BTEC 1030 Operating Systems and Email Applications30 Hours

Operating Systems and Email Applications explores essential skills needed to successfully use a computer in school and at work. Throughout this course, you will study how to maneuver within the Windows environment through hands-on activities; including, launching programs, working with windows and the taskbar to enable multitasking, customizing the desktop, and managing files. You will also use both a USB drive and the cloud for file storage. Finally, you will examine how to use the Internet to efficiently search for information on the Web and send and receive email.

Course Objectives

  • Practice occupational safety when working on computers.
  • Customize a computer work environment under the Windows 10 Operating System.
  • Operate a computer using basic operating system functions.
  • Multitask effectively using the taskbar and program windows.
  • Use common features found in drop-down menus, on toolbars and ribbons, and on scroll bars.
  • Demonstrate understanding of computer file structures by creating new folders and subfolders to organize files.
  • Find files and folders with Windows Search and Windows Explorer.
  • Define the Internet and describe how a computer connects to it.
  • Navigate the web by using a browser’s address bar, hyperlinks, favorites, the history panel, and search engines.
  • Identify when you are browsing with a secure connection.
  • Send, receive, and reply to email message.
  • Attach files to and open attachments from email messages.
  • Describe common ways to safeguard against Internet security threats.
  • Use email contacts to send messages to multiple addressees and create groups.
BTEC 1031 Word Processing Fundamentals30 Hours

In this course, students will create, format, and save documents. They will also be introduced to the Help feature, the spelling and grammar checker, the format painter, styles, and how to copy and move text in order to produce and enhance business documents.

Course Objectives

  • Navigate in a document using the mouse, the scroll bars, and the navigation pane
  • Open, close, and save a document
  • Select, copy, move, and edit text
  • Customize documents using character, paragraph, and section formatting
  • Use and customize the Ribbon, the Quick Access toolbar, and the Mini toolbar
  • Use the proofreading tools, including the Spelling and Grammar check and Find and Replace
BTEC 1032 Spreadsheet Fundamentals30 Hours

In this course students will be introduced to essential skills needed to successfully use a computer in school and at work. Students will be introduced to the essential spreadsheet features needed to create worksheets by entering and editing data. The will also learn to format worksheets and will explore the use of formulas, functions, and charts.

Course Objectives

  • Create, edit, save, and print workbooks.
  • Format worksheets using a variety of methods.
  • Insert, delete, hide, unhide, and format cells, columns, and rows.
  • Insert, delete, move, copy, and rename worksheets.
  • Use a variety of techniques to select, move, and copy cells and ranges.
  • Create, modify, and copy formulas utilizing proper syntax, order of operations, and cell references.
  • Work with a variety of statistical and date functions.
  • Create, modify, format, and print a number of different chart types.
BTEC 1510 Business English90 Hours

Business English emphasizes essentials of business English. Throughout this course, you will study writing, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and proofreading.

Course Objectives

  • Practice common business writing styles
  • Utilize correct grammar rules
  • Use correct punctuation
  • Identify common writing errors
MATH 1000 Math I60 Hours

Students apply the correct mathematical operation to solve practical problems. Students use whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to solve practical problems. Students are introduced to the basics of measurement, geometry, averages, probability, patterns and simple equations.

Course Objectives

  • Use number sense to compare, round, order and apply number patterns
  • Use whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to solve practical problems
  • Calculate measurements of time, mass/weight, length
  • Apply simple probability to problems
  • Interpret graphs and charts
  • Solve problems using basic geometry
  • Solve simple equations
EHIT 1120 Medical Terminology90 Hours

This course provides the student with the necessary skills to interpret and define medical terminology, in order to be successful in the pursuit of health occupation careers. This is accomplished by utilizing a method of study that not only instructs the students in building medical terms but also gives the student immediate application in utilizing the medical term.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize common abbreviations used in each body system and specialty area.
  • Build, analyze, and define medical terms using word parts
  • Describe:
    • The origin of medical terms.
    • Organizational components of the body, directional terms, anatomic planes, regions, and quadrants.
  • Identify:
    • The major body system structures and their related word parts.
    • Plural endings for medical terms
  • Define:
    • Medical terms related to diseases and disorders.
    • Diagnostic terms for each body system.
    • Surgical terms related to each body system.
    • Medical terms commonly used in obstetrics and neonatology.
    • Medical terms used in oncology.
    • The four word parts and the combining vowel
EHIT 1130 Medical Law and Ethics60 Hours

Medical law and Ethics provides exposure to the legal and ethical issues that affect the healthcare setting, including guidelines, requirements, risk management, and application of HIPPA regulations.

