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SUR 100 - Introduction to Surgical Technology
Introduces professional practice concepts within the profession of surgical technology with emphasis on the profession and career opportunities. Introduces concepts such as group dynamics, effective communication, organization, prioritization, and delegation. Emphasizes standards of practice and codes of conduct for surgical technologists.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Readiness for ENG 111
2 credits
SUR 100 Detailed Outline
SUR 130 - Introduction to Central Services
Introduces central processing with a focus on skills necessary to perform central services competently and safely. Includes aseptic technique, patient-centered theories, decontamination, preparation and packaging for sterilization, sterilization processes, and sterile storage.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
Qualifying Placement Test scores
3 credits
SUR 130 Detailed Outline
SUR 135 - Infection Control
Introduces the fundamentals of surgical microbiology. Includes an introduction to cell structure and theory, microbial function, human pathogen relationships, infectious process, blood borne and airborne pathogens, defense microorganisms, infection control, and microbial control and destruction.
(2 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Lab 0 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits
SUR 135 Detailed Outline
SUR 140 - Surgical Care I
Introduces concepts of the surgical process including preparing the patient for surgery, transporting, positioning, and special preparation procedures of the surgical patient. Presents diagnostic and assessment procedures of the surgical patient including the importance of safety. Discusses the basic principles of aseptic technique.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 0-6 hours. Total 2-9 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor. Corequisite: SUR 145
3-4 credits
SUR 140 Detailed Outline
SUR 145 - Surgical Care Skills I
Introduces students to the surgical process, including aspects of the operating room environment. Provides students with the opportunity to practice preparation, transportation, and positioning of the patient for surgery. Practice of hand hygiene, the surgical hand scrub, opening of sterile supplies, donning and doffing operating room attire and personal protective equipment.
Lecture 0-2 hours. Laboratory 6-9 hours. Total 6-11 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor Corequisite: SUR 140
3-4 credits
SUR 145 Detailed Outline
SUR 150 - Surgical Instrumentation
Introduces surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment used in the operating room for surgical procedures. Includes identification of instruments based on use, type, function, and design. Emphasizes use of surgical instruments to perform safely and effectively in the operating room environment.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor
2 credits
SUR 150 Detailed Outline
SUR 210 - Surgical Procedures
Introduces surgical procedures and the role of the surgical technologist. Introduces procedures for surgical specialties such as General, Gynecological, Obstetrics, Genitourinary, EENT (Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat), Orthopedic, Neurosurgery, Cardiac, Vascular, Pediatric, Plastic, Transplant, and Trauma surgery.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 0-15 hours. Total 3-19 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 240, SUR 245
3-8 credits
SUR 210 Detailed Outline
SUR 235 - Fundamentals of Central Services
Builds upon introductory concepts and skills to include areas such as cleaning, disinfection, sterilization of instruments and equipment, instrument processing, inventory management, safety and quality assurance, professional development and healthcare trends.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 2 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
SUR 235 Detailed Outline
SUR 240 - Surgical Care II
Builds on Surgical Care I by introducing anesthetics, wound healing, incisions, and suturing techniques. Presents principles of wound healing including types, stages, and complications. Provides foundational knowledge in the preparation and care of surgical supplies and equipment. Reviews responsibilities related to the surgical technologies in the scrub and circulating roles.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 140, SUR 145, BIO 142 Corequisite: SUR 245
3 credits
SUR 240 Detailed Outline
SUR 245 - Surgical Care Skills II
Builds upon essential skills to perform safely and competently in the operating room environment. Emphasizes active learning and critical thinking in the lab setting. Uses simulations to introduce skills in setting up a back table, mayo stand and passing instruments. Focuses on anticipating the needs of the surgeon and team members. Covers demonstration of counting procedures to prevent retained items and maintaining the sterile field to prevent contamination.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 140, SUR 145, BIO 142 Corequisite: SUR 240
3 credits
SUR 245 Detailed Outline
SUR 250 - Surgical Pharmacology
Introduces pharmacology as it relates to surgical intervention in the operating room. Includes medication calculations, measurements, administration, terminology and handling and a review of certain drug classifications as they relate to surgical patients. (Note: Previously listed as HLT 250, General Pharmacology). Prerequisite: SUR 140.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
SUR 254 - Professional Issues in Surgical Technology
Provides job seeking skills and an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for national certification. Includes test taking strategies, career options, resume preparation, interviewing techniques, professional credentialing, and organizations and professionalism as it relates to surgical technology.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Total 1-2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program of instructor approval
1-2 credits
SUR 254 Detailed Outline
SUR 260 - Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum
Provides continued study and extensive clinical experience in all surgical specialties. Emphasis is on clinical practice thereby further enhancing theoretical and practical knowledge of select procedures, surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment. The scrub and circulating roles of the surgical technologist including aseptic technique and case preparation for select surgical procedures continue to be emphasized.
Laboratory 15-24 hours. Total 15-24 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 135, SUR 150, SUR 240, SUR 245 Corequisites: SUR 210 as corequisite or prerequisite
5-8 credits
SUR 260 Detailed Outline
SUR 296 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
SUR 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits