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Courses Offered

SURG 440 Basic Sciences for Surgical Technology (6.5 units)

This course reviews human anatomy and physiology for surgical procedures and common disease states requiring surgical intervention. The course also covers medications used duirng surgery. Concepts of microbiology and basic physics are discussed as they are applied to operating room procedures and practices.

SURG 441 Surgical Patient Care Concepts (5.5 units)

Provides the student with a theoretical and practical understanding of the technology and practices used in caring for a patient undergoing a surgical procedure. Additional material covers the structure and function of a healthcare facility and specifically the Operating Room.

SURG 442 Surgical Specialties (6 units)

This class covers the most common procedures and equipment utilized by the surgical technologist during specialty surgery. These specialties include neurosurgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery and others. The course prepares the student for the national certification exam.

SURG 443 Clinical Practice for Surgical Technology (8 units)

This class provides the student with hands-on experience in the surgical suite caring for patients under the supervision of a surgical technologist or a registered nurse. They will also gain experience in patient and staff interaction and communication. It prepares the student for the national certification examination. Prerequisite: Completion of Surg 440 and 441 with a grade of C or better and a current healthcare provider CPR card.

SURG 445 Intro to Central Service Technology (6.5 units)

The first of three courses providing an introduction to concepts and practical applications of central service processing, distribution and instrumentation. This includes basics of human anatomy, infection control, aseptic technique, sterile processing, decontamination and disinfection.

SURG 446 Clinical Practice for CST (3 units)

The third of three courses in Central Service Technology. Provides the student with supervised experience in sterile processing, supply distribution and inventory control.

SURG 448 Clinical Lab Practicum for Central Service Technology (2 units)

The second of three courses provides the student with hands-on experience in the processing of surgical instruments and medical supplies for disinfection and/or sterilization in a simulated lab and prepares them for the program's clinical phase. The student will practice decontamination, disinfection, inspection, packaging, and sterilization of selected items.

SURG 451 Surgical Skills Lab (5.5 units)

Student practices the clinical skills required to demonstrate competency in the operating room. Skills include, but are not limited to, aseptic practices such as scrubbing, gowning and gloving, setting up the instrument table, positioning the patient, and passing instruments supplies and medications to the surgeon. Prepares the student for clinical internship.

SURG 455 Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam Preparation (0.5 units)

Preparation and review for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

SURG 665 Selected Topics in Surgical Technology and Central Service/Sterile Processing (0.5- 2 units)

Designed to develop specific skills that are utilized in the practice of surgical and central service technology. Topics will rotate and will focus on new areas of practice or specialized skills.

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