GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON — It takes a team to make an operating room safe and successful, according to Gwinnett Technical College Surgical Technology Program Director TC Parker. In addition to skilled doctors and nurses, surgical technologists are needed for duties from the preparation of the room and sterile field to the important functions of preparing and managing surgical equipment. Parker, who graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 1996, will now be at the forefront of educating these future healthcare professionals as a member of the national Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Education and Professional Standards Committee.
“I feel this is an extremely important job,” said Parker. “We are in desperate need of qualified, certified and well-trained technologists in the operating rooms across the nation. I will take the challenge of collaborating with other professionals very seriously knowing what is at stake. The health, safety and well-being of surgical patients is at the heart of all our hard work on this committee.”
In this new role, Parker and others from around the country will work on standards of practice policies for the profession as well as the core curriculum for accredited programs like the one at Gwinnett Technical College and others across the nation. Having served on Georgia’s chapter of AST in different positions, Parker said she finds the challenge of being on the national committee very appealing.
“I am very excited to collaborate with several other professionals from all across the country to help with some great challenges coming up for our profession,” said Parker. “I think I can help bring some needed improvements in our educational standards and am ready to work hard.”
Parker, who lives with her husband of 34 years in Grayson, was first introduced to the profession by a friend in the 1990s and said she quickly developed a love of the operating room. Faced with a decision of whether to attend medical school, work for an orthopedic surgeon, or teach at Gwinnett Technical College. Parker started her career at Northside Hospital and eventually moved to Gwinnett Medical Center where she worked as the orthopedic resource tech. After beginning at Gwinnett Technical College as a fulltime adjunct clinical director in 1999, she became the program director in 2002.
The associate degree level program at Gwinnett Technical College consists of courses taught over three semesters, in addition to prerequisite classes. For the past several years the students in the program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam.
Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. 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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July 16, 2015