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SURTK 100: ORIENTATION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

.5 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of surgical technology. Concepts include the basic principles and techniques of surgical technology, handwashing, scrubbing, gowning, gloving as well as preparing a sterile field.

SURTK 120: INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the surgical technology curriculum and concurrently enrolled in BIOL 205 or completion with a grade of "C" or better and CPR certification

This course is a study of operating room fundamentals including aseptic technique, patient care, preparation, and maintenance and care of equipment and supplies. Didactic and practical experiences are designed to prepare the student to function as a surgical technologist.

SURTK 121: FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY I

7 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of SURTK 120 with a grade of "C" or better and completion of BIOL 205 with a grade of "C" or better and completion of BIOL 206 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 206 and current CPR certification.

This course is a continuation of introduction to surgical technology with emphasis on acquiring skills of scrubbing and assisting the circulator during surgical procedures in the operating room and delivery room. Specific areas of study include: surgical landmarks, surgical anatomy, incisions and terminology related to laparotomy, hernias, breast, veins, and rectal, obstetrical and gynecological surgical procedures.

SURTK 122: FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY II

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of SURTK 121 with a grade of "C" or better and completion of BIOL 205 and 206 with a grade of "C" or better and completion of BIOL 220 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 220 and current CPR certification.

This course is a continuation of fundamentals of surgical technology with emphasis on acquiring skills of scrubbing and assisting the circulator during surgical procedures in the operating room and delivery room. Specific areas of study include: genitourinary, orthopedics, and endocrine system.

SURTK 130: PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program

This course is a study of pharmacology and anesthesia. It will deal with all aspects of pharmacology: drug sources, forms, nomenclature, route of administration, classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug handling techniques, identification, supplies needed, transfer of medications to the sterile field, commonly used medications, general anesthesia, nerve conduction blocks, history, and team member roles during anesthesia.

SURTK 210: FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY III

8 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of SURTK 122 and BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 and BIOL 220 with a grade of "C" or better and current certification in CPR.

This course is a continuation of Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II with emphasis on acquiring skills of scrubbing and assisting the circulator during surgical procedures in the operating room and delivery room. Specific areas of study include: neurosurgery, thoracic, cardiovascular, burns, plastics, oral, ophthalmic, and otorhinolarongology.

SURTK 211: ADVANCED FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

7 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of SURTK 210 with a grade of "C" or better and current certification in CPR.

This course outlines advanced techniques in surgical technology and is a continuation of the fundamentals of surgical technology series. This course will focus on suturing and knot tying techniques, professionalism and interpersonal skills, continuing education, and resume writing.

SURTK 250: SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY BRIDGE

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course outlines advanced techniques in surgical technology and is a continuation of the fundamentals of surgical technology series. This course is a bridge between the previous surgical technology certificate and the Associate in Applied Science Surgical Technology degree. This course will focus on suturing and knot tying techniques, professionalism and interpersonal skills, continuing education, resume writing, robotics, electricity, physics, and computer usage.

SURTK 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.