Course Objectives

  • Describe:
    • Describe ethical considerations for healthcare professionals in issues of genetic testing and stem cell research.
    • Describe ethical questions related to death and dying.
    • The ethical basis of informed consent.
    • DOPL’s mission statement.
    • Specific types of intentional torts.
    • Child, spousal, elder and sexual abuse and possible signs of abuse.
    • Conflict management and conflict resolution.
    • Types of healthcare providers and professionals.
    • Types of practice structures.
    • Different types of health insurance plans and related patient costs.
  • Identify:
    • Professional qualities necessary for healthcare employment.
    • Elements of informed consent.
    • Responsible parties for obtaining informed consent and the issues related to delegation of the responsibility.
    • Issues of ownership related to medical records.
    • Ways to improve record documentation in the practice setting.
    • Actions that are recognized as medical malpractice.
    • Examples of ethical and illegal actions that would warrant disciplinary actions.
    • The state and federal agencies that oversee matters that require disciplinary action.
    • The communicable and sexually transmitted diseases that must be reported.
    • And appreciate cultural differences.
  • Define:
    • The term bioethics.
    • The key points of HIPAA related to health care.
    • DOPL’s role and its two primary functions.
    • Negligence and explain the four elements necessary to establish negligence.
    • Various advance medical directives, including the difference between and advance directive, living will, durable power of attorney, a healthcare proxy, and DNR order.
    • Death and describe the criteria for determination of death set forth in the UDDA.
  • Explain:
    • The different types of law in the United States.
    • The functions of an advance directive, a living will and DNR form.
    • Standard of Care in medicine.
    • Workplace standards and expectations.
    • The key U.S. laws affecting healthcare professional.
    • The concept of “respondent superior” and its role in malpractice cases.
    • Professional liability.
  • Demonstrate:
    • An understanding of the various levels of the U.S. court system.
    • The verification of a medical license(s).
    • The verification processes of Medical Practice Act and Rules.
    • Discuss:
    • The risks involved of inaccurate documentation.
    • Privacy ad HIPAA regulations as they pertain to medical records.
    • The employer’s liability policy exclusions and their effect on individual employer liability.
  • Relate specific ethical theories to healthcare situations.
  • Examine the importance of ethics in healthcare.
  • Examine the specific forms for applied codes of ethics used in the medical field.
  • Acknowledge the Workforce Confidentiality Agreement and Notice of Privacy Practice Policies.
EHIT 1250 Therapeutic Communications for Health Professionals30 Hours

This course will provide the student with the basic principles of psychology required in a healthcare environment including the identification of developmental stages of the life cycle, hereditary, cultural and environmental influences on behavior, and mental health issues.

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between the ideal self, the public self, and the real self
  • Identify and explain keys to successful communication
  • Analyze the five Cs of communication and describe their communication effectiveness
  • Describe Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and its relationship to time focus
  • Compare and contrast the culture and religious backgrounds of various cultures
  • Describe the following:
    • Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
    • Sigmund Freud’s psychosocial forces—the id, the ego, and the superego
    • Lawrence Kohlberg’s moral development theory
    • Erik Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial crises and appropriate therapeutic responses
  • Describe stress theories as presented by the following:
    • Claude Bernard
    • Walter B. Cannon
    • Hans Selye
  • Differentiate between curative care and palliative care
  • Compare and contrast:
    • The behaviors of a fearful vs angry or aggressive patient
    • Substance dependence vs substance abuse
    • Acute illness vs chronic illness and life-altering illness
  • Compare and contrast:
    • How men and women express grief
    • Life-threatening vs terminal illness
WKSK 1400 Workplace Success60 Hours

