Course Index

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SUR 177 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 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.

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