Course Index

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SSC 370 PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH

This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

SSC 465 CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN

This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community.  Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

  • Credits: 3.0

SUR 102 AP: INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

This course introduces the student to the broad field of surgical technology. General information including the historical development of surgery, functions of hospitals and accrediting agencies will be addressed. Students will become familiar with basic principles of aseptic technique and surgical conscience as it relates to best practices and patient outcomes. Fundamental patient care skills including patient transport and positioning are taught and assessed in the laboratory.  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: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in ST Program.

SUR 106 INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY WITH LAB

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 122 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY I WITH LAB

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 277 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Surgical Technology Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Surgical Technology Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

SUR 200 PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST

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

SUR 205 MICROBIOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST

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

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

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