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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Salary.com, the median annual average salary for a surgical technologist is $44,209, with a range between 39,721 and $19,248.
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...