Each of the 13 Surgical Tech students passed the national exam in August, a claim only two other programs in all of New York State can make. In 2013 OCC was the only College the entire state in which all of its students passed the national exam.
OCC’s Surgical Technology certificate program takes students 10 months to complete. Students who become surgical technologists function in association with nurses and surgeons to help provide high-quality care of the surgical patient. Students learn how to scrub and assist during operating procedures, how to prepare, maintain, clean and store instruments, and how to become a valuable component of a surgical team that will deliver high-level care to the patient population. OCC’s Surgical Tech program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The program is chaired by MaryPat Annable. She worked in an operating room for 10 years and has taught at OCC for 21 years. “There are significant changes coming to the industry and students who come to OCC will be well-positioned for them,” said Annable. As of January 1, 2015 it is a New York State law that you have to be certified within one year of employment, and you need to be a graduate of an accredited program. Graduates of unaccredited programs who have earned their certificate since January 1, 2014 will not be allowed to practice in New York State.