Course Index

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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

WMI 415 REPRODUCTIVE GENETICS

This course explores the discipline of reproductive genetics, which commences in the preconception period. Human reproduction and new reproductive technologies are covered with a focus on the prenatal timeframe. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of this knowledge in prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis, management, and therapy. Students will also be exposed to preconceptional screening options, evaluation of abnormal findings in the newborn, stillbirth and recurrent pregnancy loss, and adult onset hereditary conditions impacting fertility.

  • Credits: 3.0

WMI 345 ADVANCED BREAST IMAGING

This course is designed to explore the multiple topics in the area of breast imaging. The primary focus of this course will be a comprehensive overview of the anatomy and physiology of the breast, multiple imaging modalities focused on breast sonography, as well as benign and malignant conditions involving the breast. 

  • Credits: 3.0

WMI 326 BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS FOR THE WOMEN'S HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

This is a specialized course in the study of grief and bereavement for healthcare professionals focusing specifically on women's health. Students will gain insight to their own personal losses and how this impacts their professional practice. Topics include experiences of grief across the lifespan, cultures, gender and spiritual differences. Students will also learn about how they can support those grieving through verbal, non-verbal communication and creating memories. Students will be able to identify local and national resources they can share with their patients. Finally, students will reflect on self-care strategies to help reduce burn out.

  • Credits: 3.0

Prior college coursework may have transfer ability.

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