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Surgical Technology (SUR)

SUR 105  Introduction to Surgical Tech  (4)  

The course introduces the student to professional responsibilities, duties, and general functions of the operating room. It also introduces the student to the rest of the operating room team and their functions, responsibilities for safety of the patient and themselves, organization of the hospital and the operating room, legal and ethical issues, and the importance of communication in the operating room, credentialing, and professionalism. The use of electricity and lasers in the operating room are also covered as are the pre-op routines of the circulator prior to the patient entering the operating room.

SUR 110  Microbiology  (2)  

The course introduces the student to basic micro-organisms and how they relate to the operating room and sterile technique.

SUR 120  Medical Terminology  (3)  

The course introduces the student to the language of the medical field. Medical prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms are introduced to the student so they may have a thorough knowledge and understanding of what they are reading and writing in the medical field. An emphasis is placed on terms, pathological conditions, and diagnostic terms that relate to surgery.

SUR 125  Surgical Medical Terminology  (3)  

The course introduces the student to the language of the medical field. Medical prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms are introduced to the student so they may have a thorough knowledge and understanding of what they care reading and writing in the medical field. An emphasis is placed on terms, pathological conditions, and diagnostic terms that relate to surgery.

SUR 135  Principles & Practics of ST  (5)  

The course introduces the student to basic care practices of the operating room and will include aseptic technique and surgical case management. It covers a multitude of duties and concepts of both the scrub and circulating roles of the operating room. This also includes scrubbing, gowning, and gloving; preparing and maintaining the sterile field for surgery; methods of sterilization; all operating room (OR) equipment and its use, sponge, sharp, and instrument counts; specialty instruments and their care; surgical dressings; catheters, tubes and drains; pre-op, intra-op, and post-op duties of the surgical tech and circulating nurse like positioning prepping and draping and more.

SUR 145  Principles & Practices ST Lab  (3)  

The course allows the student to apply the knowledge that he/she learned in SUR140 (Principles and Practices). Repeated practice is designed to get the student ready for the clinical area to assure proper patient care. The student must pass the lab in order to continue in the program.

SUR 155  Surgical Procedures I  (4)  

The course instructs the student in the basic general, gynecological, and genitourinary surgical procedures. Besides the procedure itself the student will learn the instrumentation needed, pathology, sutures used, and special considerations.

SUR 165  Surg Procedures I  (3)  

The course instructs the student in the basic general, gynecological, and genitourinary surgical procedures. Besides the procedure itself the student will learn the instrumentation needed, pathology, sutures used, and special considerations.

SUR 175  Clinical I  (3)  

The student will start to apply the basic skills they have learned for the operating room in the actual operating room of a clinical facility. They will also pick up experience in the instrument room and pre-operative area of the hospital. Clinical proficiency at our facilities prepares the student with a minimum of 120 cases, 80 of which are in the first scrub role and comprise a variety of surgical scrub experiences.

SUR 245  Surgical Procedures II  (5)  

This course will expand ENT, maxillofacial, orthopedic, vascular, plastic surgery, and neuro surgical procedures. Besides the procedure itself, included in this course is pathology involved, surgical instruments needed, positioning of the patient, and special considerations for each surgical procedure.

SUR 250  Surgical Pharmacology  (2)  

This course begins with weights and measurements using the metric system and its application in the medical field. A review of basic math skills and figuring ratios is included. Medications used in the operating room during surgery both for the surgeon and the anesthesia provider will be discussed. Pre-operative and post-operative medications for anxiety, pain, emergencies, and other operating room (OR) related health issues will be discussed. Anesthetic agents used including IV, inhalation, regional, and local will be presented to the student.

SUR 265  Surgical Procedures III  (5)  

The course will introduce students to vascular, thoracic, plastic, ophthalmic, pediatric surgical procedures and trauma surgery. Included in this is pathology involved, surgical instruments needed, positioning the patient, and special considerations for each surgical procedure. Students will also learn basic physics and robotics as applied to the operating room.

SUR 270  Clinical II  (4)  

In the surgical suite students will apply knowledge and skills learned in Surgical Procedures II and Principles and Practices Lab to the operating room on all surgical procedures. This course is designed to increase the student's self-confidence as a surgical tech and allow them to become more aware of their sterile technique and preparedness for each surgical procedure. Anticipation of the surgeon is critical. Clinical proficiency at our facilities prepares the student with the required 120 surgical cases, 80 of those in the 'first scrub' role.

SUR 285  Clinical III  (6)  

In the surgical suite students will apply knowledge and skills learned in Surgical Procedures and Principles and Practices to the operating room on more advanced procedures. This course is designed to increase the student's self-confidence and have them know instruments needed and general preparedness for each surgical procedure. Anticipatory skills are enhanced. Clinical proficiency at our facilities prepares the student with the required 120 surgical cases, 80 of these will be in the 'first scrub' role.

SUR 290  Clinical III  (4)  

Comprehensive review of surgical technology concepts and practical preparation for the national certification examination including but not limited to: Preoperative preparation of the surgical patient, Intra-operative procedures, Post-operative procedures, Administrative and personnel, Equipment sterilization and maintenance, Anatomy and physiology, Microbiology, and Surgical pharmacology.

SUR 295  ST Certification Review  (1)  

Comprehensive review of surgical technology concepts and practical preparation for the national certification examination including but not limited to: a. Preoperative preparation of the surgical patient; b. Intra-operative procedures; c. Post-operative procedures; d. Administrative and personnel; e. Equipment sterilization and maintenance; f. Anatomy and physiology; g. Microbiology; and h. Surgical pharmacology.