Workplace Success is designed to help students develop essential work habits and attitudes as well as human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. Topics include common challenges faced in the workplace, such as presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, navigating office politics successfully, and planning and managing your career.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and set and accomplish personal and career goals
  • Manage time, stress, organization and finances
  • Explain conflict resolution, negotiation, and communication in the workplace
  • Display a strong work ethic and illustrate accountability
  • Perform work within a group effectively and discuss the value of negotiation and compromise
  • Describe the basics of public speaking and presenting a professional demeanor
  • Implement career goals and take active control of professional life
WKSK 1500 Job Seeking Skills30 Hours

Workplace Success is designed to help students develop essential work habits and attitudes as well as human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. Topics include common challenges faced in the workplace, such as presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, navigating office politics successfully, and planning and managing your career.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and set and accomplish personal and career goals
  • Manage time, stress, organization and finances
  • Explain conflict resolution, negotiation, and communication in the workplace
  • Display a strong work ethic and illustrate accountability
  • Perform work within a group effectively and discuss the value of negotiation and compromise
  • Describe the basics of public speaking and presenting a professional demeanor
  • Implement career goals and take active control of professional life
STEC 0000 Surgical Technology Orientation0 Hours
STEC 1011 Anatomy and Physiology for Surgical Technologists135 Hours

Anatomy and Physiology for Surgical Technologists will introduce the basic structure and function of the human body. During this course, you will examine organs and organ systems. You also will be introduced to the pathophysiological changes that can disrupt normal homeostasis. These concepts are crucial to the understanding of the necessity and processes of medical and surgical intervention and the effect this intervention has on the body.

  • As part of this course, students will:   
    • Recognize the anatomy and physiology of all body systems.
    • Discuss the typical effects of aging on all body systems.
    • Identify common pathology/diseases.
    • Recognize diagnostic/treatment modalities.
STEC 1022 Introduction to Microbiology45 Hours

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of Microbiology and the effect microorganisms have on both their everyday lives and health and particularly the health of patients in a health care setting. You will develop a basic understanding of microorganisms, their requirements for growth, the potential for causing disease, and how infectious diseases are controlled. After completing this course, you will possess the knowledge necessary to help control the spread of infectious agents in the health care field.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical background of microbiology and be able to identify basic equipment used to identify microorganisms.
  • Describe basic cell structure and metabolism of microorganisms.
  • Compare and contrast the structure and characteristics of different microorganisms.
  • Categorize microbial agents according to classification.
  • Discuss the microbial/host relationship.
  • Discuss factors that enable pathogens to invade a host and cause a disease.
  • Discuss the general mechanisms that protect the human body from harmful foreign substances.
  • Analyze the various immune responses that occur in the body as defenses against invasion by pathogens.
  • Describe current methods of microbial control and destruction.
  • Correlate the impact of microbiology in relationship to the practice of sterile technique and infection control in the operative setting.
  • List common infectious diseases of humans and correlate to the route of infection.
  • Relate the infectious process to surgical practice.
STEC 1031 Introduction to Surgical Technology75 Hours

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to the Surgical Technology profession and will develop the fundamental concepts and principles necessary to successfully participate as a member of the surgical team. Emphasis is placed on the team approach to surgical patient care. This course includes 16 hours of on-site participation in a central processing department to apply concepts related to sterilization, instrument identification, and processing.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of healthcare delivery systems, concepts of their operation and management, and the role of the surgical technologist as it relates to the delivery of patient care in the perioperative setting
  • Describe the physical environment of the operating room and define concepts related to environmental hazards and safety issues for both operating room personnel and patients.
  • Discuss concepts basic to infection control as it relates to healthcare providers and demonstrate proper procedures utilized in this area
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors associated with the transmission of blood/airborne pathogens and OSHA standards that protect both the patient and the healthcare worker
  • Describe the different types of disasters and public health emergencies, how these situations affect both the public and healthcare workers, and what plans are set in place to deal with these types of emergency situations
  • Explain the process by which instruments and supplies are decontaminated and prepared for use on surgical patients
STEC 1040 Principles of Surgical Technology60 Hours

