One-hundred percent of Montgomery County Community College’s 2011 Surgical Technology graduates passed the National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam (CST) on Dec. 6. The students include Sunghee Cho, Philadelphia; Jeff Gruninger, Pottstown; Michelle Jackson, Pottstown; Patti Meyers, Perkiomenville; Kristina Ndau, Norristown.
The CST certification affords the graduates with an advantage in the job market. Surgical Technology graduates are able to seek employment in physician office procedure rooms, freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, delivery rooms, sterile processing areas, community hospital operating rooms, and acute and critical care facilities. Many surgical technologists are directly employed by surgeons and may choose to specialize in certain types of surgery. Others become sales representatives for companies and manufacturers of surgical equipment and supplies.
The College began offering the Surgical Technology curriculum in 2004 in response to a documented shortage of operating room health care workers in the region. The Surgical Technology 16-month Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and 12-month certificate program are designed to prepare graduates to function as health care team members under the supervision of registered professional nurses or licensed physicians. Students learn to prepare the operating room, instruments and equipment for surgery, as well as acquire operating room surgical technology skills.