LUFKIN, TX - The Angelina College Health Careers Division continues its expansion to meet the needs of the community, with the first-ever Surgical Technology class convening this past week.
A total of 12 students attended orientation and are enrolled in the class, according to instructor Tonya LaForge.
"This program is a great opportunity for students to further their knowledge, skills, and education, not just in the surgical setting but as a whole," LaForge said. "The focus is always patient safety and providing the best patient care possible. We are very excited about this program and are off to a great start."
According to Kathy Hall, the retired Health Careers Division director who helped initiate the program, surgical technologists are "allied health professionals who are an integral part of the health care team that provides surgical care to patients in a variety of settings."
The surgical technologist assists in delivering patient care before, during and following surgery. The individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
The program's sessions will run from January through December of each year; however, interested students will be able to begin the prerequisite courses - Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology - and attend available information sessions prior to gaining acceptance to the program.