The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has awarded WVU Parkersburg a $64,000 grant to help fund new personnel and purchase equipment. In efforts to improve the educational training to meet workforce expectations, WVU Parkersburg expanded its surgical technology certificate program to an associate in applied science degree (A.A.S.) effective fall 2012.
The grant will help support this expansion. The transition meant increasing from 11 months of instruction to a two-year program of study. In the grant request, WVU Parkersburg stated that with students enrolled in both years of the program, an additional full-time faculty member would be needed to cover the courses and labs in the second year. The grant funds will also be used to update equipment for the skills lab.
“The surgical technology program recently received national accreditation to offer the two-year degree program,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president of academic affairs at WVU Parkersburg. “We are pleased with the quality of the program and our use of the latest technology to support student and community needs.”
WVU Parkersburg admitted its first class to the A.A.S. degree program this past fall and is now accepting applications for the fall 2013 class.
The surgical technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Other programs in the health sciences division at WVU Parkersburg include pharmacy technician, certified nursing assistant/phlebotomist and nursing.