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April 2, 2014

Southwest Georgia Technical College accepting Surgery Technology students

THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is accepting new students into its Surgical Technology program. This new cohort of students will begin program coursework in the upcoming summer semester starting May 19.

With an expected 30 percent employment increase between 2012 and 2022, surgical technology is a great career choice for those seeking a high-demand field. Median pay in 2012 was $41,790, while the highest-paid surg techs earn over $60,240, according to the United States Department of Labor.

“The career opportunities for surgical technologists are endless. Students can specialize in a particular area such as: obstetrics/gynecology, plastics, neuro, orthopedics, or cardiothoracic surgeries, just to name a few. With over six years working as a surg tech, I know first-hand that surgical technology offers an exciting and rewarding career to those who choose this profession. If you are looking to change your career path, surgical technology would be a fulfilling choice as it puts you in the operating room and allows you to make a difference in patients’ lives,” said Stephanie Pierce, SWGTC Surgical Technology faculty member.

A surgical technologist’s primary role is to maintain a seamless flow in the operating room. They are responsible for preparing the operating room before surgery, assisting the doctors throughout the surgery, taking care of the patient immediately after the operation, and preparing/restocking the operating room for the next surgery. SWGTC offers both a degree (three semesters) and diploma (two semesters) in surgical technology. Courses in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, and other health science curriculum are required as program prerequisites. During the program, students work in supervised clinical settings to gain hands-on skills. They are trained in the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, and preventing and controlling infections. These skills, along with the proper knowledge and attitude, are required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

SWGTC’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Surgical Technology. Upon graduation,students take the certification exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Beginning in late Spring, SWGTC will kick off renovations to the Hand Building (Building C), home of the Surg Tech department. This construction will transform an old nursing lab into two endoscopy labs fitted with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. These new labs will give surg tech students the opportunity to observe live surgeries, and will better prepare them for situations in the operating room.

For more information about the Surgical Technology program, contact Stephanie Pierce at 229-225-5205 or email

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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