Surgical Technologists

Program Description:

Surgical technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure and work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. The major combines classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical experience to ensure that each graduate meets entry-level competencies as a Surgical Technologist. The instructional Surgical Technologist content, which is 1185 hours of classroom and clinical instruction, is based on an occupational analysis of the Surgical Technologist field, and is adjusted to reflect local employment. Local employment needs as determined by the instructor, administrators, and advisory committee are also considered. Upon successful completion of Surgical Technologist, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Surgical Technologist Examination. Surgical Technologist closely follows the guidelines of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) and the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This class only accepts 16 students.

Instructor Bios:

Ann Tahah:
AnnAnn Tahah is a knowledgeable teacher having 30 years’ experience in medical profession.  Her expertise of the operating room has allowed her to serve as the Surgical Technology Program Director for the last 20 years. She has made significant contributions toward developing an innovative, unique, or novel surgical technology program that has been recognized by the Association of Surgical Technologists as one of the “PAE Elite Twenty” Programs in the nation. She was selected as the “2006 Oklahoma Health Occupation Teacher of the Year” and the “2006-2007 Region IV Health Occupation Teacher of the Year”. Students like her class because of the opportunity to learn hands-on skills that have real world application.

Contact Information:
Ann Tahah
Office Phone: 580-250-5574

Clayton Putney:
Clayton Putney graduated from the GPTC Surgical Technology program in 2006.  He has been employed as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) since then.  He worked seven years as a traveling Surgical Tech in Taos, New Mexico where he also developed and taught Surgical Tech training program for Holy Cross Hospital.  He has also earned his CSFA certification.  His passion is teaching Surgical Technology as a career.  In 2017 he moved back to Lawton to be closer to family and was employed by Great Plains.

Contact Information:
Clayton Putney
Office Phone: 580-250-5681

Great Plains Technology Center
Surgical Technology Program
2015 Annual Report

Outcomes Assessment Exam elected for 2015 reporting year: CST

# of Students
Graduated [CST Exam-eligible]

# of Students Who Took CST Exam

# of Students Who Passed CST Exam

% of Students Who Passed CST Exam




91 %