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Deadline Extended For Application To Surgical Tech Program


Deadline Extended For Application To Surgical Tech Program

June 12, 2007 – Those wanting to invest themselves into a growing and lucrative healthcare career have until Friday, July 6 to apply to Collin College’s surgical technology program.

The newest degree program includes an applied science degree totaling 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.

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.

Admission to the Collin College program is selective and competitive. For more information and admissions requirements, contact academic advisor Lynne Meyer at 972.548.6778 or visit the program website at www.collin.edu/surgtech.

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.