Kim Gates

Surgical Technology

Featured Instructor Kim Gates, AAS, BSN, MS
Kim Gates

Associate Professor Kim Gates is not only a registered nurse, but earned a Master of Science in Nursing and specialized professional certifications in the field (CNOR – specialty professional nursing certification for patient care before during and after surgery and C.S.T. – certified surgical technologist). That translates to classroom expertise and being able to offer COTC surgical technology students exactly what they need to know to get a job and continue to succeed in their career. Today, in addition to teaching, she continues to work part time in the operating room at Mt. Carmel Hospital, ensuring that she stays current in the field.


Master of Science Nursing Education from Mount Carmel School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University (Athens)

Associate Degree in Nursing from Ohio University (Zanesville)

What is surgical technology? 

This is a great career for those interested in the medical field. It is hands-on in the operating room, passing instruments and helping surgeons during operating procedures. There is continued growth and need for surgical technologists. 

How did you become involved in surgical technology?

I was first a nurse in the ICU, and then transferred to the operating room where I learned to scrub and circulate. 

What do you enjoy most about teaching at COTC?

Seeing former students loving their job. 

How does the college support students in achieving their certificate or degree?

We have a state-of-the-art lab with instrumentation and a mock operating room. We are readily available to help students when they need a little extra help. 

What interests, hobbies or talents do you have outside of the classroom?

I have three dogs. Two of them are therapy dogs that I bring to school and share with students during midterm and finals week. I have a 15-month-old grandson that I adore.