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Cari Gallagher – Director of Surgical Technology – Difference Maker



Jun 30, 2015

Difference Maker Cari Gallagher is the director of surgical technology at American National University’s Akron Area Campus. She has 10 years of operating room experience under her belt and understands what it is like to go back to school for further education, having graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management in 2011.

“After working as a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 10 years, I decided that I needed a career change and ANU opened a door for me to do just that. I was a preceptor for American National University students while working as a CST and was amazed at how knowledgeable they were. After investigating the program, I was impressed to learn of the clinical aspect [of the American National University surgical technology program] and how [students] have to complete and pass a clinical readiness exam before they can enter into their externship.”

“The greatest feeling is knowing that our combined efforts and dedication throughout the program have prepared [our graduates] to excel at their profession as a surgical technologist.”

“The students here are very dedicated in their studies. They are very determined and adaptive when they enter the lab and, in turn, show enthusiasm and humility when entering their externship.”

“After I had received the confirmation email announcing that all of my graduates from [the second fall term] had passed their CST exam, I screamed so loud the entire campus heard me, and I immediately got on the phone to inform them. The greatest feeling is knowing that our combined efforts and dedication throughout the program have prepared [our graduates] to excel at their profession as a surgical technologist.”

 

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