Academic Catalog

Surgical Technology AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and Spring quarters

Degree updated as of March 2018, as per the 2017-18 Catalog Addendum.

Prepares students to work as part of a team of surgeons and registered nurses in the operating room. Successful graduates of this program are educated in surgical technology under the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The structured curriculum includes basic sciences, patient care, surgical procedures, and human anatomy combined with clinical rotations in area health care facilities. Classroom instruction, labs, and clinical internships prepare students to assume the role of a perioperative team member in a variety of health care delivery settings. Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Physical Activity Requirements: Students cannot require use of assistive devices. This occupation requires the ability to stand, sit, and walk for extended periods of time and the ability to lift and hold 50 pounds. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to complete lab requirements, be assigned to a clinical rotation and get a job in this field.

Employability Requirements: Most employers prefer national certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-939. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state registration. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Program Length: This program is six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters

Prerequisite(s): Students pursuing the AAT degree must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, per the governing body for surgical technology, AST. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must pass multiple background checks. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must have current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification and immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations and CPR should be completed by the first day of class of the third quarter of the SURG courses. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without completion of immunizations. A physical is required for each student prior to clinical rotation. Must be at least 18 years of age by the time clinical experience starts, usually in September and April.

This program requires that the following general education courses be completed prior to beginning the first quarter of SURG courses. These general education courses are BIOL& 241, CAH 102, COLL 102, ENGL& 101. Students must maintain a “B” or better in all general education and Core Allied Health courses. Students must receive a “C” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
BIOL& 241Human A & P 15
BIOL& 242Human A & P 25
CAH 102Medical Terminology I5
CAH 105CLComputer Applications5
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
MAT 108Math for Health Occupations5
SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology5
COLL 102College Success for All3
SURG 110Introduction to Surgical Lab3
SURG 115Introduction to Surgical Environment2
SURG 120Care of the Surgical Patient I2
SURG 128Pharmacology & Anesthesia3
SURG 145Surgical Lab I5
SURG 148Operating Room Theory I5
SURG 150Surgical Environment2
SURG 152Care of the Surgical Patient II2
SURG 153Surgical Lab II5
SURG 154Operating Room Theory II5
SURG 160Care of the Surgical Patient III2
SURG 201 Operating Room Theory III5
SURG 205Clinical Preparation2
SURG 208Surgical Technology3
SURG 211Surgical Lab III5
SURG 215Clinical Applications I5
SURG 220Clinical Applications II5
SURG 225Clinical Applications III5
SURG 230Clinical Applications IV5
SURG 235Seminar I3
SURG 237Certification and Test Preparation I2
SURG 240 (CAP)Seminar II3
SURG 242Certification Test Preparation II2
 Technical Credits119

Human A & P 1

Item #
BIOL& 241
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the first course of the two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular through system levels. Includes an in-depth study of cells, tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. Laboratory component included.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of BIOL& 160 with a grade of 2.0 or better and CHEM& 110 with a grade of 2.0 or better.
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Human A & P 2

Item #
BIOL& 242
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the second course of the two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular-through-system levels. Includes an in-depth study of body organization and cardiovascular and lymphatic physiological processes. Includes immunology, respiratory, digestive, metabolic, excretory, reproductive and endocrine systems. Laboratory component included.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of BIOL& 241 with a grade of C or 2.0 or better.
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Medical Terminology I

Item #
CAH 102
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the basic techniques of medical word building using basic word elements. The class will be organized according to specific body systems and will include key terms and the introduction of anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms.

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Computer Applications

Item #
CAH 105CL
Total Credits
5

Provides training in the uses of Microsoft Windows and related programs, with an introduction to Electronic Health Records. Students will use computers to develop touch control and proper keyboarding and 10-key techniques.

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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Utilize the writing process to write clearly with consideration of audience, purpose, and tone, using standard grammar and punctuation conventions along with common discourse modes and patterns of organization. Read and process sources using independent and critical thinking skills, following established conventions for incorporating and documenting sources in writing.

