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Surgical Technology (SUR)

SUR-121 Surgical Techniques I, 6 cr.
This course provides the student with an orientation to the surgical technology profession and operating room theory.  Principles and concepts of physical environment, aseptic technique, sterilization and disinfection, instrumentation, equipment and supplies and their role in surgical case management along with all other techniques associated with the scrub role are presented. Students will be introduced to the surgical environment during a 16 hour observational experience within a surgical department.
 
SUR-122 Intro to Surgical Technology, 4 cr.
This course will allow students to apply principles learned during Surgical Techniques I lecture in a simulated surgical suite for the purpose of practicing and learning basic skills outlined in the objectives of this course. Emphasis is on instrumentation and fundamental surgical skill development. The transportation of the surgical patient, positioning, patient preparation, and draping are presented. Students are required to demonstrate competence in the areas discussed in the course outline in order to advance to practicum.
 
SUR-123 Patient Care Concepts, 2 cr.
This course intends to introduce the student to the practice of surgical patient care. Preoperative and postoperative routines as well as some of the responsibilities of the surgical technologist in the circulating role are discussed. The bio-psycho-social needs of the patient are addressed in addition to patient identification, review of the chart, documentation, surgical transport and positioning, skin preparation, urinary catheterization, specimen care, wound classification, vital signs, hemo-dynamics, monitoring, and discharge planning.  The student will learn appropriate response to legal, ethical, and moral issues, as well as emergency situations and personnel safety practices as outlined by OSHA Standards.
 
SUR-129 Surgical Foundations (6 cr.)
This course provides the student with an orientation to the surgical technology profession and operating room theory.  Principles and concepts associated with the professional aspects of surgical technology are presented.  Foundational concepts such as the role of the surgical technologist, professional aspects, and medical law will be covered.  A theoretical overview will be given for introduction into: the surgical environment, biomedical sciences, aseptic techniques, sterilization and disinfection, instrumentation, equipment and supplies, wound healing and diagnostic procedures. Prerequisite: BIO-163 OR BIO-168, HSC-114. Co-requisite: SUR-131
 
SUR-131 Surgical Techniques Lab, 4 cr.
This course will allow students to apply principles learned during Surgical Procedures Lecture in a hands-on laboratory setting.  Students will further redefine skills related to the three phases of case management as they apply to each surgical specialty and its specific cases.
 
SUR-222 Surgical Techniques II, 2 cr., 4 cr.
This course is taught in conjunction with Surgical Procedures.  This course helps further refine knowledge obtained in Surgical Procedures by offering the student study projects that they can apply information relating to surgical anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, instrumentation and equipment, and procedural steps.    
 
SUR-223 Surgical Procedures, 6 cr.
This course provides the student with the preoperative theory, procedural anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, procedural considerations, instrumentation, and steps related to various surgical specialties.  Specialties include: diagnostic, general, obstetrics and gynecology, genitourinary, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmic, plastic, orthopedic, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, neurosurgery.  Students will incorporate safe perioperative patient care techniques, medical terminology, and pharmacology to each procedure.
 
SUR-227 Surgical Procedures Lab, 2 cr.
This course will allow students to apply principles learned during Surgical Procedures lecture in a hands-on laboratory setting.  Students will further redefine skills related to the three phases of case management as they apply to each surgical specialty and its specific cases.
 
SUR-420 Pharmacology for Surgical Tech, 2 cr.
This course reviews basic math and science skills. It provides an introduction to surgical pharmacology and emphasizes the classifications of medications used in surgery.  The student will become familiar with the general terminology used with medication application, the use of drugs in the care of surgical patients, and the principles of anesthesia administration for routine cases and emergency procedures.
 
SUR-430 Microbiology - Surgical Tech, 2 cr.
This course includes the correlation of the relationship to the practice of sterile technique and infection control in the operative setting. The student will use the microscope to contrast and compare the structure and characteristics of microorganisms.
 
SUR-440 Biomedical Science for Surgical Tech, 2 cr.
This course provides a broad base of knowledge for the entry-level surgical technologist in the areas of computers, electricity, physics, and robotics.  As surgical equipment becomes more sophisticated, understanding the fundamental principles of these technologies is essential.
 
SUR-517 Surgical Procedures Practicum 1, 3 cr.
This practicum application provides the student the opportunity to apply classroom theory learned in the first and second semesters in a hospital operating room.
 
SUR-519 Surgical Technology Practicum, 4 cr.
This course is provides students the opportunity to attend practicum rotations in the various surgical specialties while scrubbing a variety of perioperative cases to build skills required for complex perioperative patient care.  Emphasis is placed on improving their technical skills, critical thinking, speed, efficiency, and autonomy in the operative setting.  The latter portion of this course provides the student with an opportunity to scrub in specialty areas as the primary surgical technologist. Students will gain expertise in sterile technique, improve their anticipation of surgeon's needs, and further increase their dexterity and speed. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for transition into the job market.
 
SUR-520 Surgical Technology Practicum I, 2 cr.

Under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor, students will demonstrate proper surgical scrub techniques and maintain aseptic technique. Emphasis will be on identifying and setting up supplies and instruments for individual surgical cases, establishing a sterile field, and preparing instruments and supplies for the surgical procedure and identify and utilize proper care of specimens. As competency develops, students will move up to the first scrub position during surgical cases, with the assistance of an assigned surgical technologist and supervision of the clinical preceptor. The student will learn to assist the surgeon while maintaining a safe, patient-centered environment. The student reviews procedures and specific patient needs prior to assisting with each procedure. 

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