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Surgical Technology Fall Courses

AHS 100 - Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals - 42 Hours

Course Description: A study of prefixes, roots, and suffixes is undertaken as an approach to understanding medical vocabulary. Medical specialties, operative terms, and medical record words are included. Also included is medical terminology that applies to body systems. Pronunciation and spelling is also emphasized.

AHS 200 - Anatomy & Physiology I: Body Structures - 54 Hours

Course Description: This course focuses on the study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the cells and tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, and the special senses.

SUR 101 - Introduction to Surgical Technology and the Surgical Environment - 72 Hours

Course Description: This course prepares students to apply knowledge of their professional responsibilities, relationships, and demonstrate effective communication skills of a surgical technologist. Emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining a safe operating environment. This course also prepares students to apply knowledge of surgical complications, the use of lasers in surgery, robotics, electrical safety, recognizing members of the surgical team and their roles, classifying hospital departments and their relationship to surgical services, relating awareness of aseptic principles to the surgical technologist's role in the care of the surgical patients, identifying the legal, ethical, and moral issues in the surgical environment, interpreting the legal responsibilities of the surgical technologist and other surgical team members, distinguishing and assessing the physical, spiritual, cultural, and psychological needs of a patient, comparing and contrasting the surgical care considerations for pediatric patients and patients who are obese, diabetic, pregnant, immuno-compromised, disabled, geriatric, or experiencing trauma, recognizing the hazards to the patient and staff in the operating room, discussing information management and HIPAA, preparing all-hazards and biomedical sciences, and recognizing computer systems and components.

SUR 102 - Perioperative Patient Care and Aseptic Technique - 86 Hours

Course Description: This course provides theoretical knowledge for the application of essential operative skills during the perioperative phase. This course prepares students to apply knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, sterilization, and disinfecting. Emphasis is placed on operating room sanitation, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and instrument identification. The student will be able to define and analyze the application of surgical conscious; Identify the principles and procedures related to the disinfection and sterilization process; Demonstrate competency related to the practice of sterile technique; Demonstrate competency in the procedures relating to wrapping and packaging of surgical instruments and supplies; Demonstrate the performance of the surgical hand scrub, self-gowning and gloving, gowning and gloving of team members, and proper gown/glove removal; Demonstrate the competency of opening sterile supplies; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner. This course prepares students to apply knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, sterilization, and disinfecting. Emphasis is placed on operating room sanitation, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and instrument identification.

SUR 103 - Perioperative Patient Care and Aseptic Technique Lab - 169 Hours

Course Description: This course provides theoretical knowledge for the application of essential operative skills during the perioperative phase. Topics include surgical asepsis, sterilization/disinfection, and perioperative patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles and practices of aseptic technique, sterile attire, basic case preparation, and other skills. This course prepares students to apply knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, sterilization, and disinfecting. Emphasis is placed on operating room sanitation, scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, and instrumentation. The theory component of the course is graded based on a letter grade. For the lab component of courses, students will be marked off on successful completion of skills on skills check-off sheets. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule additional practice time with an instructor if the skill(s) is (are) not mastered during lab hours. The skills lab component is graded based on a lab practical exam, and lab reports at the end of each applicable course. The lab score is then averaged in with the final course grade for the class.

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Surgical Technology Winter Courses

AHS 300 - Anatomy & Physiology II - 52 Hours

Course Description: This course focuses on the study of the structure, function, and dysfunction of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, urinary, endocrine, and male and female reproductive systems.

SUR 200 - Microbiology - 46 Hours

Course Description: This course prepares students to apply knowledge of micro-organisms, viruses, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS as related to the surgical technologist’s role in patient care. Emphasis is placed on the causes and the prevention of human diseases. Identify terms related to microbiology with their correct definitions; Define the causes, and prevention of human disease; Identify and select factors influencing the occurrence of infection; Describe means of controlling the transmission of infections; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner.

SUR 201 - Surgcial Procedures I - 69 Hours

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties: general surgery, gastrointestinal, obstetrical/gynecology, and urology. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical and clinical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment.

