What Is Required to Earn an Endoscopy Tech Certification?

Endoscopy techs are not required to have any particular certification to work. However, aspiring endoscopy techs can earn a certificate of completion from a vocational program or complete an associate's degree program in endoscopy technology or gastroenterology from a community college. Read on for more information about edoscopy tech certification. Schools offering Medical Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Certificate and Degree Options for a Endoscopy Tech

As a endoscopy tech student, you'll learn about the field through class work and clinical practice providing care to patients undergoing endoscopy procedures. During the clinical practice, you're supervised by experienced gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists and endoscopy nurses. Some of the course topics in a endoscopy tech program include:

  • Patient care administration
  • Emergency procedures
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Gastrointestinal bleeds
  • Risk management
  • Examination room set-up

You may find courses on these topics in certificate and associate's degree programs.

Certificate Programs

If you're interested in the endoscopy tech field, you can enroll in a vocational academic program where you'll receive hands-on training and earn a certificate of completion. The vocational training program can take about eight weeks to complete and usually consists of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 200 hours of clinical instruction at a clinic or hospital environment.

Associate's Degree Programs

You can also earn an associate's degree in endoscopy technology or gastroenterology from a community college. The associate's degree program takes approximately two years to complete if you attend on a full-time basis. Both types of academic programs can teach you about the following basic skills in endoscopy and gastroenterology:

  • Infection control
  • Medical equipment sterilization
  • Medical equipment maintenance
  • Scope processing
  • Biopsy procedures

Job Outlook for Endoscopy Techs

Job opportunities for medical assistants, which include endoscopy techs, are expected to be good, with a projected growth rate of 29% over the 2012-2022 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Clinics and hospitals will continue to hire qualified endoscopy techs to perform endoscopic procedures, which are being used for diagnostic and therapeutic treatments in patients, reports the Mayo Clinic. The median annual salary for a medical assistant in the U.S. was $29,370 in 2012, reports the BLS.

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