Course Index

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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:

    SCI 200, SUR 104, SUR 132, SUR 152, SUR 163, SUR 173, SUR 182, SUR 200, SUR 236, SUR 256

    Corequisite: SUR 276, SUR 205, SUR 264

SUR 236 SURGICAL PROCEDURES I

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
  • Prerequisites:

    SUR 104, SUR 132

SUR 219 MEDICAL ETHICS & LAW FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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
  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in the ST program

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 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