Course Index

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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:

    SUR 104

SUR 182 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS PRACTICUM II

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104, SUR 132, SUR 236, SUR 152, SUR 163

SUR 173 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION & EQUIPMENT II

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104, SUR 132, SUR 236, SUR 152, SUR 163

SUR 163 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTATION & EQUIPMENT I

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104

SUR 152 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS PRACTICUM I

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104

SUR 132 CONCEPTS OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104

SUR 104 INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

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.

SUR 269 CORRELATED PATIENT STUDY II

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 266 CORRELATED PATIENT STUDY I

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

SUR 260 MEDICAL ETHICS & LAW

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