2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    
    Aug 22, 2019  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surgical Technology, Diploma


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Surgical Technologists are integral members of the operating room team who work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist and registered nurse delivering direct patient care before, during, and immediately after surgery. Surgical Technologists act as primary scrub persons who handle the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary for the completion of the surgical procedure. These well educated and highly skilled individuals must anticipate the needs of the surgeon and have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care. Some specific duties include passing instruments, sutures, sponges, and equipment during the operative procedure. Preparation of the operating room and equipment before surgery, plus cleanup of these items after surgery are also duties that Surgical Technologists perform.

In order to work in Surgical Technology one must be able to move, lift a minimum of 25lbs., and transport both patients and equipment and have the manual dexterity to efficiently handle instruments in a sterile manner.

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Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of a Diploma in Surgical Technology, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure.
  • Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
  • Maintains highest standard of sterile technique.
  • Applies electrosurgical grounding pads, tourniquets, monitors, etc., using appropriate safety measures.
  • Positions and operates equipment needed for the procedure.
  • Prepares the patients skin.
  • Properly cares for specimens.
  • Sponges and suctions the operative site.
  • Connects drains and suction apparatus.

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, medication and solutions needed for procedure.
  • Help in draping the sterile field.
  • Passes instruments, etc. correctly, to surgeon and assistant during surgery.
  • Prepares sterile dressings.
  • Assist with preparing room for the next patient.
  • Obtains appropriate sterile and unsterile items for the procedure.
  • Assesses safety measures of surgical equipment and supplies being utilized in a surgical procedure.
  • Positions patient using appropriate equipment and safety measures.
  • Anticipates additional supplies needed during the operation.
  • Effective communication skills among all team members in operating room.
  • Performs appropriate counts working in both the scrub and circulator role.
  • Gowns and gloves the surgeon and assistants.
  • Assists other team members with concurrent and terminal cleaning of the room.
  • Checks patient chart, identifies patient, verifies surgery to be performed with consent forms, and brings patient to assigned operating room.
  • Transfers patient to the operating room table.
  • Accesses comfort and safety measures and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient.
  • Assists anesthesia personnel.
  • Helps transport patient to the recovery room.
  • Holds instruments or retractors as directed by the surgeon.
  • Applies electrocautery to clamps on bleeders.
  • Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon.
  • Follows chain of command when reporting situations in the workplace.

Professionalism and Communication

  •  Checks patient chart, identifies patient, verifies surgery to be performed with consent forms, and brings patient to assigned operating room.
  • Transfers patient to the operating room table.
  • Accesses comfort and safety measures and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient.
  • Assists anesthesia personnel.
  • Performs appropriate counts with the scrub person in circulating role.
  • Helps transport patient to the recovery room.
  • Holds instruments or retractors as directed by the surgeon.
  • Applies electrocautery to clamps on bleeders.
  • Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon.
  • Local, regional and national workshops.
  • Changing technology and new procedures necessitate this process.

 

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 53


Satisfactory completion of the above Surg Tech classes (ST) and all Health Core (HC) are required to take the following courses.


Satisfactory completion of all the above courses (ST, HC, CIS 101, COMM 102) are required to take the following courses.


Third Semester (Approximately 10 weeks)


Additional Information


Requirements: Achievement of a grade of “C” or higher for all ST and HC courses is required for graduation and before moving to the next semester.

Clinical Placement will be chosen by the lottery (drawing out of a hat) system. Clinical sites are in the Midwest region.

Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

Estimated total program fees


Tuition $ 5,408
Fees $4,628
Physical & Immunizations $ 100
Books & Supplies $1,700
Background Check & Drug Screen $ 110
TOTAL $11,946

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