It’s National Surgical Technologist Week, and West Virginia University at Parkersburg is taking advantage of the opportunity to promote the profession and recruit for its new associate degree in the field. On Monday, Sept. 22, faculty members demonstrated the college’s laparoscopic simulator for students and visitors on campus.
“It was a chance to show the technology we use and hopefully attract new students,” said Jessica Emrick, program coordinator. “We wanted to give current and prospective students a sampling of the curriculum and classroom experience.”
The two-year associate degree program prepares qualified individuals to work under the supervision of a surgeon to assist the safe and efficient performance of invasive surgical procedures, make certain that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is performed under optimal conditions that ensures patient safety.
“Our surgical technology program offers an innovative curriculum,” said Dr. Theresa Cowan, interim health sciences division chair. “There is a blending of classroom with hands-on-training in lab and clinical setting which includes best practices in providing support to the surgical team.”
As an integral member of the surgical team, the surgical technologist works with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery. Students gain knowledge of the surgical environment, instrumentation, and procedures and supplies necessary to ensure safe care of the surgical patient.
Clinical experiences are offered under faculty and mentor supervision at Camden Clark Medical Center facilities, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Selby General Hospital, Thomas Memorial, Charleston Area Medical Center and other selected community agencies.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Visit wvup.edu/SurgTech to learn more or to apply for admission.