Surgical Technology (Grenada & Ridgeland)
Jessica Elliott (Grenada Center)
Travia Shea Coleman (Ridgeland Campus)
Surgical Technology is an instructional program that prepares an individual to serve as a member of the surgical team to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. This program includes the education of all aspects of surgical technology including the role of second assistant & circulators.
The Surgical Technology Program offers classroom and clinical experiences for the
entry-level surgical technologist which includes courses in aseptic technique, operative
procedures, patient care, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, medical
terminology, medical/legal aspects, technological sciences (computer, electricity
& robotics), and related general education to help the student fulfill his/her role
as an important, knowledgeable member of the surgical team.
The goal of the Surgical Technology Program at Holmes College is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Further, the Surgical Technology Department will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become a contributing member of the healthcare team.
Graduates of the 12-month program will be awarded a Technical Certificate of Surgical Technology. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology will be awarded the successful graduate of the 24-month program. Qualified graduates may apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), to take the Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.
Successful completion of any semester of study must include 75 percent mastery of each subject in order to progress to the next semester. Some courses may require training at local clinical facilities. Graduation requirements include completion of the prescribed clock hours as mandated by the Mississippi Community College Board. The Surgical Technologist Program at Holmes Community College, Grenada, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, (727) 210-2350 upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Surgical Technology Admission Policy
The Holmes Community College surgical technology program accepts one class each year in the fall semester on a competitive, selective basis.
The applicant must meet the same general admission requirements as those required for all applicants to Holmes Community College. Prior to actually applying for the Surgical Technology program, a student must meet the following admission requirements:
- Submit a completed application for admission to Holmes Community College.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have official verification of a minimum ACT score of 12 if taken before October 28, 1989, or 16 if taken after October 28, 1989, on file with the Office of Admissions & Records at Holmes Community College.
Once the student meets the above requirements, he/she should follow the instructions on the web for accessing and completing the Surgical Technology application. Requirements for applying to the Surgical Technology program that must be met by the posted deadline are the following:
- Complete the Surgical Technology application
- Provide official documentation of a high school diploma or a GED certificate to the Holmes Office of Admissions & Records.
- Provide official transcripts from all schools and/or colleges attended to the Holmes Office of Admissions & Records. Please note that although college credit is not required for application to the program, applicants with any college credit must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be considered for the program.
When the deadline for Surgical Technology applications closes, an admissions committee will review test scores and records for all eligible applicants and screen the applicants utilizing a standardized evaluation form.
After notification of acceptance, the student will be required to provide documentation of the following prior to the start of the program:
- passage of physical examination per Health Examination Report (form to be provided by instructor)*
- current certification of CPR Healthcare Provider C*
- passage of a healthcare criminal background check*
- passage of drug screening*
- current and complete immunization record*
*Students will be responsible for fees or costs associated with these requirements. Information concerning these requirements will be provided after class selection and/or during the mandatory orientation session.
Contact the Career Technical Office at Grenada 662-227-2350 with any questions. Applications are available online on February 1 for the class that begins in August.
The Surgical Technology Department provides surgical technologists to meet the needs of hospitals and other health facilities in the nine-county district of Holmes Community College as well as surrounding counties. The program provides education in the applied roles of all aspects of surgical technology so graduates are prepared to serve as a member of the surgical team to assist in delivering patient care and to assume appropriate responsibilities before, during and after surgery.