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Prerequisites
Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 277 or equivalent or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Math for Health Occupations

Item #
MAT 108
Total Credits
5

Develops elements of algebra, including quadratic equations with real roots and unit conversion processes applied to U. S. and metric measure, calculation of dosages, and intravenous infusions. Covers solutions and dilutions, elementary chemical calculations, and elementary non-linear functions. Scientific calculator required. 

Prerequisites
Accuplacer advanced algebra score of 233 or equivalent or above, or successful completion of MAT 094.
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Introduction to Sociology

Item #
SOC& 101DIV
Total Credits
5

Focuses on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping people’s lives and experiences. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, and family), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology; to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events; and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.

Prerequisites
Appropriate Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 277 or equivalent, or successful completion of ENG 094.
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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to familiarize students with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with SALT component for financial planning. 

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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Introduction to Surgical Lab

Item #
SURG 110
Total Credits
3

Covers proper attire, hand hygiene, patient vitals, urinary catheterization, room set up, handling of sterile supplies, gowning and gloving, and introduction to surgical instrumentation.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENGL& 101, CAH 102, BIOL& 241, COLL 102.
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Introduction to Surgical Environment

Item #
SURG 115
Total Credits
2

Explores the basics of surgical instrumentation, use of energy sources and guidelines to safe practices surrounding them, introduction to specimen handling, principals of aseptic technique, processes related to maintaining asepsis and hazards of the surgical environment.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENGL& 101, CAH 102, BIOL& 241, COLL 102.
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Care of the Surgical Patient I

Item #
SURG 120
Total Credits
2
Covers patient vitals and diagnostics; methods of patient identification, transfer, transport and positioning of surgical patients; theories of skin prep and draping; case planning and intraoperative routines.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENGL& 101, CAH 102, BIOL& 241, COLL 102.
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Pharmacology & Anesthesia

Item #
SURG 128
Total Credits
3
Introduces the student to basic surgically related pharmacologic and anesthetic principles, including drug classification, proper medication labeling and handling, aseptic medication preparation and usage, principles of anesthesia administration and monitoring, including complications and interventions.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 150, SURG 152, SURG 148, SURG 145, MAT 108 or Higher (MAT&)
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Surgical Lab I

Item #
SURG 145
Total Credits
5
Explores the operative environment, aseptic principles and practices, methodologies of opening sterile packages, preparation of the sterile field, positioning and prepping, scrub role, assistant circulator role, instruments, supplies, equipment, patient positions, incisions, draping, procedural steps and care of specimens, surgical counts, instrument handling, medication handling, suture handling, loading and unloading of blades, backtable and mayo setups, room disinfection, turnover and termination.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG110(Intro to Surg Lab), SURG 115(Intro to the Surg Enviro). SURG120(Care of the Surg Pt I), BIOL& 242, CAH 105.
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Operating Room Theory I

Item #
SURG 148
Total Credits
5
Explores the OR environment, instrumentation, equipment, supplies, patient positions, specimen care, postoperative considerations, abdominal incisions, surgical anatomy and procedures in general, laparoscopic, ob-gyn, ophthalmic, and genitourinary surgeries.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 110, SURG 115, SURG 120, BIOL& 242, CAH 105.
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Surgical Environment

Item #
SURG 150
Total Credits
2
Explore the history of surgical technology, career opportunities, communication skills, and the effects of teamwork, law, ethics, documentation, and the health care facility environment.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 110, SURG 115, SURG 120, BIOL& 242, CAH 105.
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Care of the Surgical Patient II

Item #
SURG 152
Total Credits
2
Covers the physical, and biophysicalogical needs of the patient and religious and cultural influences. Methods of handling death and dying, and the ethical issues surrounding death and dying. Explores the processes related to management and care of the surgical wound, including hemostasis, sutures, dressings, drains and application of various types of dressings.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 110, SURG 115, SURG 120, BIOL& 242, CAH 105.
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Surgical Lab II

