Surgical Tech is a two-year program students will start in their junior year, after satisfactorily completing their core studies in Medical Technology and Anatomy & Physiology in their sophomore year
Introduction to Surgical Technology introduces and orients the student to the broad field of the healthcare environment and the specifics of the surgical environment, focusing on selected aspects in the development of surgical technology as a profession.
Principles and Practice of Surgical Technology applies the theoretical learning of Intro to SGT, where students will engage in hands-on application of those principles. Course topics will include: The history of surgical technology and the founders of asepsis; surgical technician employment opportunities and career development; the importance of teamwork and communication in the O.R.; developing a surgical conscience; employability skills and professionalism; biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient; ethical and legal matters in the perioperative setting; patient and workplace safety; hospital organizational structures; roles and responsibilities of surgical team members; surgical case management; and an introduction to sterile technique, disinfection, and methods of sterilization.
Surgical Tech Laboratory is the place of study for the basic skills or activities needed to function as a beginning Surgical Technologist. The emphasis is placed on the activities related to concepts identified in the theory section of the course. After viewing a demonstration of a skill, and understanding the rationale behind it, the student will practice the skill until he/she reaches a level of proficiency. Using a Skill Assessment Tracking Sheet, Students shall receive consistent feedback from instructor, and be informed of areas that may need improvement. All skills taught in the lab are based in evidence-based practice.
Medical Terminology – Intended to build on the foundational base learned in sophomore year, students will learn prefixes, suffixes, and root words, as well as commonly used abbreviations as they relate to surgical pathology and interventions.
Surgical Anatomy and Physiology I & II reviews the basic concepts of A&P and applies them to practical surgery. Surgical A & P will illustrate to the student how the anatomy and physiology of a particular body system or organ relates to a particular procedure. Topics include: Organization of the human body; chemistry and cellular structure and function; tissues and membranes; and specific organ systems of the body.