LSUA is partnering with LSUE to bring the surgical technology degree to central Louisiana

Alexandria, La. – LSUA and LSUE have committed to a collaboration agreement for healthcare professionals to bring a surgical technology degree to central Louisiana.

The Department of Allied Health at Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) conducts an annual survey of health care organizations in central Louisiana to determine the need for allied health workers in the area. The most recent survey showed a growing need for surgical technologists along with a variety of other technical careers in Allied Health. Because there is no local training program for Surgical Technologists, it is difficult for healthcare providers in the area to find individuals with the necessary training to work in many of these professions.

To meet the need for educated healthcare professionals in central Louisiana, LSUA and LSUE will work together to provide the necessary training to LSUA and LSUE students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions not offered on their respective campuses.

LSUA College of Allied Heath Dean Haywood Joiner, Ph.D. said, “We are grateful to our healthcare partners in the region and they recognize the need for surgical technicians to bolster their workforce. Looking ahead to LSUE, we have an opportunity to share the resources of the LSU system to bring this program to the greater Alexandria area. We are grateful to Rapides Regional Medical Center for the renovation of the downtown Buchanan Building to house the surgical technology program.”

Paul Coreil, Ph.D., Chancellor of LSUA, commented, “The walls between campuses in the LSU system have come down. If any of us identify a need in our community, we happily reach out to the entire state to find ways to find a solution. LSUE was a willing partner in bringing surgical technology to central Louisiana. We are grateful for their many years of support to our community.”

Nancee Sorenson, Ph.D., LSU Eunice Chancellor, remarked, “This is another great example of how working together can benefit not just our local areas, but the entire state of Louisiana. We are proud to stand together as one LSU system to improve the lives of our citizens.”

Dottie McDonald, Dean of Health Sciences and Business Technology at LSU Eunice, concluded, “This type of partnership is something that Dean Joiner and I have dreamed of for nearly two decades, and we are so grateful that it has become a reality. We are grateful for healthcare partners who share this forward thinking and seek to serve our community in innovative ways.”

LSUA students interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology through LSUE will begin taking the required courses on the LSUA campus. LSUA students complete the professional/clinical portion of the selected program through LSUE’s on-site Alexandria offerings, made possible through the Healthcare Professions Collaboration Agreement. Graduates earn a degree from LSUE.

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