Parkland College is inviting the public to see what is going on in its Surgical Technology program.
The college will observe National Surgical Technology Week (September 19–24) with open houses on Tuesday, September 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room L143
During the open houses, Surgical Technology students participate in a mock operating room, wearing their surgical gowns and practicing basic surgical technology skills. The program’s faculty will be on hand to answer questions.
Surgical technologists are the only formally trained students prepared to work in the operating room upon graduation. The Certified Surgical Technologist is responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. Primarily, in the scrub role, the surgical technologist functions in a sterile capacity during the surgical procedure but also performs many nonsterile duties throughout the day.
A shortage exists for surgical technologists, and employment opportunities are excellent, according to Carolyn Ragsdale, Surgical Technology program director. Surgical technology is also a great pathway into surgical nursing, she said.
The Parkland program has been recognized as a Galaxy Program for a 100% pass rate on the national exam given to all program graduates each summer. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Carolyn Ragsdale at firstname.lastname@example.org