back to school to be a surgical tech. Now i can't find a job, because i don't have 1-2 yrs on the job exp. that they want. I work in the factory for 19 yrs i'm gonna stick to what i know it seems like going back to school was a waste of my time.. thank you pamela schroeder Queen Creek AZ.

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julie in Charleston, South Carolina

66 months ago

When I graduated back in 2002, the place i did my rotation, hired me when i got out. I moved to charlotte with less than a year exp, and i got hired. I moved to Charlestion SC. I work at MUSC, and than I quit, wanted to be closer to home. I had two more job offer. I have been a CST going on 8 years, and I love it! I get paid pretty good, and wonderful benefits.

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Hall in Houston, Texas

65 months ago

I keep reading that it is better to go ahead and become a RN rather than going for ST. I would love to be a RN but I can't afford to spend the money and time at the moment. I am thinking ST would be a good fit for me. I am worried about the starting pay and job openings in Houston. Any body have any advise for me.

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kevin(talkofmiami)

65 months ago

For those ST'S That got hired where they did there rotation what advice do you have for those that didn't get hired after their rotation was finished

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

65 months ago

At my school none of the students were hired by their extern sites because the main hospital closed shortly after the last graduating class . Those students graduated between six and eight months ago . None of us has been able to get a job . We work full time trying to get a job at anything related to what we studied . About half have given up and are trying to find any work . The other half are still trying , going to hospitals, surgery centers, contacting independent surgeons, using the "school placement assistance" (what a joke) applying to every online health care job opening etc. etc. its really becoming a waste of time . If you don't get hired at your extern site you are "SOL" , without years of paid working experience you don't have a chance. That is why people say become a RN - thats the only related field that hires new grads. The only optimistic people on this blog are the shills from the ST , allied health schools -

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pamschroeder3@yahoo.com in Queen Creek, Arizona

65 months ago

Don't becaome a surg tech its a waste ot time. I can't find a job neither can my daughter we are both surg techs. so my daughter is going to nursing school thats were the moneys at....RN became one

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brambleton in Ashburn, Virginia

65 months ago

RNs have a lot more versatility. Surgical techs only have one role in the OR. Nurses can scrub, circulate, become CRNFA (certified RN first assist)and CRNA (certified nurse anesthetist). There's also OR nursing management, clinical nurse specialist, and informatics specifically for the OR. The only reason surgical techs are in the OR is the lower labor costs, period. The problem with that is the limited scope of practice. Techs can not do other functions in the OR.

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todayisanewday in Minneapolis, Minnesota

65 months ago

WOW! I am amazed at all of the negativity on these forums. We are in a recession!! The unemployment rate is sky high, no one is finding work right now. You should not come on here and discourage other people from persuing a career as a surgical tech.

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Margo in Elk Grove, California

65 months ago

Julie, from Sacramento; so, I was wondering how things are going for you... You are 8 months into the program and wanted to know what you think?? Do you think you made a mistake? Or would you not change it for the world? I have been unemployed for five months and I've always had an interest in the medical field. Where did you decide to go? How are the cost (if that isn't too personal)? Would you reccomend this career? The school? If you feel more comfortable you can email me at rossfamily4@frontiernet.net. Thanks and I'll be waiting for you response!

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julie in Summerville, South Carolina

65 months ago

todayisanewday in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: WOW! I am amazed at all of the negativity on these forums. We are in a recession!! The unemployment rate is sky high, no one is finding work right now. You should not come on here and discourage other people from persuing a career as a surgical tech.

AMEN!

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rhonda

65 months ago

Wow how negative and down grading to all us hard working tech in the OR! We can do nothing but 1 job in the OR?!!! really?? I have been a tech for 2 years and I not only scrub in the OR, I precept new students, give in service meetings on new products that I use,(yes even giving education to RN's) I am helping build the new computer system that my hospital is getting, and I'm on the invitro fertilization team. So beleive me I'm not "just a tech" hired to save money in the hospital and stuck in one job. Get real and get a team mentality, we are all a team in the OR!!!!!

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CMartini in Grants Pass, Oregon

65 months ago

james in Olympia, Washington said: hello, since youre from oregon, close to where i live, i was wondering how the job search went for you and your classmates? thnx.

Jill or anyone. I live in Oregon and I'm looking to find an online surgical tech program. Does anyone know of any schools that offer this. I have been looking for months and can't find any.

