Surgical Technology

45 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
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
* Educator
* Consultant

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.

Program Accreditation:
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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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
SURG14002Pharmacology for the Surgical TechnologistThis twelve week online course is designed to provide knowledge of various routes of drug administration, effects, and adverse affects. It will encompass a comprehensive knowledge of the many classifications of drugs. Included in this course will be instruction in the values for fluid and weight measures. Emphasis will be place on legal as well as safe aspects of drug administration. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical course requirements, and concurrent enrollment in SURG1411 and SURG1412) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG14114Operating Room PracticeThis twelve-week course will provide an overview of the total operating room setting as it relates to the hospital and patient. It will encompass comprehensive knowledge of aseptic technique as it relates to the surgical setting. The student will have an opportunity to observe and proficiently demonstrate fundamental clinical operating room skills inherent in the role of the surgical technologist in the operating room setting. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical course requirements, and concurrent enrollment in SURG1400, SURG1411, and SURG1412) (0 hrs lec/11.5 hrs per week lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG14125Operating Room TheoryThis twelve week course will provide an overview of the total operating room setting as it relates to the hospital and patient. This course will enable students to recognize the surgical technologist as an essential part of the medical team providing surgical care to patients in an operating room setting. Students will study the total operating room environment which includes preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care. It will encompass a comprehensive knowledge of aseptic technique and safety of the surgical patient in the operating room setting. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical course requirements, and concurrent enrollment in SURG1400 and SURG1411) (7 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG14204Operating Room Lab IIn this a five week clinical laboratory course in the hospital setting. The student will be scrubbing for a variety of surgical procedures. The student will also be working with central processing, unit support, and instrument room personnel. The complexity of duties will increase as the semester progresses. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical course requirements; current CPR certification for the Professional Rescuer; completion of SURG1400, SURG1411, and SURG1412 with a "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in SURG1428) (0 hrs lec/24 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG14282Operating Room Procedures IThis is a five week course introduces concepts to basic surgical procedures performed in the operating room. Included in this course is information on: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic procedures as well as the intraoperative process for various surgical procedures. Students will relate the knowledge learned in previous theory courses to specific surgical procedures. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical course requirements; completion of SURG1400, SURG1411, and SURG1412 with a "C" or better and concurrent enrollment in SURG1420) (6 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG15201Operating Room Lab IIThis is an advanced clinical laboratory course in the hospital setting. The student will sharpen the skills learned in prior surgical technology theory and lab courses. Students will become independent practitioners by performing all of the duties of a surgical technologist in the cases they are assigned to scrub. (Prerequisites: All semester II courses) (0 hrs lec/24 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SURG15286Operating Room Procedures IIThis course is a sequel to SURG1428 Operating Room Procedures I. Students will continue to learn information on: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic procedures as well as the intraoperative process for various surgical procedures. Students will relate the knowledge learned in previous theory courses to specific surgical procedures. (Prerequisites: All semester II courses) (6 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
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:

English:
• 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.

Reading:
• 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.

Pre-program Requirements:
COMM1100 Introduction to Communication 3.00
OR
COMM1105 Interpersonal Communication 3.00
OR
ENGL1106 Composition I 3.00

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.