Branford’s Surgical Technology Program in NJ, as Seen through the Eyes of a Student

An aspiring technologist shares what he has learned

Branford’s surgical technologist training program is popular with students at the North Brunswick, NJ campus, where Victor Fortuna has been enrolled for a little over a year now.

With four months to go until graduation, Fortuna is looking forward to putting several new skills to work for him. Once enrolled in Branford’s surgical tech program, the student learns how to assist the operating team during surgical procedures. The surgical tech may operate equipment used during surgery, assist with incisions, prepare lab specimens and more.

At this point, Fortuna has learned how to do almost all of those things. His focus is on graduating from the program, and earning an opportunity to show what he can do out in the field.

A choice that met his needs

According to Fortuna, he originally chose Branford because it was a cost-effective – and efficient – alternative to the majority of two-year programs he had considered.

“Originally I was going to go to a community college for nursing,” Fortuna explains. “But then, I didn’t want to go through the whole process of taking all the filler classes. The more I researched Branford, the more I liked it. I liked the format. When I came here, I walked into a classroom and they automatically started teaching me. Before the end of the first class I had learned a handful of medical terms. It made matters a lot easier. Once I had completed a few classes, I went straight into the human anatomy, and it was pretty straightforward. It shortened the time I had to spend in school, as well.”

Fortuna adds that some of the advanced classes he has taken during the second half of the program have been particularly instructive because they’re set up to reflect the high-pressure environment he’s likely to encounter, day-to-day.

“The instructors pressure you because of how the job is going to be,” Fortuna says. “They try to assimilate as much as they can. They try to rush you, they raise their voices. And you get that adrenaline rush going through you. And it feels really good. At the end of the class you’re like, I kind of like that. I miss it. I want to go back in there.”

Oh, the places you’ll go

Five years from now, Fortuna hopes to be working in some type of hospital environment. He was quick to point out that one of the things he really likes about the profession is that after graduation there’s so much room for advancement.

Fortuna explains he’s excited about being able to look into job opportunities close to home or elsewhere in the country. “Along with all the other career opportunities, you also have a traveling tech, which is basically working for an agency, where they could say, ‘Hey, listen, we need a surgical tech in Arizona for three weeks.’ They would pay for your room and board and travel, and on top of that the [medical facility] pays you … People say, ‘Oh, I’m going to go into the army because I want to travel.’ No. Just become a surgical tech. They get to travel, too.”

Fortuna also shares that being enrolled in the surgical tech program at Branford has made him realize how much he loves what he’s doing. That sense of fulfillment, combined with Fortuna’s positive outlook and drive should make him a welcome addition to any medical facility that is fortunate enough to have him.

Learn more about Branford’s surgical technology program.