Courses

The program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements.

Math competency test administered at registration; completion of  0 credit modules as directed during fall term.

First Year - Fall Semester

COM 101

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking.  Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas.  Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study

SCI 116

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

  • Credits: 1.0

SCI 200

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

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his survey course stresses structure and function of the cell; the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and nervous systems; special senses, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive systems; as well as necessary aspects of medical terminology, chemistry, histology and embryology. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 5.0

SUR 104

INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

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This course introduces the student to the broad field of surgical technology. General information including the historical development of surgery, professional organizations, as well as standards and guidelines for accredited programs set by accrediting agencies will be discussed. The preoperative and intraoperative roles of the surgical technologist in the circulator and first scrub role will be thoroughly examined. Principles of aseptic technique related to the sterile and unsterile areas will be applied. Students will become familiar with the healthcare facility exploring the physical environment of the operating room. Students will get to know the ancillary departments of the healthcare facility as well as becoming familiar with the healthcare facility organization and chain of command. Students will explore concepts of various patient needs due to developmental stages and psychological needs of the patient.  Preoperative patient diagnostic procedures, patient identification procedures, patient chart review and the importance of signed consent as they pertain to surgery will be discussed.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in Surgical Technology Program.

First Year - Spring Semester

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 200

PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST

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A study of medications used in the operating room with an emphasis on the common drugs used in the surgical area is completed in this course. Examination of the administration, actions, interactions, side effects, and terminology of perioperative medications is included. Legal responsibilities of the surgical technologist, common calculations, and safety measures performed in a sterile field to assure patient safety are practiced. Students will actively participate in group presentations enhancing didactic teaching and complete medication cards and two written reports during this course.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Math Concepts- competency, SUR 120

SSC 101/215

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE

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SSC 101: INTRO TO PYSCHOLOGY

This course is designed to merge science with a broad human perspective and to engage both the mind and the heart. It sets forth the principles and processes of psychology and is sensitive to student's needs and interests. It helps students gain insight into the important phenomena in everyday life, to feel a sense of wonder about seemingly ordinary human processes and to see how psychology addresses issues that cross disciplines.

SSC 215 : LIFE-SPAN PSYCHOLOGY

The Life-Span perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 132

CONCEPTS OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES

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In this course students will focus on the study of resection concepts, abdominal incisions, wound healing, classifications and complications of the surgical wound as well as sutures and needles required for surgical procedures. This course will also focus on end of procedure care to include handling of surgical specimens, placement of catheters, drains and surgical dressings.

  • Credits: 1.0

SUR 236

SURGICAL PROCEDURES I

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. The introduction of surgical procedures to include; concepts, techniques, anatomy, procedural sequence, definitions, purpose, etiology, supplies and equipment relating to basic general surgery, gastrointestinal, biliary, rectal, and  gynecological and obstetrical surgery. Case and room preparation, aseptic technique, counts, suture and procedural steps for a wide variety of cases are introduced in this course. This course will include intraoperative considerations for surgical interventions on specialty patient populations and advanced surgical procedures.

  • Credits: 2.0

SUR 152

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS PRACTICUM I

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. In this course students will begin to build a foundation of preoperative and intraoperative surgical case preparation.  Students will become familiar with basic principles of aseptic technique and surgical conscience as it relates to patient outcomes. The preoperative roles of the surgical technologist in the circulator and first scrub role will be thoroughly examined. Laboratory competencies will be administered at the end of the course to evaluate the student's progress. The student must successfully complete the performance competency to advance in the program.

  • Credits: 1.0

SUR 163

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION & EQUIPMENT I

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. In this course students will begin to build a foundation of preoperative and intraoperative surgical case preparation.  Students will become familiar with basic principles of aseptic technique and surgical conscience as it relates to patient outcomes. The preoperative roles of the surgical technologist in the circulator and first scrub role will be thoroughly examined. Laboratory competencies will be administered at the end of the course to evaluate the student's progress. The student must successfully complete the performance competency to advance in the program.

  • Credits: 2.0

First Year - Summer Semester

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 256

SURGICAL PROCEDURES II

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. The introduction of surgical procedures to include; concepts, techniques, anatomy, procedural sequence, definitions, purpose, etiology, supplies and equipment relating to genitourinary, plastics and oral maxillofacial surgery. Case and room preparation, aseptic technique, counts, suture and procedural steps for a wide variety of cases are introduced in this course. This course will include intraoperative considerations for surgical interventions on specialty patient populations and advanced surgical procedures.

  • Credits: 2.0

SUR 173

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION & EQUIPMENT II

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In this course students will continue to reinforce their knowledge pertaining to surgical instrumentation and equipment in the operating room. The students will continue to explore the physical principles of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light as they apply to the operation of laser and electrical surgical equipment as well as an introduction to the principles of robotic use during surgery.

  • Credits: 1.0

SUR 182

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS PRACTICUM II

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In this course students will reinforce the skills that were introduced in Surgical Technology Skills Practicum I including the surgical scrub, back table set-up and organization, surgical counts, patient positioning,  prepping and draping, and intraoperative case management. Main course focus is aseptic technique and critical thinking skills practiced to prepare the student for clinical rotation. Laboratory competencies are designed to prepare the student for their first clinical rotation.  The student must successfully complete performance competency to advance to the clinical portion of the program.

  • Credits: 1.0

SUR 219

MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of medical laws, ethical principles and bioethics for the health care practitioner.  The application of these fundamentals principles will be applied using current medical-legal issues and bioethical dilemmas of today.  The course is designed to improve the student's ability to critical think and make sound decisions that are in alignment with professional ethics and values, integrity and judgment.  The course will include such areas as confidentiality, privacy, consents, responsible practice, professionalism, bioethical dilemmas, and key legal aspects that influence the health care practitioner.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Fall Semester

SUR 276

SURGICAL PROCEDURES III

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. The introduction of surgical procedures to include; concepts, techniques, anatomy, procedural sequence, definitions, purpose, etiology, supplies and equipment relating to ENT, orthopedic, neurosurgery, ophthalmic, cardiothoracic, and peripheral vascular surgery.  Case and room preparation, aseptic technique, counts, suture and procedural steps for a wide variety of cases are introduced in this course. This course will include intraoperative considerations for surgical interventions on specialty patient populations and advanced surgical procedures.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 250

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL I

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This course is designed to apply basic surgical anatomy, instrumentation and procedural steps combined with a consistent method of reinforcement in the clinical site. The students are assigned to a clinical site where they will apply theoretical knowledge while gaining aptitude, skills and proficiency necessary to function in non-complex situations as a surgical technologist.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 122, SCI 103, SCI 226

    Corequisite: SUR 205, SUR 266

SUR 205

MICROBIOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST

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This course introduces the students to the historical background of microbiology, microbial structure and metabolism, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. It includes disease production, transmission of disease-causing organisms, epidemiology, and immune defense mechanism. Principles of sanitation, disinfection, sterilization and wound healing are emphasized. Students learn techniques of standard precautions, specimen collection, preparation of cultures, and microscopic slide preparations with gram stain. An understanding of the medical impact of microorganisms on each body system and the environment is also addressed.

  • Credits: 2.0

SUR 264

SURGICAL CASE STUDIES

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This course will include the study of current trends, professional and interpersonal skills in the health care setting, and case review. Concurrent review of clinical rotation and participation in the surgical team will occur during this course. The student will complete detailed daily case study reviews. All assigned clinical paperwork will be reviewed during this course.

  • Credits: 2.0

Second Year - Spring Semester

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS

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Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections:

  • The World of Ideas: Human Connection
  • The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • The World of Ideas: The Arts

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 280

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR

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This course is designed to give specialized instruction in various areas of surgical technology. Employability skills will be reviewed and applied. The course will also emphasize the elements of professional development including professional organizations, leadership, teamwork, certification and continuing education.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: must be taken in the final semester of the ST Program

SUR 270

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL II

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The surgical technology student will continue to build on the concepts gained in SUR 250 during this course. Surgical anatomy, instrumentation, and procedural steps for each case are reinforced. The student will function as a part of the surgical team in an operating room setting applying theoretical knowledge while gaining the aptitude, skills and proficiency necessary to function in complex situations and cases

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 250 Co-requisite: SUR 269

SUR 287

CST EXAM PREP

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This course is designed to prepare students for the national Surgical Technology certification examination. Content for this course will include test taking tips, study techniques, and strategies for success. Students will breakdown key areas to include Preoperative Case Management, Intraoperative Case Management, Postoperative Case Management, Surgical Specialties and Procedures, Ancillary Functions and Technological Sciences.

  • Credits: 2.0

COM 290

PORTFOLIO SYNTHESIS

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This course is designed to prepare associate degree students for the required portfolio presentation they deliver in their final semester. Students will apply the reflective process to the goals of the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum in online assignments and in an in-person presentation. A complete portfolio, successful completion of the course, and successful presentation are required as the culminating assignment before graduation.

  • Credits: 0.0