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Barbara in Knoxville, Tennessee

65 months ago

CMartini in Grants Pass, Oregon said: Jill or anyone. I live in Oregon and I'm looking to find an online surgical tech program. Does anyone know of any schools that offer this. I have been looking for months and can't find any.

CMartini: The only online ST school is www.southeast.edu located in Kansas. You have to do your externs at a local hospital in YOUR area but most of the classes are online I think. It is about a 2 year program but you get a AS degree upon graduation.

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blessed and thankful in Dallas, Texas

64 months ago

Jeannie in Oakland, California said: OB Techs are expected to scrub C-Sections so, being an O.R. Tech is advantageous however, some hospitals do their C-Sections in the O.R. anyway. OB Techs make less money than O.R. Techs and their jobs are more like a nursing assistant position. The hospital I worked at simply trained ancillary staff from housekeeping or medical assistants for the OB positions unfortunately. It got them into trouble on a few occasions by these personnel not understanding aseptic technique or how to recognize sterility indicators. You get what you pay for in other words.

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! I AM A OR TECH WHO HAS JUST GOTTEN A JOB AS AN OB TECH FOR $21.00 PER HOUR. I SCRUB C-SECTIONS,AND ATTEND VAGINAL DELIVERIES AS WELL.I AM NOT LOOKED AT AS A NURSE ASSISTANT,I DONT EVEN CLEAN THE ROOM AFTER BIRTHS.

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blessed and thankful in Dallas, Texas

64 months ago

Rick in Lansing, Michigan said: ST is not the only career field where people are having problems finding jobs. Unless you are in Nursing, or a Doctor, this recession is absolutely killing the job market. The jobs are out there, but unless you rise above the rest of the competition, they will succeed and you will have to keep trying. I'm starting back to school this summer to get my CST. I really need a career change and have looked at this path before. Hopefully by the time I test, the economy will have turned back around and there will be more opportunities. There will always be jobs in this field as there will always be sick people who need help. I feel very confidant that I will be able to find a job, but if not, I will do something related to my training and see where that takes me.

THE FACT THAT WE GET PAID LESS THAN RN'S WILL END UP WORKING IN OUR FAVOR.HOSPITALS ARE CUTTING COSTS, AND IT COSTS LESS TO EMPLOY A ST THAN A RN IN THE OR. HOSPITALS ARE EVEN LOOKING AT HAVING TECHS CIRCULATE UNDER THE SUPERVISON OF AN RN OVER TWO ROOMS.

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blessed and thankful in Dallas, Texas

64 months ago

todayisanewday in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: WOW! I am amazed at all of the negativity on these forums. We are in a recession!! The unemployment rate is sky high, no one is finding work right now. You should not come on here and discourage other people from persuing a career as a surgical tech.

I TOTALLY AGREE! I DONT GET THIS. NURSES ARENT EXACTLY LOVING THIS EITHER.IT IS EASIER FOR THEM TO GET JOBS, BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE ONES THEY WANT.HAS ANYONE RESEARCHED THE EMPOLYMENT OUTLOOK FOR TECHS. I THINK SOME OF US MIGHT NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT DISGRUNTLED,DEFEATED ATTITUDE DOESNT COME ACCROSS IN INTERVIEWS.HOW DO YOU EXPECT OTHERS TO TAKE US SERIOUSLY OR RESPECT US,IF WE DONT VALUE OURSELVES AND OUR TRAINING.

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

64 months ago

That is understood. The people with the problems are the new grads. None of the graduates from my school found work In almost a year . We live in southern california where there are probably 200 hospitals and surgery centers in a 50 mile radius.We all worked full time for many months applying to everything (not just ST jobs). So you are right, all the openings were filled by ST's with years of experience (even the ones that didn't require it...) even the sterile processing jobs. What you don't understand is after about 6-8 months being out of your clinicals you start losing your skills. There is nowhere to practice, nowhere to volunteer . But the big loans become due. I think we are doing a service to warn people from going into this field at this time as it has been a waste of two years and tens of thousands of dollars in debt for the overwhelming majority of recent grads.
If you have been working in the field and have experience there are some openings , if you work for a school of course you will tell people its great but I strongly suggest if you are considering this you call hospitals and surgery centers first and ask THEM if they have been hiring new grads . The answer is NO !!!!!

