July 29, 2019
Tallahassee native, Chelsea Countess said it took some time to actually find her niche in the medical field. She started taking classes in physical therapy but quickly realized it wasn’t for her. That’s when her father told her about Tallahassee Community College’s Surgical Technology program and she’s been hooked ever since. “If you would have asked my parents, I never would’ve ended up in the medical field,” Countess said. “Growing up I was so scared of needles, shots and getting blood drawn.”
After learning more about the program at an interest meeting and seeing the class sizes offered at the College Countess said she knew TCC was the best decision. “A university is not for everybody,” Countess said. “They’re bigger but I needed a much smaller fit and the class sizes at TCC fit me perfectly.”
After earning her associate’s degree, Countess currently works at Capital Regional Medical Center. She plans to go back to school for additional training. “I love my job and I love being able to help patients and be there for the surgeons.” Countess said. “I am a firm believer in treating every patient like they are a family member.”
Certified surgical technologist can work in a number of settings where invasive procedures are performed including operating rooms, labor and delivery areas and private physician offices. The College accepts 24 students annually to the program.
To learn more about the Surgical Technology program or other TCC2WORK opportunities that have trained and employed more than 160,000 people, visit TCC2WORK.com or call 1-833-TCC-JOBS.