Mohave Community College is pleased to announce that for the third year
in a row, 100% of the graduates from the Surgical Technology program passed the national
board exam on the first attempt.
"This is a great accomplishment and we’re very proud of the students, our program director
and her team," said MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein. "The national board exams are not
easy, so to have every student pass on the first attempt speaks volumes about the quality of
education you get at MCC."
The Surgical Technology program at Mohave Community College graduated seven students in
2019, and those graduates are now beginning their careers at hospitals and surgery centers
A surgical technologist is a key member of the surgery team and ensures the operating room
sterile field is prepared, assists with patient positioning and prepares the operation site.
Technologists also assist surgeons with medical equipment during surgery.
“We’ve worked really hard to create an environment for the students that mimics the
operating room so that when they get to their clinical sites they’re well trained and they’re well
prepared for what they are going to be dealing with in the operating room,” said Michelle Diaz,
Director of Surgical Technology.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, students graduating from the MCC program are
entering a career field in which they can earn up to $72,810 annually. Students can also finish
the program debt free by receiving Pell Grants, scholarships and other forms of college financial
The program is based at the MCC – Lake Havasu City campus, and draws students from as far
away as Prescott and Yuma. For the first two semesters students are required to be in class two
days a week. In the summer students will have an online class and two weeks of observation at
their clinical sites. During the last two semesters the students will be at clinical sites for four
days a week, almost always based in the city where they live.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Programs in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical
Technology. The program provides the knowledge necessary to take the national certification
examination for surgical technology.
MCC Surgical Technology students Samantha Engels (left) and Yolanda Penry (right) using high
tech equipment in the operating room classroom at MCC. Both graduated from the college and
are currently enjoying careers as surgical technologists.