Exciting opportunities are happening this spring for Parkland College Surgical Technology students!
The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is flying a recruitment team in later this month to pay a visit to our students, just one of several companies that have contacted us this month for access. Others include UnityPoint Health Group, which owns nine hospitals including Methodist, Proctor, Pekin, and others throughout Illinois and Iowa. Next week, our students will meet with Vantage Outsourcing, which outsources eye surgical equipment and techs from its base in Effingham and 10 satellite locations across the country.
It’s no surprise that top clinics and medical suppliers are seeking out Parkland College Surgical Technology graduates to fill their in-demand jobs. Our program is among the top in the nation for graduate success rates on the National Certifying Board exam. For four years running, Parkland has achieved a 100 percent pass rate, while the national pass rate for this exam is around 70 percent!
Graduates passing the national exam to become a certified surgical technologist (CST) demonstrate an understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. These companies want highly skilled surgical technologists, and they know they can get them from Parkland College. Mayo Clinic already has one of our grads on its transplant team.
The surgical technologist serves as an integral part of the surgical team, standing next to and across from the surgeon during all surgical procedures. He or she is either
- handling the instrumentation and the medications for the patient
- helping handle tissue, or
- troubleshooting anything that may arise.
We are credentialed professionals and vital surgical team members.
Guess what? This career field can offer a great job for you, too! In fact, Parkland’s Surgical Technology Program has a 100 % job placement rate. A lot of jobs are out there for these skills, both locally and nationally.
If you would like to learn more about a career as a surgical technologist, just let me know!
Carolyn Ragsdale, Program Director and Faculty
Surgical Technology at Parkland College