Surgical Technology (SUR) at Piedmont Community College


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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
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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
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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 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor. Corequisite: SUR 145
3 credits
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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.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor Corequisite: SUR 140
3 credits
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SUR 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
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 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 240, SUR 245
3 credits
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SUR 230 - Clinical Applications
Provides extensive clinical experience in all central sterilization areas, in addition to instruction and practice in areas such as selecting instruments, equipment, and supplies; using proper procedures; identifying regulations, standards, and safety.
Lecture 1 hour. Lab 12 hours. Total 13 hours per week.
Prerequisites will be applied locally.
5 credits
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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
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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
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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 24 hours. Total 24 hours per week.
Prerequisites: SUR 135, SUR 150, SUR 240, SUR 245 Corequisites: SUR 210 as corequisite or prerequisite
8 credits
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SUR 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits