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train­ing for fu­ture mem­bers of our team. We be­lieve our part­ner­ship with East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege will pro­duce first-rate sur­gi­cal tech­nol­o­gists and meet a de­mand for all hospi­tals in the re­gion.”

Prior to go­ing be­fore the com­mis­sion, the pro­gram has been ap­proved by both the EMCC Board of Trustees and the Mis­sis­sippi Board for Com­mu­nity Col­leges. It will also be re­quired to go through an ac­cred­i­ta­tion process by the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Al­lied Health Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­grams (CAA­HEP). Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CAA­HEP will visit dur­ing the pro­gram's sec­ond se­mes­ter, while stu­dents are par­tic­i­pat­ing in clin­i­cals to as­sess the pro­gram for ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Space will be lim­ited ini­tially, with only 10 places avail­able due to stan­dards for stu­dent-in­struc­tor ra­tio. An ad­di­tional in­struc­tor may be added at a later date, al­low­ing for more stu­dents.

No stu­dents will be ac­cepted into the pro­gram un­til its ap­proval by the SACS Com­mis­sion on Col­leges, but those in­ter­ested are en­cour­aged to en­roll at EMCC in ad­vance. Those in­ter­ested are also en­cour­aged to email Di­rec­tor and in­struc­tor Janan Rush for in­for­ma­tion on pro­gram ap­pli­ca­tion pack­ets. Rush can be reached at or 662-243-1767.

Sur­gi­cal tech­nol­o­gists are re­spon­si­ble for as­sist­ing sur­geons, nurses and anes­the­si­ol­o­gists dur­ing op­er­a­tions, as well as be­ing charged with en­sur­ing there are no breaks in ster­ile tech­nique, han­dling spec­i­mens and be­ing the pa­tient's ad­vo­cate dur­ing pro­ce­dures.

Ac­cord­ing to, the me­dian an­nual av­er­age salary for a sur­gi­cal tech­nol­o­gist is $44,209, with a range be­tween 39,721 and $19,248.

(Submitted photo)

East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege Sur­gi­cal Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Janan Rush, at left, and Bap­tist Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal- Golden Tri­an­gle Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer Mary Ellen Sum­rall in­side a build­ing owned by Bap­tist that will house the col­lege's new...

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