|For Immediate Release (01-68)
Date: December 4, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Dave
College Initiates New Degree
for Surgical Technologists
Program Responds To Workforce
Students who complete Montgomery
College’s new two-year program for surgical technologists can
expect strong career opportunities.
“They will pretty much be able to
write their own tickets,” says Patrice Upshaw, coordinator of the
new program, which is based at the College’s Takoma Park Campus. “If
they want a nine-to-five job or to work only on weekends, they will
be able find something that fits their schedules.”
The two-year AAS degree, which was
instituted this fall with a handful of students, provides both the
technical training required to assist in a surgical arena and the
liberal arts curriculum that will allow for transfer to a four-year
Regularly scheduled information
sessions introduce candidates to the program and are strongly
recommended for anyone interested in exploring the field.
According to Upshaw, the new degree
program came about in response to requests from the health care
community for training in this specialized field. The economics of
modern health care requires maximum use of facilities, she notes,
adding hospitals and other health care institutions can only perform
the treatments they have staff to perform.
Graduates will have the technical
skills to be integral members of surgical teams and will be able to
work in hospital operating rooms, physicians’ offices, surgery
centers, labor and delivery rooms, and free-standing minor surgery
The first year of the program is
spent primarily in the classroom, studying courses ranging from
human anatomy to fundamentals of pharmacology. In the second year,
classroom study is supplemented with clinical work that involves
hands-on experience in the field.
The degree program has been
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs. Upon completion, graduates also will be highly
qualified to take the national certification exam given by the
Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologists.
Candidates who pass the voluntary exam enjoy the distinction of
being professionally certified by the nationally recognized
The Surgical Technologist program
has the capacity to accept 18 students per year. Deadline for
admission to next fall’s class is April 1, 2002.
To find out about future information
sessions or the program itself, contact Patrice Upshaw at
240-567-1306. On-line information about the program can been found