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Louisville Campus Celebrates Surgical Technologist Week

Oct 09, 2012

The Louisville Campus celebrated Surgical Technologist Week September 16-22 to raise awareness of the profession and to show support of students in the degree program. Surgical technologists play an important role in the operating room where they prepare instruments, maintain a sterile environment and assist doctors during surgeries. The associate’s degree program at the Louisville Campus, as at many other American National University campuses, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and students sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam during their program.

The surgical technology program was acknowledged throughout the week in a variety of ways including a campus-wide pizza party which featured games and prizes. Donations of canned goods were also collected for a local charity. In addition, the department provided breakfast to the Jewish Hospital operating room staff to show appreciation of their partnership with the campus. Jewish Hospital is one of the primary sites at which the campus’s surgical technology students conduct clinical rotations where they gain valuable hands-on experience in their field.

Surgical technology student Betty Carr said that she appreciated that the program and her new profession were being acknowledged by the campus. “It made us feel that our role as a surgical technologist is very important and that we are [highly] regarded at National.” She is in the last term of her program and is very excited about getting started in her new career. “I feel that what I’ve learned in the time that I’ve been at National— I can truly apply it in the field—which I do every day in my externship.”

Surgical technology program director Stephanie Walker (left), surgical technology student Betty Carr (center), and instructor Teresa Ray (right) accepted canned food donations during the Surgical Technology Week.

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