This course prepares students to apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the surgical instrumentation used during general, laparoscopic, obstetric, gynecological, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal surgical procedures. Define general terminology and abbreviations associated with specific surgical procedures; Discuss the relationship between instrumentation, equipment, and supplies and quality patient care in the operating room; Demonstrate techniques of opening and preparing supplies and instruments needed for any operative procedure with the maintenance of sterile technique at all times; Demonstrate the proper technique for preparing supplies and instruments on a sterile field; demonstrate and explain the procedure for counting instruments, sponges, needles, and other items on the sterile field; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner.

SUR 202 - Surgical Procedures I Lab - 169 Hours

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties: general surgery, gastrointestinal, obstetrical/gynecology, and urology. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical and clinical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. The theory component of the course is graded based on a letter grade. For the lab component of courses, students will be marked off on successful completion of skills on skills check-off sheets. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule additional practice time with an instructor if the skill(s) is (are) not mastered during lab hours. The skills lab component is graded based on a lab practical exam, and lab reports at the end of each applicable course. The lab score is then averaged in with the final course grade for the class.

SUR 202 - Clinical - 172.5 Hours

Course Description: This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills learned in SUR 201. Emphasis is placed on the scrub and circulating roles of the Surgical Technologist including aseptic technique and basic case preparation for select surgical procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare, assist with, and dismantle surgical cases in both the scrub and circulating roles.

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Surgical Technology Spring Courses

SUR 300 Pharmacology - 37 Hours

Course Description: This course introduces the student to the most common categories of medication used in the operating room. The student gains an understanding of medications used in the surgical setting, on the surgical field, anesthetic agents and their complications. Demonstrate cricoid pressure; Identify the different categories of medications; List and describe the six rights of medication administration; Understand the Surgical Technologist’s role and responsibilities in intra-operative medication administration; Understand the Surgical Technologist’s role in management of anesthetic complications; Understand the Surgical Technologist’s responsibility with the anesthetized patient; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner.

SUR 301 Surgical Procedures II - 105 Hours

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties: ENT, maxillofacial, and plastic/reconstructive ophthalmology and Neurology. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical and clinical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. This course is designed to introduce students to the generally required surgical techniques involved in ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial, plastic, and reconstructive surgeries. Describe the anatomy, pathology, and related terminology of each system or organ that prompts surgical intervention; Describe diagnostic procedures required for surgical intervention for each surgical specialty; Identify the names and uses of special equipment required for each surgical specialty; Identify surgical instrumentation pertaining to specific surgical cases; Demonstrate a surgical procedure for each specialty; Identify any specific variations related to the preoperative and intra-operative care of various surgical patients; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner.

SUR 302 - Clinical - 240 Hours

Course Description: This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills learned in SUR 201. Emphasis is placed on the scrub and circulating roles of the Surgical Technologist including aseptic technique and basic case preparation for select surgical procedures.

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Surgical Technology Summer Courses

SUR 400 Professional Success Development - 18 Hours

Course Description: This course covers theoretical knowledge required for extension of the surgical technologist role. Emphasis is placed on advanced practice in complex surgical specialties, educational methodologies, and managerial skills. Upon completion, students should be able to assume leadership and educator roles in a specific specialty. This course also provides job-seeking skills and an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for certification. Topics include test taking strategies, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques.

SUR 401 CST Review - 44 Hours

Course Description: This course provides an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for certification. Topics include test taking strategies, and practice tests for the certification exam. Upon completion, students should be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for certification.

SUR 402 Surgical Specialties III - 88 Hours

Course Description: The course provides a comprehensive study of intermediate and advanced surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the third clinical rotation; orthopedics, peripheral-vascular, thoracic, cardiothoracic, pediatric, and trauma. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to correlate, integrate, and apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the clinical Operative environment.

This course is designed to introduce students to the generally required surgical techniques involved in orthopaedic, cardiothoracic, peripheral vascular surgeries, Trauma, and Pediatrics. Describe the pathology and related terminology of each system or organ that prompts surgical intervention; Identify the names and uses of special equipment required for these various surgical procedures; Demonstrate the purpose and expected outcomes of these various procedures; Identify any specific variations related to the preoperative, intra-operative and post-operative care of various surgical patients; and Work cooperatively with others in a professional manner.

SUR 403 - Clinical - 248 Hours

Course Description: The course provides a comprehensive study of intermediate and advanced surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the third clinical rotation; orthopedics, peripheral-vascular, thoracic, cardiothoracic, pediatric, and trauma. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment.

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