Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Surgical Technology program launched in fall 2020, since then the first cohort of students graduated with a 100% pass rate on their national certification exam and all students received job offers before graduating. Students from this program graduated with a Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, which allowed them to work either as a surgical technologist or in Central Sterile Supply (a department within hospitals that houses surgical equipment).
“Surgical technology interested me because I love anatomy,” said Jael Jones, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Surgical Technology alumna. “As a surgical technologist, I get to take part in actual surgeries. You realize how delicate the human body is and get to help fix it. Ivy Tech was great because it allowed me to become a surgical technologist in a quality program that was more affordable than other colleges.”
Knowing there was local industry need for surgical technologists, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invested significant funds into the program. The College spent approximately $500,000 to create realistic surgical technology labs on its Coliseum Campus, including mock operating room suites complete with monitors, lights, sterilizers, and other real-world equipment.
“I’m incredibly proud of the first cohort of the Surgical Technology program and of everything we’ve accomplished in the first two years,” said Colby Scott Allen, program chair of Surgical Technology. “We accepted five students in the first cohort, are currently limiting the program to 14 spots, but eventually I’d like to expand to 20 students per semester. My end goal is to see the profession grow, and there’s room for growth. I personally know of more than 100 open jobs for surgical technicians between Fort Wayne and Indianapolis in three health systems.”