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new grad.... in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

Kamille in Charlotte, North Carolina said: Yes you are right I am a student looking to go into the program. And I have a question that is a bit off subject but when you did your clinicals did you experience any abuse such as talking down to you or attitudes people being rude and nasty?

im a recent grad i just got hired on 5/5/09 i fininsh school in Feb.2009

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

64 months ago

Really? where did you get hired on at ? Was it a hospital or a surgery center ? Did you get hired on as a ST or some other position ?

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

64 months ago

I am very skeptical .....

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considering in Saint Louis, Missouri

64 months ago

Has anyone on this forum attended the Surgical Tech training at Allied College in Earth City, Missouri? I was just wondering if it is a legit school and if their past students are getting hired fairly quickly. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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sallen2 in Humboldt, Nebraska

64 months ago

I am currently in school to get my associates degree. Will I make more than someone who has just done a certificate program and how much should I expect to start out at?

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windsofchange5 in Houston, Texas

64 months ago

what do yall think about the surg tech program vs lpn program. I have checked into alot of schools on both and im going more towards the surg tech. I have looked at the community colleges.......but the next set of classes dont start till next summer......the cost is @ $5000.00. The classes at the other schools i have checked out start anywhere from july-dec but they cost @ $20000.00. I really dont know what to do! Does anyone know how much surg techs make as soon as they are out of school? has anyone graduated from these overpriced schools? did you find a job right away
?

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

64 months ago

Just to let you know... now virtually none of the graduates get jobs . Read the threads in the posts . All of the posts that are positive about employment are done by people with connections to school recruitment .
Since last October my school has graduated 15 people as surgical techs. Not one has landed a job as a surgical tech, not one has landed a job as even in sterile processing , nor orderly - basically nothing in the medical field except for a girl that has had 3 days , part time assisting a plastic surgeon.
Just to let you know some of our graduates had bachelor degrees and years of work experience before starting the program , almost all of the people that graduated from the schools here in southern california have not received any sort of jobs over the last year and now at the hospitals and surgery centers they are getting over 100 resumes for each job opening , none of which will hire someone without at least two years paid hospital/operating room experience.
There is a HUGE glut of unemployed , new grad surgical techs that have huge student loans and have wasted 1 1/2 years getting an education which they cant find work with. Call the hospitals and centers BEFORE you talk to these schools as they lie and misrepresent the employment possiblities of the new grads

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considering in Saint Louis, Missouri

64 months ago

ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California said: Just to let you know... now virtually none of the graduates get jobs . Read the threads in the posts . All of the posts that are positive about employment are done by people with connections to school recruitment .
Since last October my school has graduated 15 people as surgical techs. Not one has landed a job as a surgical tech, not one has landed a job as even in sterile processing , nor orderly - basically nothing in the medical field except for a girl that has had 3 days , part time assisting a plastic surgeon.
Just to let you know some of our graduates had bachelor degrees and years of work experience before starting the program , almost all of the people that graduated from the schools here in southern california have not received any sort of jobs over the last year and now at the hospitals and surgery centers they are getting over 100 resumes for each job opening , none of which will hire someone without at least two years paid hospital/operating room experience.
There is a HUGE glut of unemployed , new grad surgical techs that have huge student loans and have wasted 1 1/2 years getting an education which they cant find work with. Call the hospitals and centers BEFORE you talk to these schools as they lie and misrepresent the employment possiblities of the new grads

I have called hospitals in my area. They are hiring here in St. Louis, maybe you ought to move or touch up on your interviewing skills.

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ovstampco in Huntington Beach, California

64 months ago

I'm sorry maybe I wasn't clear . Hospitals are hiring surgical techs - but they are not hiring new grads - there are HUNDREDS of new grads here looking for a job. It has nothing to do with interview skills, and I'm sick and tired of people saying that we are doing something wrong in our job searching . Again , most of the out of work new grads would be great ST's ,. have job experience , many have college degrees , there are just no openings (or very, very few) for inexperienced st's. You say that your hospital is hiring new grads ? What hospital is it and what is your contact # for them . I wonder how many new grads they have hired on ?

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Kelly in Laguna Hills, California

64 months ago

I just wanted to say I am so glad I read this board and others like it. I was considering a career in ST but after reading all the horror stories about new grads here in southern california, I decided against it. Instead I took an at home study course in Sterile processing and found a supervisor in a hospital that is taking me under her wing and letting me train as a student. Granted I am not getting paid but I am getting invaluable experience and will start learning instruments etc..

