NWTI, Northark partner to offer surgical technology degree

NWTI, Northark partner to offer surgical technology degree

Thu Jul 28, 2022 at 01:26 PM

NWTI signing

Representatives signing the MOU agreement between NWTI and Northark from left to right are NWTI Vice President of Instruction Robin Eason, NWTI President Dr. Jim Rollins, Northark President Dr. Rick Massengale and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Matt Cardin.

Northwest Technical Institutional (NWTI) in Springdale, and North Arkansas College (Northark) in Harrison recently signed an agreement to ensure seamless transfer of credits and prior coursework from NWTI to Northark.

A new policy from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting requires an associate degree in surgical technology. Northark offers an Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology degree.

Under the terms of the agreement, NWTI will provide the career and technical component of the degree and Northark will provide the general studies courses. Students can take online general education courses while dually enrolled at both institutions.

“Our school is built on partnerships, and this is a great one! We are excited about what we now can offer our students!" NWTI President Dr. Jim Rollins said.

“NWTI is doing a great job with their students and we’re beyond excited to leverage the resources of both institutions to help their students obtain their degree and get out into the workforce. It’s not about Northark or NWTI, it’s about these students that have an opportunity to learn without leaving home,” commented Northark President Dr. Rick Massengale.

Healthcare institutions are seeking graduates. Northark’s surgical technology program has experienced a 100% placement rate for the last three years, evidence the demand for these professionals is high.

Enrollment is open now and classes are available to NWTI students immediately. Northark classes begin on August 15, 2022.

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