Students enrolled in this course will continue to apply previously learned concepts of aseptic technique into the areas of creating and maintaining sterile fields. The introduction of suturing materials and the concepts of wound management, including dressings and drains, continue the student’s journey into the collection of accessory equipment and supplies used during surgery. An exploration of the basic principles of surgical intervention and introduction to the ever-changing area of minimally invasive and ambulatory surgery, together with documented hours of observation in an operating room, will complete this course.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate techniques of opening and preparing supplies and instruments needed for any operative procedure, with the maintenance of asepsis at all times
  • Identify and prepare various surgical supplies
  • Identify suture materials and stapling devices and demonstrate preparation and handling techniques
  • Identify, describe and handle the various surgical needles
  • Identify and describe the techniques used to aid the surgeon in establishing the preoperative diagnosis based on pertinent patient data
  • Describe the opening and closing of a surgical wound
  • Identify and describe how tissues react and are restored to normal function following trauma
  • Discuss the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications for minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Explain the principles related to the safe use of electricity, physics, and robotics in the operating room
  • Describe concepts relevant to ambulatory surgery, advantages to the patient, and the surgical technologist’s role
STEC 1051 Surgical Pharmacology50 Hours

This course covers the Surgical Technologist’s role in the administration of medications and solutions to the surgical patient. Utilizes a basic understanding of mathematics to accurately measure and convert medication dosages and teaches general terminology associated with pharmacology. The Surgical Technologist’s legal and ethical responsibilities associated with these skills are emphasized.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Calculate medication conversions and dosages.
  • Apply general terminology to medication use.
  • Prepare and manage medications and solutions.
  • Use medications in the care of the surgical patient.
  • Analyze the principles of anesthesia administration as well as be able to explain the necessity of each component of anesthesia preparation of the surgical patient.
  • Compare and contrast methods, agents, and techniques of anesthesia administration and preparation.
  • Correlate anesthesia monitoring devices with patient homeostasis.
  • Explain anesthesia complications and interventions.
STEC 1060 Surgical Patient Care30 Hours

This course introduces concepts relevant to caring for patients having surgery. Discussion of patient response to illness and the prospect of undergoing surgical intervention as well as information for specific population groups will assist the surgical technologist in anticipating special needs and equipment that may be necessary during the surgical procedure. Knowledge and skills utilized both for patient preparation for surgery and care during the procedure will be acquired during this course.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Assess the patient’s response to illness and hospitalization
  • Identify the rights of health care consumers to receive quality patient care
  • Assess the physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of a patient
  • Describe preoperative routines
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process used to obtain an informed consent for a surgical procedure or treatment
  • Discuss methods and types of documentation used in the operating room
  • Describe the identification process for surgical patients
  • Discuss, demonstrate, and apply the principles of surgical positioning
  • Prepare the operative site for surgery
STEC 1055 Surgical Technology Lab I80 Hours

The Surgical Technology Lab I component of the program will introduce students to the basic "hands-on" skills that will be performed during the clinical/externship portion of this program. You will practice each skill set until he or she is safe, comfortable, and competent. The skillset will then be signed off by the lab instructor..

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate competency in the following areas:
    • Open gloving
    • Surgical hand scrub
    • Gowning and gloving (self and others)
    • Opening sterile supplies
    • Creating and maintaining of a sterile field
    • Dispensing, handling, and labeling medications and solutions
    • Performing surgical counts
    • Draping the surgical site
    • Basic instrumentation and instrument passing
    • Proper handling and labeling of surgical specimens
    • Moving around a sterile field
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Safety in a sterile surgical setting
    • Skills pass off
STEC 1070 Surgical Procedures I60 Hours

Students enrolled in this course will explore various surgical specialties including; general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obstetric and gynecological surgery, genitourinary surgery, ophthalmic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and ENT surgery. They will review the anatomy and physiology of the body systems involved and learn the pathophysiological processes that require surgical intervention. The steps of the surgical procedures, patient preparation, and instrumentation specific to that particular surgery will be discussed.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the relevant anatomy.
  • Describe the pathology that prompts surgical intervention and the related terminology.
  • Discuss any special preoperative diagnostic procedures/tests.
  • Discuss any special preoperative preparation procedures.
  • Identify the names and uses of special equipment.
  • Identify the names and uses of special instruments, supplies, and drugs.
  • Discuss the intraoperative preparation of the patient.
  • Define and give an overview of the surgical procedure.
  • Discuss the purpose and expected outcomes of the surgery.
  • Discuss the immediate postoperative care and possible complications.
STEC 1075 Surgical Technology Lab II60 Hours

