Program Information: Deadline to apply is October 1 @ 3:00 p.m. (for program starting in January) OR Deadline to apply is April 20 @ 3 p.m. (for program starting in August 2020)
Minimum ACT: 16
Note: The Surgical Technology Program is currently a one plus one year program. A Surgical Technologist may graduate after one year with a Technical Certificate or may continue on for an Associate in Applied Science degree. The Associate Degree may also be obtained through previous coursework. PROGRAM UPDATE: In January of 2021, our Surgical Technology Program will be an Associate Degree only program. We will no longer offer the Technical Certificate. All SUT courses have to be taken in sequence and consecutively within the time frame of SUT Program (and passed with a C or higher) to complete/graduate from the SUT Program.
Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center
Brief Description of Program: A comprehensive program of study in which the student receives an in depth practical knowledge and essential clinical education related to the Operating Room.
Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: May be required to work long hours, weekends and holidays. Ability to stand for long periods, work around unusual sights and smells
Instructor Contact Information for the Program:
Possible Careers in this Program: In addition to the hospital OR, Surgical Technologists may be employed in Labor & Delivery, Central Sterile Processing departments, Supply/Purchasing, Outpatient Clinic and Surgery facilities, sales representatives for medical product companies as well other career opportunities that may be available.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the Surgical Technology profession will grow faster than the average of all other occupations through the year 2020, and it is anticipated that the volume of surgery will increase exponentially due to the expanding senior population.
What a student can expect from a career in this field: Surgical Technologists will become integral members of the surgical team and will work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care before, during, and after surgery.
Possible earnings of jobs in these career field:
Mission of Program: The mission of the Surgical Technology Program is to provide students with the general and technical education to function as safe, competent surgical technologists in entry level positions. The program also seeks to foster partnerships with public, private, and government health care facilities and educational institutions in Mississippi. “To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”
Goals of Program: The educational goal of the SUT Program at PRCC is to prepare the student for satisfactory completion of the program, attainment of national certification, and above average competency on skills as stated in the Association of Surgical Technologist’s Standards of Practice-Description of the Surgical Technologist. This goal is accomplished through the stated objectives.