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new grad.... in Rosemead, California

64 months ago

Kelly in Laguna Hills, California said: I just wanted to say I am so glad I read this board and others like it. I was considering a career in ST but after reading all the horror stories about new grads here in southern california, I decided against it. Instead I took an at home study course in Sterile processing and found a supervisor in a hospital that is taking me under her wing and letting me train as a student. Granted I am not getting paid but I am getting invaluable experience and will start learning instruments etc..

you can believe everything you read...

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Kelly in Laguna Hills, California

64 months ago

new grad.... in Rosemead, California said: you can believe everything you read...

I also called numerous hospitals and surg centers here in socal and they told me the exact same thing. I don't care to relocate either.

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Kelly in Laguna Hills, California

64 months ago

Kelly in Laguna Hills, California said: I also called numerous hospitals and surg centers here in socal and they told me the exact same thing. I don't care to relocate either.

Maybe when this economy pics up hospitals in socal will hire new grads. But until then I can't afford to drop $30,000 in school while there are no jobs to be had for NEW GRADS. (in socal)

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Jacks Raging Bile Duct in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

Hi, my name is Jack. I'm an 08' grad. What's the haps?

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meme470 in Spokane, Washington

64 months ago

brambleton in Ashburn, Virginia said: RNs have a lot more versatility. Surgical techs only have one role in the OR. Nurses can scrub, circulate, become CRNFA (certified RN first assist)and CRNA (certified nurse anesthetist). There's also OR nursing management, clinical nurse specialist, and informatics specifically for the OR. The only reason surgical techs are in the OR is the lower labor costs, period. The problem with that is the limited scope of practice. Techs can not do other functions in the OR.

This comment either shows your lack of experience or your ignorance. I don't mean to sound rude but as a surgical tech I can tell you that I regularly perform duties that are associated with the RN role. Also you can be a surgical tech and be certified ST first assist. I am so tired of people in California talking about how you can't find jobs. You are giving this industry a bad name. I don't know what schools you came from but to those of you wanting a career as a CST I have two suggestions. First make sure that the school is AST approved, this verifies proper accreditation and certification eligibility. Second, talk to previous graduates from the school you plan on attending and find out what they think of their program. If the school is worth a hoot this will be easy to do.

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windsofchange5 in Houston, Texas

64 months ago

I am really wanting to go for surg tech myself. I just think its interesting! I live in houston and I am considering going to a tech school. Anyone have anythoughts on tech schools? Would anyone know what the job rate is for houston?

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Jacks Raging Bile Duct in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

Cali is pretty competitve, Seattle, here i come baby. Talk to me.

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Jacks Raging Bile Duct in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

meme470 in Spokane, Washington said: This comment either shows your lack of experience or your ignorance. I don't mean to sound rude but as a surgical tech I can tell you that I regularly perform duties that are associated with the RN role. Also you can be a surgical tech and be certified ST first assist. I am so tired of people in California talking about how you can't find jobs. You are giving this industry a bad name. I don't know what schools you came from but to those of you wanting a career as a CST I have two suggestions. First make sure that the school is AST approved, this verifies proper accreditation and certification eligibility. Second, talk to previous graduates from the school you plan on attending and find out what they think of their program. If the school is worth a hoot this will be easy to do.

I have to concur on why you say you're tired because of the so called cali ppl complaining. Downplaying cali, as in you are WA has me confused why you would call out cali with your position in WA?

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Jacks Raging Bile Duct in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

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Hall in Houston, Texas

64 months ago

I am Houston, too. If you find any info on this please let me know. I am thinking about going to the Lonestar college program.

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meme470 in Spokane, Washington

64 months ago

went to school in Spokane work in Calli

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PlatinumSTSR in Princeton, North Carolina

64 months ago

Barbara S in Maryville, Tennessee said: Hi Jill:
I read your post about the online ST program you are in? How did you find out about this school and how do you like it? I live in Tenn and am also looking for a online ST program since I work F/T but wanted to change careers (in my 40's) LOL. But I am very interested in this field. I also have a AA degree in Business.

Barbara

I would really advise against an online program. The AST and pretty much every tech you will talk to will tell you, most on the job trained and online trained techs are very poorly trained. So much of this job is about the saftey and health of you and others and you may not get the information you need from one of these programs. I would suggest going to AST.com and finding a accredited school near you. GOOD LUCK

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