Item #
SURG 153
Total Credits
5
Covers intermediate level skills for the OR environment, aseptic principles and practices, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, preparation of the sterile field, disinfection and sterilization, scrub role, assistant circulator role, instrumentation, supplies, equipment, patient positions, draping, incisions, procedural steps, and care of specimens as appropriate for the second quarter.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG150 (Operating Room Setting), SURG152(Care of the Surgical Patient II), SURG148(Operating Room Theory I), SURG 145, MAT 108 or Higher (MAT&___ needed for AAST).
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Operating Room Theory II

Item #
SURG 154
Total Credits
5
Continued exploration of surgical specialties to include otorhinolaryngologic, oral/maxillofacial, plastic/reconstructive, and orthopedic procedures along with surgical anatomy, instrumentation, equipment, supplies, patient positions, specimen care and postoperative considerations.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 150, SURG 152, SURG 148, SURG 145, MAT 108 or Higher (MAT&).
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Care of the Surgical Patient III

Item #
SURG 160
Total Credits
2
Explores disaster readiness, sterility, disinfection, steps for reprocessing instruments, decontamination of surgical environment, and the use of technology within the surgical environment.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 150, SURG 152, SURG 148, SURG 145, MAT 108 or Higher (MAT&).
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Operating Room Theory III

Item #
SURG 201
Total Credits
5
Assesses the anatomy, physiology, and path physiology of the surgical specialties. Classroom activities will analyze procedures and anatomy related to pediatric, thoracic/pulmonary, cardiac, peripheral vascular neurosurgical and trauma procedures.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG154, SURG 160, SURG 128, SURG 153, SOC 101.
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Clinical Preparation

Item #
SURG 205
Total Credits
2
Students will earn HIPPA and Blood Borne Pathogens certificates, and complete all paperwork related to attending clinical rotation.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 154, SURG 160,SURG 128, SURG 153, SOC 101.
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Surgical Technology

Item #
SURG 208
Total Credits
3
Explores the relationship of microbiology and surgical practice, types and identification process of various microbes, cell structure of microbes, and disease process of microbes.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG154, SURG 160,SURG 128, SURG 153, SOC 101.
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Surgical Lab III

Item #
SURG 211
Total Credits
5

Lab presentations and practice of surgical procedures to include cardiothoracic, peripheral vascular, laparoscopic, emergent, and neurosurgical procedures. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 126, SURG 127, SURG 141, and SURG 151.
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Clinical Applications I

Item #
SURG 215
Total Credits
5
Provides the framework for students to receive experience in the operating room. Through one-on-one training in a perioperative setting, students will develop the professional attitude, behavior and skills to reinforce their role as a member of the perioperative team.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 212, SURG 201, SURG 205 and SURG 208.
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Clinical Applications II

Item #
SURG 220
Total Credits
5

See Clinical Applications.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 212, SURG 201, SURG 205 and SURG 208.
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Clinical Applications III

Item #
SURG 225
Total Credits
5
See Clinical Applications.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 215, SURG 220 SURG 235 and SURG 237.
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Clinical Applications IV

Item #
SURG 230
Total Credits
5
See Clinical Applications.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 215, SURG 220 SURG 235 and SURG 237.
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Seminar I

Item #
SURG 235
Total Credits
3
Classroom presentations on health and wellness and death and dying. Classroom preparation for the NBSTSA Certification Exam.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 212, SURG 201, SURG 205 and SURG 208.
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Certification and Test Preparation I

Item #
SURG 237
Total Credits
2
Prepares students to take the NBSTSA National Certification Test.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 212, SURG 201, SURG 205 and SURG 208.
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Seminar II

Item #
SURG 240 (CAP)
Total Credits
3
Classroom presentations of employability skills, preoperative routines, and transportation. Classroom preparation for the NBSTSA Certification Exam.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 215, SURG 220 SURG 235 and SURG 237.
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Certification Test Preparation II

Item #
SURG 242
Total Credits
2
Prepares students to take the NBSTSA National Certification Test. Students will participate in the National Certification Test.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 201, SURG 215, SURG 220 SURG 237.
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This page was last updated on April 20, 2018.