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Surgical Technology Course Descriptions

SUR 110  Introduction to Surgical Technology

This course provides a comprehensive study of the operative environment, professional roles, moral/legal/ethical responsibilities, and medical communications used in surgical technology. Topics include: professional behaviors, medical terminology, interdepartmental/peer/relationships, operating room environment/safety, pharmacology, anesthesia, incision sites, physiology of wound healing, and biomedical sciences. Upon completion, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the operative environment.

Surgical Technology

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Surgical Technology Program, BIO 092, CHM 094 or CHM 130 and 130A, MAT 070 and ENG 090.

Corequisite: SUR 111

SUR 110 Course Description

SUR 111  Perioperative Patient Care

This course provides theoretical knowledge for the application of essential operative skills during the perioperative phase. Topics include surgical asepsis, sterilization and disinfection, and perioperative patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles and practices of aseptic technique, sterile attire, basic care preparation, and other relevant skills.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 5; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 7

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Surgical Technology Program, BIO 092, CHM 094 or CHM 130 and 130A, MAT 070 and ENG 090.

Corequisite: SUR 110

SUR 111 Course Description

SUR 122  Surgical Procedures I

This course provides an introduction to selected basic and intermediate surgical specialties that students are exposed to the first clinical rotation. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to correlate, integrate, and apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the clinical operative environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 5; Lab,3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisite: SUR 110 and SUR 111

Corequisite: SUR 123

SUR 122 Course Description

SUR 123  Surgical Clinical Practice I

This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build upon skills learned in SUR 111. Emphasis is on the scrub and circulating roles of the surgical technologist, including aseptic technique and basic case preparation for selected surgical procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare, assist with, and dismantle basic surgical cases in both the scrub and circulating roles.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 21

Semester Hours Credit: 7

Prerequisites: SUR 110 and SUR 111

Corequisite: SUR 122

SUR 123 Course Description

SUR 134  Surgical Procedures II

This course provides a comprehensive study of intermediate and advanced surgical specialties that students are exposed to in the second clinical rotation. Emphasis is placed on related surgical anatomy, pathology, and procedures that enhance theoretical knowledge of patient care, instrumentation, supplies, and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to correlate, integrate, and apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to the clinical operative environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 5; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: SUR 122 and SUR 123

Corequisites: SUR 135 and SUR 137

SUR 134 Course Description

SUR 135  Surgical Clinical Practice II

This course provides clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care. Emphasis is on greater technical skills, critical thinking, speed, efficiency, and autonomy in the operative setting. Upon completion, students should be able to function in the role of an entry-level surgical technologist.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 12

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: SUR 122 and SUR 123

Corequisites: SUR 134 and SUR 137

SUR 135 Course Description

SUR 137  Professional Success Preparation

This course provides job-seeking skills and an overview of theoretical knowledge in preparation for certification. Topics include test-taking strategies, résumé preparation, and interviewing techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a résumé, demonstrate appropriate interview techniques, and identify strengths and weaknesses in preparation for certification.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: SUR 123

Corequisites: SUR 134 and SUR 135

SUR 137 Course Description
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