Surgical Technology


6 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.

 


6 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. Focuses on diagnostic procedures as well as general, genitourinary, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecological, ear, nose, and throat surgical procedures. Emphasis is placed on developing an effective operative routine as students set up for mock surgical procedures and role play the members of the perioperative team.

Prerequisite: SUR1100

 


3 Credit Hours

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

Prerequisite: SUR2112

Corequisite: SUR2280

 


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.

Prerequisite: SUR2112

 


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 scrub on surgical cases in various surgical specialties. Students also participate in focused discussions and special projects.

Prerequisites: SUR2112, Basic Cardiac Life Support/Automated External Defibrillation Certification

Corequisite: SUR2120

 


5 Credit Hours

Continuation of clinical work experience in surgical procedures and operating room practices. Students also participate in focused discussions and special projects.

Prerequisites: SUR2280, Basic Cardiac Life Support/Automated External Defibrillation Certification

Corequisite: SUR2292

 


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 that present experiences often encountered in the surgical technologist’s workplace. The course reinforces the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to sit for the national credentialing exam; and stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths, resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and networking.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission