Term 1  
Anatomy & Physiology: Part I
Asepsis in the Surgical Environment
Patient Care Concepts
Medical Terminology
Fundamentals of Surgical Technology
Classroom Laboratory
 
Term 2  
Anatomy & Physiology: Part II
Surgical Pharmacology
Surgical Procedures I
Clinical Laboratory I
 
Term 3  
Professional Development for the Surgical Technologist
Surgical Procedures II
Clinical Laboratory II
 
Term 4  
Issues in Clinical Practice
Advanced Practice for Surgical Technologists
Surgical Procedures III
Clinical Laboratory III

Course Descriptions

ST-API Anatomy & Physiology: Part I - 10 Weeks (45 hours)

The first part of a two part course, students are introduced to basic anatomy and physiology in preparation for surgical procedures. Topics include the organization of the human body, and the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymphatic and digestive systems. The study of cells, tissues and organs is included in this course.

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Asepsis in the Surgical Environment - 10 Weeks (45 hours)

Students are taught the fundamentals of microbiology, the body's defenses against disease, the infectious process and wound healing. This content is used as a foundation for the study of remaining topics which are related to asepsis in the surgical environment: principles and techniques of disinfection, sterilization, standard precautions, asepsis, skin preparation and a "surgical conscience." Practical experience is provided in the classroom laboratory.

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Patient Care Concepts - 10 Weeks (45 hours)

The emphasis of this course is on the care and safety of patients. Topics include patient transport, operative consent, positioning, vital signs, catheterization, hemostasis, and emergency care. Practical experience is provided in the classroom laboratory setting. Students also learn the principles and safe practices associated with the use of LASERs, radiation and electrosurgery in the operating room. Consideration for the care of patients with special needs are included in this course.

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Medical Terminology - 10 Weeks (15 hours)

This course gives a detailed review of the pronunciation, spelling, basic word structure, abbreviations and symbols for medical terminology. The body's structure and its systems are used as a framework to develop the student's understanding of medical terminology.

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Fundamentals of Surgical Technology - 10 Weeks (60 hours)

Students are introduced to the role and responsibilites of the surgical technologist, the health care team and the clinical environment in this course. Students learn the basic techniques for scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, case preparation and surgical routines. This course prepares students for the clinical experience by teaching them the care and handling of surgical supplies, instrumentation, suture materials and drapes in the classroom laboratory using mock surgical procedures.

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Classroom Laboratory - 10 Weeks (24 hours)

This laboratory component gives the student additional time to practice, with supervision, the skills, techniques and principles which are taught in Fundamentals of Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts.

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ST-APII Anatomy & Physiology: Part II - 10 Weeks (45 hours)

Continuation of Anatomy & Physiology: Part I. Class lecture will stress the structure and functional aspects of the special senses, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. The course broadens the student's knowledge base in preparation for more complex surgical procedures.

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Surgical Pharmacology - 10 Weeks (30 hours)

A review of basic math is provided to prepare students for the safe care and handling of drugs and solutions used during surgery. Students are provided with an introduction to pharmacology, principles of anesthesia administration and drugs which are commonly used during the surgical experience.

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Surgical Procedures I - 10 Weeks (45 hours)

A review of anatomy, pathology, diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions for surgical procedures in the following areas: general surgery, OB/GYN surgery, minor orthopedic surgery and urology. Laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are integrated in this course.

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Clinical Laboratory I - 10 Weeks (160 hours)

This experience gives the student the opportunity to apply theory learned in class to clinical practice as a member of the surgical team under direct supervision. It focuses on minimally complex surgical procedures and takes place in the hospital's surgical areas.

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Professional Development for the Surgical Technologist - 10 Weeks (15 hours)

This course stresses effective communications for the surgical technologist in preparation for employment. Students are introduced to employment agencies, learn job search skills, learn interview techniques and write a resume. Personal and professional growth is developed by emphasizing continuing education, professional membership and acquisition of certification.

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Surgical Procedures II - 10 Weeks (15 hours)

A review of anatomy, pathology, diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions for surgical procedures in the following areas: otolaryngology, opthalmology including LASER techniques, orthopedics, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Clinical Laboratory II - 10 Weeks (240 hours)

This course is a continuation of Clinical Laboratory I with a focus on moderately complex surgical procedures.

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Issues in Clinical Practice - 10 Weeks (15 hours)

Students discuss the ethical, legal and moral issues related to the field of surgical technology. Cultutal issues as they relate to patient care are included in this course.

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Advanced Practice for Surgical Technologists - 10 Weeks (15 hours)

This course introduces the surgical technologist to the roles and responsibilites of more advanced practice: the circulating surgical technologist and the first assistant surgical technologist.

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Surgical Procedures III - 10 Weeks (30 hours)

A review of anatomy, pathology, diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions for surgical procedures in the following areas: Thoracic, peripheral vascular and cardiovascular surgery. Trauma, transplant and procurement surgery will also be included in this course.

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Clinical Laboratory III - 10 Weeks (240 hours)

This course is a continuation of Clinical Laboratory I and II with a focus on more complex surgical procedures.

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