College announces new Surgical Technology Program in fall 2020, virtual information sessions in April

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is announcing a new Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, beginning fall 2020. Surgical Technology is a demanding and rewarding program that prepares students to enter the work force in the surgery field, either as a surgical assistant or at Central Sterile Supply (a department within hospitals that houses surgical equipment). Students will experience more than 900 hands-on hours of training and spend time in simulated and real operating rooms.

To assist with the creation of the Surgical Technology program, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne hired Colby Scott Allen as program chair in February 2020. Allen worked three years in the industry as a resource surgical technologist at IU Methodist, and brings with him more than three additional years of higher education teaching experience as a clinical educator at IU Methodist and IU Health University Hospital.

“These skills are in high-demand in northeast Indiana,” says Colby Scott Allen, program chair of the Surgical Technology program. “Several hospitals in the area have pushed for the creation of this program. As a whole, the state of Indiana has a significant deficit that the current programs cannot fill.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is investing significant funds into this program. There will be extensive remodeling for surgical technology labs on its Coliseum Campus, including mock operating room suites complete with monitors, lights, sterilizers, and other real-world equipment.

Surgical Technology is a selective admission program that has prerequisite requirements. All applicants must complete their applications to the program by June 20, 2020.

Interested? Allen will be hosting three virtual information sessions where prospective students can learn about admission to the program, financial aid and more: April 14 at 10 a.m., April 22 at 2 p.m., or April 30 at 6 p.m. Register at

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