The Surgical Technology Program at Ashland Community and Technical College is now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 class. The application deadline is October 1.
The program prepares students for the national certification exam and employment in the operating room, private or public hospitals and clinics. It has been rated one of the top 20 programs in the country by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.
The three-semester diploma program at the College Drive Campus includes basic sciences, surgical decorum and protocol, and technical skills for assisting surgeons in the operating room. Students learn on real operating room (OR) equipment, with hundreds of surgical instruments. They practice OR set-ups in class to get comfortable with procedures before going to clinicals at area hospitals.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education. Program graduates take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification exam which it provides a benchmark measurement of the knowledge acquired by students - and the knowledge needed for success in the field.
"The program requires a lot of study," said Jacqueline Cavins, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, "but it pays off because our graduates have a higher than average pass rate on the national certification exam.
Graduates work in health facilities throughout the region. "I regularly get calls from hospitals in the Tri-State seeking surgical technicians," Cavins said. Many of our students have job offers before they graduate, and quite a few of those jobs are at the hospitals that serve as clinical sites, according to Cavins.
Surgical Technology is a selective admissions program. Applications are available in Admissions Offices at the College Drive and Technology Drive Campuses. Applicants must submit an ACTC application, Surgical Technology program application, scores from the ACT or COMPASS test, and transcripts from other colleges attended.
Completed applications may be mailed or returned to an Admissions Office. Application materials received after March 1 will not be considered for admission into the Spring 2011 class. Application ot the program does not guarantee admission.
For more information, contact Professor Cavins, (606) 326-2006 or Jennifer Carroll, Dean of Allied Health Programs, 606-326-2426.