Surgical Technology (1545 required 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.
This course provides the student with the necessary skills to interpret and define medical terminology, 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 using the medical term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Microbiology and the effect microorganisms have on everyday life, health, and the care of patients in the healthcare setting. Understanding microorganisms, their requirements for growth, potential for causing disease, and methods used to control infection is essential knowledge necessary to help contain the spread of infectious agents in the healthcare field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The student has, 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 demonstrate 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.
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.
Job Seeking Skills explores how to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. During this course, you will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.
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Students in this course will receive assistance with essential reading, math, or computer skills to supplement their program study.
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.