Prepares students to work with 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.
Program Accreditation: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) has granted accreditation to the Surgical Technology program upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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 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 licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.
Note: This program requires that all general education courses be completed prior to beginning the first quarter of SURG courses. General education courses are CAH 102, CAH 105, BIOL& 175 or higher A&P, SOC& 101, ENGL& 101, and MAT 108 or higher math.
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 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 3rd 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.
Students must maintain a B or better in all general education and Core Allied Health courses to start the SURG 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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|BIOL& 175||Human Biology W/Lab||5|
|CAH 102||Medical Terminology I||5|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|SOC& 101DIV||Introduction to Sociology||5|
|SURG 126||Patient Care Theory||5|
|SURG 127||Pharmacology & Anesthesia||5|
|SURG 130||Patient Care Theory II||5|
|SURG 136||Operating Room Theory I||8|
|SURG 137||Introduction to Surgery||5|
|SURG 138||Introduction to Asepsis & Instrumentation||5|
|SURG 141||Operating Room Theory II||8|
|SURG 146||Surgical Lab I||5|
|SURG 151||Surgical Lab II||5|
|SURG 206||Operating Room Theory III||8|
|SURG 211||Surgical Lab III||5|
|SURG 215||Clinical Applications I||5|
|SURG 220||Clinical Applications II||5|
|SURG 225||Clinical Applications III||5|
|SURG 230||Clinical Applications IV||5|
|SURG 235||Seminar I||3|
|SURG 240CAP||Seminar II||3|
This course is an in-depth approach to body systems, emphasizing the relationship between structure and functions. This is a laboratory course appropriate for non-science majors or for students beginning study in life sciences.
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.
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.
Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.
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.
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.
Covers surgical attire, instrument groups, OR preparation and equipment, case selection, patient transfer, positioning, skin preparation and draping concepts, patient identification, and consent.
Introduces students to basic surgical-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 intervention.
Develops students’ understanding of the surgical patient, the needs of special patient populations and basic biomedical science. Students will complete their HIPAA and AIDS/HIV training.
Introduces students’ to the OR environment, aseptic principles and practices, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, preparation of the sterile field, abdominal incisions, ob-gyn, general, ophthalmic, and genitourinary surgeries.
Orients the student to the field of surgical technology, including history, working conditions, personal characteristics, professionalism, health care facilities, standards of conduct, the physical environment, and safety standards.
Orients students to the principles of asepsis and sterile technique; surgical case management; instrumentation; supplies; and wound healing related to sutures, needles, and stapling devices.
Classroom and lab presentations of surgical specialties to include otorhinolaryngologic, orthopedic, oral/maxillofacial, plastic/reconstructive procedures, and surgical anatomy.
Introduces students to the OR environment, aseptic principles and practices, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and preparation of the sterile field.
Lab presentations and practice of surgical procedures to include otorhinolaryngologic, oral/maxillofacial, and plastic/reconstructive procedures.
Classroom and lab presentations of surgical procedures.
Students will discuss the historical background of microbiology and be able to identify basic equipment used to identify microorganisms. We will go into many aspects of microbiology, including the description of structure and characteristics of different microorganisms, conditions that affect the life and the death of microorganisms, the relationships between humans and pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria, and factors that enable pathogens to invade a host and cause a disease.
Lab presentations and practice of surgical procedures to include cardiothoracic, peripheral vascular, laparoscopic, emergent and neurosurgical procedures.
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.
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Classroom presentations on health and wellness and death and dying. Classroom preparation for the NBSTSA Certification Exam.
Classroom presentations of employability skills, preoperative routines, and transportation. Classroom preparation for the NBSTSA Certification Exam.