The Surgical Technology Lab II component of the program will task the student with combining the basic skills that were learned in the previous lab component with more advanced skills. Students are now in the final preparation phase for entry into the clinical/externship portion of the program and must become competent and efficient with setting up for and anticipating the flow of activities that occur during a surgical procedure. In order to successfully complete this lab component and be scheduled to begin clinical externship, students are expected to perform all steps of the final lab skill assessment with no errors on two separate occasions.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate competency in the following areas:
  • Preoperative case selection and preparation
  • Specialty surgery case set-up
  • Specialty instrumentation
  • Draping for various surgical specialties
  • Intraoperative practice in various surgical specialties
  • Intraoperative case management
  • Postoperative case management and environmental sanitation
  • Advanced sterile technique exercises
  • Critical thinking scenarios
  • Timed final skills checklist pass off
STEC 1080 Surgical Procedures II60 Hours

Surgical Procedures II offers a more advanced exploration of various surgical specialties, including plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery. This course discusses anatomy and physiology for the related body systems and pathophysiological processes that indicate the need for surgical intervention. This course emphasizes the steps of patient preparation, surgical procedures, and applicable instrumentation, specific to particular surgeries.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the relevant anatomy
  • Describe the pathology that prompts surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Discuss any special preoperative diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Discuss any special preoperative preparation procedures
  • Identify the names and uses of special equipment
  • Identify the names and uses of special instruments, supplies, and drugs
  • Discuss the intraoperative preparation of the patient
  • Define and give an overview of the surgical procedure
  • Discuss the purpose and expected outcomes of the surgery
  • Discuss the immediate postoperative care and possible complications
STEC 2015 Introductory Surgical Practicum200 Hours

Introductory Surgical Practicum orients students to the clinical environment and provides experience with the basic skills required for the profession. Students will practice participating in routine, general and specialty surgical procedures. This course is a co-requisite to Surgical Procedures II and requires a total of 200 clock hours of documented clinical externship.

Course Objectives

Objectives for the practicum are as follows:

  • Demonstrate:
    • Proper scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and draping.
    • Knowledge of basic instrumentation.
    • Surgical team employability skills.
  • Practice:
    • Assistance with patient care.
    • Processing of instruments and supplies.
    • Maintenance of a sterile field.
    • Environmental sanitation.
    • Case preparation.
  • Apply knowledge of surgical anatomy. 
  • Participate as a surgical team member conducting general, OB/GYN, genitourinary, ENT, plastic, and ophthalmic procedures.
STEC 2020 Advanced Surgical Practicum300 Hours

Advanced Surgical Practicum allows students to complete all required Surgical Technology procedures through active participation as a part of the surgical team in the clinical setting. This course requires a minimum of 4 days a week (8-hour days) clinical externship for a total of 300 clock hours.

Course Objectives

Objectives for the practicum are as follows:

  • Perform the role of primary scrub person on specialty surgical procedures.
  • Participate as a surgical team member conducting orthopedic, thoracic, vascular, cardiovascular, and neurosurgery procedures.
  • Demonstrate independent case preparation and implementation of intraoperative skills.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.
STEC 2026 Seminar in Surgical Technology20 Hours

Students have, at this point, acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become employed as an entry-level surgical technologist. However, there is much more to a professional career than just “getting the job.” Professionalism implies that a worker demonstrates characteristics that will enable them to continue to progress and change with the career. This course discusses factors associated with making career decisions that can enhance a surgical technologist’s professional growth and success.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • List and discuss the impact of professional organizations and other materials relevant to the profession of Surgical Technology
  • Describe how to apply for employment and demonstrate the qualities needed for retention of a job
  • Prepare for national certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist
FUND 0030 Program Directed Study30 Hours
Students in this course will receive general assistance with program and course study, test preparation and the development of individual study resources.
FUND 0091 Study Skills30 Hours

Students will learn to use effective study habits and strategies for remembering information found in their textbooks and heard in-class lectures. Students will also learn to use a strategy for reading and taking notes from textbooks, taking notes in class, and learn effective strategies for taking the five types of tests most frequently given by teachers.

Course Objectives

  • Organize an appropriate study place, and learn how to plan and manage study time.
  • Become skilled at remembering information in textbooks and in lectures.
  • Develop a strategy for better reading and note-taking from textbooks.
  • Improve preparation for test-taking.