60 credit Associate of Applied Science program
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The Surgical Technologist is an allied health professional who works as part of the surgical team to ensure that the operative procedure is conducted under optimal conditions.
Surgical Technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses as well as other surgical personnel to deliver patient care in the surgical setting.
The Surgical Technology program is designed to develop skills in all phases of the operating room procedures and techniques. The program includes a clinical experience in the operating room. The general education requirements contribute to the academic success of the Surgical Technologist. As a student, you will study a variety of courses that incorporate information adherent in the role of a surgical technologist.
Working as a Surgical Technologist, you will function mainly in the “scrub role." You will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge and practice of basic patient-care concepts while applying the principles of asepsis.
As part of the OR team, the Surgical Technologist must be able to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail. A number of activities must be integrated under priority when working under stressful and emergency situations. Therefore, a stable temperament and strong sense of responsibility are qualities essential to the surgical technologist. The student must possess considerable patience and concern for order. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. The surgical technologist must be keenly sensitive to the needs of the patient as well as the needs of other members of the surgical team. Individuals who practice in this profession have a strong desire to help others and make a valuable contribution to society.
Most graduates of the program are employed in the hospital surgery departments, obstetric departments, and ambulatory care centers. However, because of the broad educational background combined with specialized focus, surgical technologist may also be employed as:
* Specialize in an area of interest such as cardiac, neuro, or orthopedic surgery
* Traveling surgical technologists
* Advancement to the role of a surgical assistant
* Employment by a medical corporation to represent their products
* Research and product development
* Employment in a material’s management position or central supply area
Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility.
Before entering the clinical portion of the program, a history and physical exam along with immunization history must be on file.
The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP).
Program outcomes include:
• Demonstrate knowledge regarding the scope of practice for Surgical Technologists.
• Demonstrate proficiency in skills necessary to safely fulfill the role of the Surgical Technologist.
• Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the profession and employer expectations utilizing ethical and legal considerations relevant to the role of the Surgical Technologist.
• Demonstrate accountability as a health care professional.
• Communicate effectively utilizing written and oral formats.
• Demonstrate interpersonal skills needed to function as an effective team member.
• Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills as evidenced by comprehending, applying, and evaluating information relevant to the surgical technologist position.
• Use educational opportunities for continued personnel and professional development.
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Course Outlines: CLICK HERE Required Courses:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Required Pre-technical Courses:
FYE1000 Student Success Seminar (NOTE: This course is highly recommended to be taken prior to program start, but may be taken concurrently during Semester I of the program.)
ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00
BIOL1000 Human Body in Health and Disease 5.00 (NOTE: BIOL1005, BIOL1140 and BIOL1141 will be accepted in lieu of BIOL1000.)
NOTE: Pre-technical course requirements must be completed prior to taking Surgical Technology Courses.
COMM1100 Introduction to Communication 3.00
COMM1105 Interpersonal Communication 3.00
ENGL1106 Composition I 3.00
PHIL1130 Ethics 3.00
PSYC1135 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3.00
General Education Elective 9.00
NOTE: The above courses can be taken at any time prior to graduation.
Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer is required for all clinical courses. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement. Students are required to have a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin. All courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.