Course Index

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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

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 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

WMI 423 TOPICS IN INFANT, ADOLESCENT AND WOMEN'S HEALTH

This course provides students the opportunity to become informed, aware citizens understanding human issues related to end-of-life decision making, dying, and experiencing grief and loss. Topics focus on death and grief across the lifespan; the role of death in American culture; understanding individual and family challenges with decision making at the end of life; and the experience of grieving across life stages, cultures, gender, and spiritual difference. Students will gain insight into their own values and beliefs in this area, as well as understanding the needs of terminally ill people, those who need support in their grief and mourning, and persons dealing with challenging life and death decisions regarding self or loved ones.

  • Credits: 3.0