Bobbie Perry - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

Columbus State is preparing so many of the Surgical Technicians in the central Ohio area that program coordinator Dennis Murphy once went in for knee surgery and found himself in great hands—he was surrounded by a full crew of his former students.

"I love being in the operating room. The only thing was, I wanted to do more."

Bobbie Perry joined the Surgical Technology program after many years as a stay-at-home mom. Though she entered Columbus State thinking she was interested in Accounting, she soon realized that she belonged in the medical field. She quickly discovered that she loved being in the operating room, and after completing her degree she spent the next eight years as a surgical technician.

"I love being in the operating room. The only thing was, I wanted to do more," Perry says.

She went back to school to become a surgical first assistant. Though she was able to do her coursework online, she still needed to complete 150 hours of clinicals. So she spent her days working as a surgical technician and then spent her free time back in the operating room assisting more surgeries.

Now a surgical first assistant with Columbus-based plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson, Perry says, "I can do anything the surgeon can do, with his oversight."

She recognizes Columbus State as an important part of her professional journey. "I absolutely love what I do, so every day is a great day. I couldn't do what I'm doing now if not for Columbus State."

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State