March 11, 2022
Surgical Technology! What is it? A Surgical Technologist is a healthcare professional who prepares an operating room (OR) before surgery. They are a crucial part of a surgical care team, working alongside surgeons, anesthesia providers, circulating nurses and other healthcare providers. They ensure that the OR has been properly cleaned, gather equipment and supplies for the procedure, open supplies and establish the sterile field, and assist the surgeon and other surgical personnel during the surgical procedure. They accomplish this by passing of surgical instruments, holding retractors for visualization, suctioning blood and other bodily fluids, preparation of irrigation fluids and medication, intraoperative counts, and application of surgical dressings. Surgical technologists can also take part in the sterilization of equipment/instrumentation for use in surgical procedures by adhering to aseptic practice (preventing contamination).
NCMC is now offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. The program is an 11-month program and will begin its first cohort June 2022. There are 27 additional credits of prerequisites needed for completion of the Associate’s degree that can be found on the NCMC website. Applications for each cohort are due by March 1 for the upcoming class.
The Surgical Technology program is currently seeking initial accreditation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The approved curriculum is in alignment with the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology 7th Edition.
In preparation for the program, NCMC has hired Jeremy Wilson as the Surgical Technology Program Director and Susan McMillian as the Surgical Technology Clinical Coordinator. Kristi Cutsinger, Program Coordinator of Health Sciences, stated. “We are extremely excited about this program and what it will offer our students and the surrounding communities. Jeremy and Susan have teaching experience in a program and many years’ experience in the field to bring to the table.”