Assist During Operations as a Surgical Technologist
This clinical, hands-on program, offered on the Harrison County Campus beginning each summer, is an intensive program that prepares students to enter operating rooms as a surgical technologist. Following successful completion of prerequisites, this one year program leads to an Associates of Applied Science Degree. As a surgical technologist, you’ll assist physicians, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses during operations. Surgical Technologists are well-paying positions, and the industry is growing.
Students in the Surgical Technology Program attend regular classes; experience hands-on labs in our two-room Operating Room Suite; and train in area hospitals, operating rooms, and outpatient surgical centers. We provide students the skills and knowledge to function as members of a surgical team.
Graduates will be eligible to take the national certifying examination to become certified surgical technologists. This program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, Telephone number 727-210-2350, under the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, 19751 Main Street #339, Parker, CO 80138, Telephone number 303-741-3655.
What Students Learn
- Preparation of operating rooms and equipment
- To assist doctors by providing appropriate supplies and equipment
- Application of sterilization techniques
- Related surgical anatomy and pathology
- Wound classifications and healing
- Standard precautions
- Procedures from surgical sub-specialties and related areas
Surgical Techs or operating room technicians can advance to become a surgeon’s First Assistant, manage surgical teams, and work in hospital administration. They can also build upon their existing Associates Degree to earn a higher medical degree. Surgical Technologists are well-paying jobs, and employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
- Achieve a minimum Accuplacer English Placement score (Traditional Exam = 175; Next Generation Exam = 502)
- Achieve a minimum Accuplacer Math Placement score (Traditional Exam = 53; Next Generation Exam = 231)
- Complete the following Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2514, BIO 2524, ENG 1113 & MAT 1313
- Hold a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on college work with no grade less than “C” on any Academic Core courses in the SUT curriculum
- Review the online mandatory Pre-School of Nursing and Health Professions Orientation Session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking. The session can be viewed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet. The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all School of Nursing and Health Professions programs at MGCCC. Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a School of Nursing and Health Professions advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion. In order to receive credit for viewing the session, follow the steps below. The information is approximately one (1) hour in length.
- To complete this requirement do the following:
1. Visit Web Services.
2. Select Student.
3. Select School of Nursing and Health Professions Supplemental Application Orientation Session.
4. In order to receive credit, you must review the entire session.
5. Click survey complete so that your log-in information will be recorded in the college’s BANNER system.
- Hold a current American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers certification
- Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All students making application to a School of Nursing and Health Professions program at MGCCC are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police Department at HC, JC, Perkinston, or GC Campus. The criminal background check policy (including testing dates and times) can be viewed at School of Nursing and Health Professions Criminal Background Check Policy.
Surgical Technology Program Fees
Prior to Entering Program
- Criminal Background Check $65 – $80 (MGCCC Campus Police)
Once Admitted into Program
- General MGCCC Tuition and Fees
- Career and Technical Program Fee $40 per credit hour
- Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200 – $300
- Books $800 – $1000 (plus rental fees, if applicable)
- Substance Testing $29 – $35 per semester
- Liability Insurance $12 -$15 per semester
- Additional purchase items, supplies $50 – $100
- Uniform, Accessories $150 – $200
- National Board Exam Application Fee $250 – $300
Cost may be subject to change
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