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Courses Offered

SURG 440 BASIC SCIENCES FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (6.5)
Hours/semester: 96-108 lecture/24-27 lab/24-27 hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Admission to the Surgical Technology program.
Review of human anatomy and physiology for surgical procedures and common disease states requiring surgical intervention. The course also covers medications used during 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 (11)
Hours/semester: 88-99 lecture. Prerequisite: SURG 440 or equivalent. Corequisite: SURG 451.
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)
Hours/semester: 96-108 lecture. Prerequisites: Completion of SURG 440 and SURG 441 with grades of C or better.
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 examination.

SURG 443 CLINICAL PRACTICE FOR SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (8)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 512 clinical practice hours. Prerequisites: SURG 440 and SURG 441 with grades of C or better, and a current healthcare provider CPR card.
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. The course prepares the student for the national certification examination.


SURG 445 INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY (6.5)
Minimum of 64 lecture hours and 120 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
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 CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY (3)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 192 hours by arrangement in a clinical setting/semester. Prerequisite: SURG 448.
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)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 96-108 lab. Prerequisite: SURG 445.
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)
(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 264-297 lab/24-27 hours by arrangement.
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 665 SELECTED TOPICS IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY AND CENTRAL SERVICE/STERILE PROCESSING (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 8-9, 16-18, 24-27 or 32-36 lecture.
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.

SURG 880SA CLINICAL LAB PRACTICUM FOR CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY (4)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 192 lab hours/semester.

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. The student will practice decontamination, disinfection, inspection, packaging, and sterilization of selected items. Prepares the student for the clinical phase of the program and meets requirements for national and international certifications.

SURG 880SB CERTIFIED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST) EXAM PREPARATION (.5)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 24-27 lab. Prerequisite: SURG 442 and SURG 443, or equivalent.
Preparation and review for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)