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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
Summer and winter quarters.

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

Ph: 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 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.

Prerequisites

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.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
BIOL& 175Human Biology W/Lab5
CAH 102Medical Terminology I5
CAH 105CLComputer Applications5
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
MAT 108Math for Health Occupations5
SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology5
SURG 126Patient Care Theory5
SURG 127Pharmacology & Anesthesia5
SURG 130Patient Care Theory II5
SURG 136Operating Room Theory I8
SURG 137Introduction to Surgery5
SURG 138Introduction to Asepsis & Instrumentation5
SURG 141Operating Room Theory II8
SURG 146Surgical Lab I5
SURG 151Surgical Lab II5
SURG 206Operating Room Theory III8
SURG 207Microbiology5
SURG 211Surgical Lab III5
SURG 215Clinical Applications I5
SURG 220Clinical Applications II5
SURG 225Clinical Applications III5
SURG 230Clinical Applications IV5
SURG 235Seminar I3
SURG 240CAPSeminar II3
 Technical Credits125

Human Biology W/Lab

Item #
BIOL& 175
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS reading score of 81 and writing score of 77 or successful completion of ENG 094.
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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

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.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score 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
COMPASS algebra score of 62 or above or college algebra score of 40 or above, or successful completion of MAT 091.
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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 COMPASS (81 in reading, 77 in writing)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Patient Care Theory

Item #
SURG 126
Total Credits
5

Covers surgical attire, instrument groups, OR preparation and equipment, case selection, patient transfer, positioning, skin preparation and draping concepts, patient identification, and consent. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 136, SURG 137, SURG 138 and SURG 146.
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Pharmacology & Anesthesia

Item #
SURG 127
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 136, SURG 137, SURG 138 and SURG 146.
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Patient Care Theory II

Item #
SURG 130
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 126, SURG 127, SURG 141 and SURG 151.
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Operating Room Theory I

Item #
SURG 136
Total Credits
8

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAT 108, ENGL& 101, BIOL& 175, CAH 102, 103, 105 and SOC& 101.
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Introduction to Surgery

Item #
SURG 137
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAT 108, ENGL& 101, BIOL& 175, CAH 102, 103, 105, and SOC& 101.
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Introduction to Asepsis & Instrumentation

Item #
SURG 138
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAT 108, ENGL& 101, BIOL& 175, CAH 102, CAH 103, CAH 105, and SOC& 101.
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Operating Room Theory II

Item #
SURG 141
Total Credits
8

Classroom and lab presentations of surgical specialties to include otorhinolaryngologic, orthopedic, oral/maxillofacial, plastic/reconstructive procedures, and surgical anatomy. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 136, SURG 137, SURG 138 and SURG 146.
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Surgical Lab I

Item #
SURG 146
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to the OR environment, aseptic principles and practices, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and preparation of the sterile field. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MAT 108, ENGL& 101, BIOL& 175, CAH 102, CAH 103, CAH 104, and SOC& 101.
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Surgical Lab II

Item #
SURG 151
Total Credits
5

Lab presentations and practice of surgical procedures to include otorhinolaryngologic, oral/maxillofacial, and plastic/reconstructive procedures. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 136, SURG 137, SURG 138 and SURG 146.
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Operating Room Theory III

Item #
SURG 206
Total Credits
8

Classroom and lab presentations of surgical procedures. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 126, SURG 127, SURG 141 and SURG 151.
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Microbiology

Item #
SURG 207
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 126, SURG 127, SURG 141 and SURG 151.
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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 130, SURG 206, SURG 207 and SURG 211.
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Clinical Applications II

Item #
SURG 220
Total Credits
5

See Clinical Applications. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 130, SURG 206, SURG 207, SURG 211 and SURG 215.
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Clinical Applications III

Item #
SURG 225
Total Credits
5

See Clinical Applications. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of SURG 215, SURG 220 and SURG 235.
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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 225 and SURG 235.
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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 130, SURG 206, SURG 207 and SURG 211.
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Seminar II

Item #
SURG 240CAP
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 and SURG 235.
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