DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Wallace Community College has added another health science program, bringing the total of curricula to eight.
The newest one is the surgical technology program where students will learn how to assist a surgeon.
“They will be at an entry-level, and they’ll be able to go into the hospital,” said Jamie Snider, Surgical Technology Program Director. “They’ll be able to scrub, gown, glove. They’ll know sterility. They’ll know a lot of their instruments. As you can see, we work with a lot. They’ll be able to do entry-level surgical procedures with a surgeon.”
In addition to the course work, students are also required to spend six hours a week in one of the two labs.
“I’m really excited how well the students are interacting, and they’re picking up and they’re all eager to learn,” Snider said. “I’m looking forward to these students being successful and getting jobs out there in the career field and graduating our first class.”
Abigail Jones, one of the 11 students in the program, says she knew this is what she wanted to do once she was accepted.
“It’s definitely going to be important because I mean obviously, we’re not going to have the real thing and everything, but we’re going to get as close as we can get with this stuff,” Jones said. “I mean the school has put in so much money and so much work into this program, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have all that stuff.”
The program takes five semesters over 21 months to complete.