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October 23, 2007
Gwinnett Tech Surgical Tech Students Rank Among Best in the Nation
Surgical Technology Program Scores in Top 20 on National Exam
Gwinnett Technical College's surgical technology students scored among the best in the nation on the most recent Program Assessment Exam (PAE), ranking Gwinnett Tech's program in the country's top 20 of 435 accredited surgical technology programs.
The PAE exam is administered by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology who has admitted Gwinnett Tech to the Par Elite Twenty Program in honor of the high achievement. This most recent result surpasses Gwinnett Tech's previous status as a top 10 percent program.
"We have always been proud of the fact that the hospitals hiring our students have been so pleased with their level of training and knowledge," says T.C. Parker, surgical technology program director at Gwinnett Tech. "This award is truly icing on the cake for us and substantiates all the hard work we've done here."
Parker credited success on exams to the program's contacts with the local medical industry, which have provided opportunities that would otherwise have been unavailable, such as the use of cadavers and other surgical supplies.
"It's always great to hear comments on how well prepared and educated our students are, and this level of national achievement really underscores our outstanding reputation in our own community," Parker says.
ARCST is a national organization that accredits surgical technology programs. The accreditation process involves a thorough review of the program's resources, including faculty, student/faculty ratio, financial resources, physical resources, learning resources, admissions policies, student records, curriculum and student evaluation methods.
Critical to any operating room, surgical technologists ensure that it is safe and properly equipped for procedures on patients. Gwinnett Tech's Surgical Technology Program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology diploma and may become certified as a surgical technologist by taking the National Surgical Technologists Certification Exam. The program takes about five quarters to complete.
For more information on the Surgical Technology Program or any of Gwinnett Tech's health science programs, call 770.962.7580 or visit online at www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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