Surgical Technology (SUR)

SUR 100 - Introduction to Surgical Technology

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

Introduces the broad field of surgical technology prior to entering the surgical technology program. The course is open to any student with an interest in the field of surgical technology. Aids in the retention of students in the surgical technology program.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Readiness for ENG 111

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SUR 130 - Introduction to Central Services

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop competency in aseptic techniques and patient centered practices to perform competently in the clinical environment.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Qualifying Placement Test scores

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SUR 135 - Infection Control

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop competency in surgical microbial infection control in the Central Sterilization environment. The main focus is having students understand how to protect the patient as well as themselves as the health care providers. The course introduces students to these topics without any lab experience.

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SUR 140 - Surgical Care I

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Introduces the concepts of preparing the patient for surgery. Discusses proper techniques in positioning and transporting patients for specific surgical procedures. Provides an opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills needed to perform as an entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor. Corequisite: SUR 145

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SUR 145 - Surgical Care Skills I

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Introduces essential skills needed to perform safely and competently in the operating room environment. Active learning and critical thinking skills, with an emphasis on aseptic techniques. Competency-based skills assessments follow each learning activity.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor Corequisite: SUR 140

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SUR 150 - Surgical Instrumentation

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

Meets accreditation requirement of identifying surgical instruments by name, function, and design. Will enable the entry level surgical technologist to perform effectively and safely when handling surgical instruments.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program or permission of instructor

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SUR 210 - Surgical Procedures

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop competency in the surgical technology program. This course introduces students to the related topics. The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the delivery of surgical patient care. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary cognitive, psychomotor, and professional knowledge to be successful. Graduates are eligible to take the National Surgical Technology Certificate Exam.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: SUR 240, SUR 245

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SUR 230 - Clinical Applications

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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.
5 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide clinical experience in a hospital central sterilization department and to provide further instruction in standards and procedures in addition to those clinical skills.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites will be applied locally.

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SUR 235 - Fundamentals of Central Services

Course Description

Effective: 2013-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide competency in all aspects of the sterilization cycle of instruments and equipment.

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SUR 240 - Surgical Care II

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Expands on the concepts of preparing the patient for surgery to include sterilization, scrub roles, and wound care and healing. Develops essential knowledge and expertise for working in the operating room environment.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: SUR 140, SUR 145, BIO 142 Corequisite: SUR 245

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SUR 245 - Surgical Care Skills II

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Continued development of essential skills needed to perform safely and competently in the operating room environment. Active learning and critical thinking skills, with an emphasis assisting in the care and safety of the surgical patient. Competency-based skills assessments follow each learning activity.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: SUR 140, SUR 145, BIO 142 Corequisite: SUR 240

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SUR 254 - Professional Issues in Surgical Technology

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
1-2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop efficacy as a surgical technology professional. This course introduces students to the professional credentialing, career options and continuing education. The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the delivery of surgical patient care. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary cognitive, psychomotor, and professional knowledge to be successful. Graduates are eligible to take the National Surgical Technology Certificate Exam.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology Program of instructor approval

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SUR 260 - Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

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.
8 credits

General Course Purpose

Continued development of essential skills needed to perform safely and competently in the operating room environment. Students will participate in the clinical setting as a student surgical technologist in various surgical specialties.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: SUR 135, SUR 150, SUR 240, SUR 245 Corequisites: SUR 210 as corequisite or prerequisite

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