Courses

The program requires a minimum of 60 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

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

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

First Year - Spring Semester

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

SUR 106

INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY WITH LAB

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This course introduces the student to the practice of surgical technology. Students will become familiar with the basic principles of aseptic technique and surgical conscience as it relates to the best practices and patient outcomes. The preoperative roles of the surgical technologist in the circulator and first scrub role will be thoroughly examined. Preoperative patient diagnostic procedures, principles of sterilization, patient transport, positioning, skin preparation and draping of the surgical patient are included. Surgical and aseptic technique during the preoperative and intraoperative phases of the operative procedure is included in this course. Students will gain knowledge of suture and surgical instrumentation utilized during the intraoperative process and will perform basic general case preparation with understanding of patient disease process, procedural steps, and technique necessary for optimal patient outcomes. Students will research, formulate, and present individual and group projects to enhance learning of the course material. Students will be introduced to the physical principles of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light as they apply to the operation of laser, robotic, and electrical surgical equipment. The laboratory setting will be used to reinforce material taught didactically. Students will be asked to engage in personal reflection and peer review of laboratory skills. Students must successfully complete performance competency in this course. Professional expectations, standards, and behaviors of the perioperative team members will be introduced during this course. The student will be required to complete a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCLS).

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in ST Program.

SUR 260

MEDICAL ETHICS & LAW

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This course provides an overview of the laws and ethics the student should know to help give competent, compassionate care to patients that is also within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries. This course will also give students the tools and guidance to facilitate the resolution of the many legal and ethical questions that they may reasonably expect to face as a student, and later as a healthcare practitioner. Emphasis on professional liability, scope of practice, ethical and personal obligations in relationship to medical mistakes and surgical patient outcomes is included. Students will also utilize a wide variety of real-life experiences and legal cases related to the text material.

  • Credits: 1.0

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

First Year - Summer Semester

SUR 122

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY I WITH LAB

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. Case and room preparation, aseptic technique, counts, suture and procedural steps for a wide variety of cases are introduced in this course. Additional topics include intraoperative considerations and specialty instrumentation, equipment and supplies needed for surgical interventions on specialty patient populations and advanced surgical procedures. Students will complete individual and group presentations to enhance classroom learning. A hospital based lab practicum and observation will be included in this course. The laboratory setting is used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically. Students will participate in active peer review of laboratory performance. Student must successfully complete clinical performance competency in this course.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 106, SCI 226

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 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

Second Year - Fall Semester

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 210

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY II

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This course will expand on the role of the surgical technologist in the scrub role. Case and room preparation, aseptic technique, counts, suture and procedural steps for a wide variety of cases are introduced in this course. Additional topics include intraoperative considerations and specialty instrumentation, equipment and supplies needed for surgical interventions on specialty patient populations and advanced surgical procedures. Students will complete individual and group presentations to enhance classroom learning. A hospital based lab practicum and observation will be included in this course.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 122

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 266

CORRELATED PATIENT STUDY I

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This course will include the study of current trends, professional and interpersonal skills in the healthcare setting, and case review. Concurrent review of clinical rotation and participation in the surgical team will occur during this course. Students will also be introduced to fundamental principles of evidence-based practice. Students will participate in journal review and present articles pertaining to their current clinical practice to classroom peers. Students will also prepare a paper for publication consideration on a relevant clinical topic. All assigned clinical paperwork will be reviewed during this course.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Co requisite: SUR 250

Second Year - Spring Semester

SUR 269

CORRELATED PATIENT STUDY II

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Concurrent review of clinical rotation and participation in the surgical team through case studies and completion of clinical paperwork requirements will occur during this course. The student will develop the reflective practitioner model with direct applications to the experience of the surgical technologist in the workforce. Students will create a power point presentation on a surgical case study following course guidelines, and present study to peers in classroom setting. Students will prepare journal article on surgical case or surgical concept for dissemination and discussion. Students will be introduced to techniques and exercises in preparation for the national CST exam. Written and oral presentations by the students are key elements of this course. All students meeting eligibility requirements will be required to seat the national Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within thirty (30) days of graduation date. Successful completion of exam and proof of graduation allows graduate to use credential Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 270

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 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

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

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS

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Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course.

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0