Surgical Technology

  1. Overview
  2. A.A.S., Surgical Technology

 

Impressive CST Exam Results!

An impressive 86.96% of Berkeley College Surgical Technology graduates passed the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam on their first attempt between September 2013 and June 2014. The national pass rate for 2013* was 71.5%.

“The CST exam is very challenging,” says Joe Charleman, Chair of the Surgical Technology program, “but our students are very well prepared, as evidenced by our exceptional pass rate for first-time test takers.”

*National statistics from National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

 

Meet Takikya Latimore, a student in the Surgical Technology program at Berkeley College. A positive experience at a hospital convinced her to pursue a career in healthcare.

Joseph Charleman, Berkeley College Chair, Surgical Technologist and Surgical Processing Technician programs, School of Health Studies

Berkeley College Surgical Chair Works With Healing the Children® New Jersey on Medical Mission

 

Surgical Technology


Specialized training for a specialized career.

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to work as valuable members of a surgical team, which most commonly includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses. Surgical Technologists assist in surgical procedures under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel. They perform a variety of critical hands-on tasks, including:

  • Preparing operating rooms by setting up surgical instruments and equipment
  • Preparing patients for surgery by washing, shaving, and disinfecting incision sites
  • Passing instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons during surgical procedures
  • Maintaining a proper sterile field throughout the surgical process
  • Monitoring and assessing operating room conditions

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of surgical technology
  • Hands-on learning in on-site surgical laboratories that simulate the surgical environment
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of Clinical Practicums at an off-campus healthcare facility, under the supervision of instructors and professional practitioners
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences courses that provide students with a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly and communicate effectively
  • Eligibility to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination

Certification

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Only students who complete a CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, a national credentialing exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Surgical Technology A.A.S.

Surgical Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program is offered at the Clifton and Dover locations.

 

 


A.A.S., Surgical Technology 2014 Course Requirements

Surgical Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

3 Credit Hours

Students are introduced to the role and responsibilities of the surgical technologist, the healthcare team, and the clinical environment. Topics include environment and workplace safety, patient care and safety, age-extreme patients, and patients with special needs. Students learn the basic techniques for scrubbing, gowning, and gloving. An on-campus operating room laboratory provides students with such hands-on experience as vital signs, patient transporting, and positioning.

 

2 Credit Hours

Focuses on the identification, classification, care, and handling of surgical instrumentation. Various methods of sterilization are included.

Prerequisite: SUR100

 

3 Credit Hours

Provides an in-depth study of the principles of aseptic techniques. Topics include wound healing, specimen care, safe use of surgical equipment, surgical counts, and prepping and draping the patient. Various types of sutures, needles, stapling devices, sponges, dressings, packings, drains, and catheters are presented. Students are introduced to robotics, physics, and electricity.

Prerequisite: SUR100

 

3 Credit Hours

Students practice the principles of aseptic techniques. Emphasis is placed on setting up the instrument table, Mayo stand, and prepping and draping the patient.

Prerequisite: SUR100
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SUR110, SUR112

 

3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the diagnostic procedures and general, genitourinary, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecological, ear, nose, and throat surgical procedures.

Prerequisites: SUR110, SUR112, SUR115

 

3 Credit Hours

Students develop an operative routine as they set up for mock surgical procedures and role play the members of the perioperative team.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SUR120

 

3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the following surgical specialties: ophthalmology, plastic, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, organ and tissue recovery, and pediatric surgery.

Prerequisites: SUR120, SUR125

 

2 Credit Hours

The rationale for use of specific drugs, their therapeutic effects, major side effects on the surgical patient, and how these drugs may alter or influence surgical intervention are defined. Emphasis is on the role and responsibilities of the surgical technologist regarding pharmaceuticals in the operating room.

 

5 Credit Hours

Students apply the didactic and laboratory skills learned throughout the program to the clinical setting, gain clinical work experience in surgical procedures and operating room practices, and also have the opportunity to scrub on surgical cases in various surgical specialties.

Prerequisites: Completion of first four quarters and departmental approval
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SUR220

 

1 Credit Hour

Students focus on integrating the skills learned throughout the program with the work experience. Research assignments required.

Prerequisite: Basic Cardiac Life Support/Automated External Defibrillation Certification
Corequisite: SUR280

 

5 Credit Hours

Continuation of clinical work experience in surgical procedures and operating room practices.

Prerequisites: SUR280 and departmental approval

 

1 Credit Hour

Students continue to focus on integrating the skills learned throughout the program with the work experience. Oral presentations required.

Corequisite: SUR290

 

4 Credit Hours

Designed to elicit reflection and application to the whole of the Surgical Technology program. The course requires the student to apply the knowledge, skills and techniques attained throughout the Surgical Technology program. The Capstone course provides an opportunity for the assessment of surgical technologist critical thinking skills, and teamwork skills through case studies reflecting experiences often encountered in the Surgical Technologist’s workplace. Finally, the Capstone course is developed to reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the national credentialing exam.

Corequisites: BUS226 and departmental approval

 

4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 



BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 



LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 

4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 

4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 

4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 

4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 

1 Credit Hour

An introduction to the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology as explored through laboratory sessions. Laboratory activities coincide with lectures to enhance understanding of each topic by providing visual and hands-on experiments for the concepts learned in the lecture. Laboratory sessions include microscopy, dissections, and elementary physiological experiments. Among the topics considered are various body systems, including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

Corequisite: SCI223

 

1 Credit Hour

Continues the study of human anatomy and physiology through laboratory exploration. Laboratory activities coincide with lectures to enhance understanding of each topic by providing visual and hands-on experiments for the concepts learned in the lecture. Laboratory sessions include microscopy, dissections, and elementary physiological experiments. Among the topics covered are the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI225
Corequisite: SCI224

 

4 Credit Hours

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

 

2 Credit Hours

Students are introduced to diseases and the abnormal surgical pathology of each body system. Surgical cancer treatments are discussed.

Prerequisites: SCI224, SCI226

 

4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 

4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours

48

Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

6



90 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses will be offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with clinical rotations.

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Surgical Technology program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant prior to participating in clinical rotations. To qualify for employment as a Surgical Technologist in a "healthcare facility" in the State of New Jersey, a person must either complete a nationally or regionally accredited Surgical Technology program or meet other specified criteria. Requirements may vary by state. Berkeley College's Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students who complete a CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. The CST designation is a national credential indicating that the Surgical Technologist meets certain standards of competence.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all SUR courses, as well as Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II Lab, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology, with a minimum grade of C+ as well as participate in the CST National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).