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Surgical Technician Program Plans Oct. 25 Information Session

October 9, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College's Health Professions Institute will hold an information session for those interested in exploring its Surgical Technician program, 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, room 108. Registration for the information session is required. Call (609) 343-5650 or 463-4774, ext. 5650, in Cape May County. For more information, visit www.atlantic.edu/conted.

Continuing Education representatives will explain how the Surgical Technician program can prepare participants for a career with a good salary, benefits and exciting working conditions. The curriculum is based on the Association of Surgical Technologists guidelines.

Surgical Technicians help prepare the operating room, get patients ready for surgery, and transport patients to and from the operating room. During surgery, surgical techs pass instruments, hold retractors, cut sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments. They may also observe patients' vital signs, check charts, operate sterilizers, and help operate diagnostic equipment. After an operation, surgical techs help clean and restock the operating room.

The Surgical Technology Program at ACCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee of Surgical Technologists. The attainment of a professional credential verifies the surgical technologist demonstrates a broad general knowledge of the field and is capable of performing the responsibilities demanded by almost any surgical suite across the country. Prospective employers can utilize the credential as a benchmark for screening the most qualified candidates. Only students who have completed training offered by CAAHEP accredited programs are eligible to sit for the national certification exam, which is a requirement for credentialing. (CAAHEP, 35 East Wacker Drive, # 1970, Chicago , IL 60601, phone: 312-553-9355, fax: 312-553-9616 www.caahep.org)