Parkland College will observe National Surgical Technology Week, Sept. 15-21, with open houses on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room L143.
See what is going on in the surgical technology field. Students in the program will put on surgical gowns and participate in a mock operating room, practicing basic surgical technology skills. The program director and faculty will be present to answer questions.
Surgical technologists are the only formally trained students that are prepared to work in the operating room upon graduation. Certified surgical technologists are responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. They function primarily in a sterile capacity during the surgical procedure, but they also perform many nonsterile duties throughout the day.
The Parkland program has been recognized as one of the top 20 elite programs in the nation, based on examination scores of the graduates. A shortage exists for surgical technologists, and employment opportunities are excellent. Although nursing curricula no longer include training students to work in surgery, surgical technology is a great pathway into surgical nursing. Once employed as a surgical technologist, tuition waivers are available to pursue nursing.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Carolyn Ragsdale, program director of Surgical Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org