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Collin College Unveils New Surgical Technician Degree



Collin College Unveils New Surgical Technician Degree

March 30, 2007 - Collin College recently unveiled its new associate of applied science degree in surgical technology.

The degree will prepare students to assist in surgical operations, prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment and making sure equipment works properly. Surgical technicians also prepare the patient for surgery by washing, shaving and disinfecting incision areas, transport the patients to the surgery area, observe patient vital signs, process charges and generally assisting the surgical team.

Surgical technicians are employed by hospitals and free-standing day surgery facilities and as the volume of surgeries increases, the need for professionals such as surgical technicians also increases. In 2004, the median salary for surgical technicians ranged from $33,130 in hospitals to $37,510 in dental offices. In areas of high demand and a shortage of qualified professionals, salaries climb to the mid-$40,000 range.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the surgical technology field is expected to grow by 27 percent in the coming years, the highest comparative level of any other occupation. Additionally, the need for surgical technicians in Dallas is expected to grow by 31.74 percent and by 33.95 percent in north central Texas.

According to Dr. Merry McBryde-Foster, Dean of Health Sciences and Emergency Services at Collin College, "requiring the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology will provide a health science degree not widely available in the north central Texas area. This degree will provide well prepared surgical technicians for the healthcare workforce."

The new degree totals 68 credit hours including 13 hours of prerequisites. Prerequisites include Medical Terminology I, Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Introduction to the Healthcare System, being offered for the first time at Collin College this summer.

For more information, visit the Surgical Technology site or contact academic advisor Lynne Meyer at 972.548.6778 or lmeyer@collin.edu.

Collin College serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.