Allied Health

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Surgical technologists work as members of a surgery team alongside physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers. Before surgery, surgical technologists work with the registered nurse to set up the operating room suite with surgical instruments and equipment according to the surgeon’s preference card. They ensure that the equipment is working properly and that temperatures are set correctly. Surgical technologists may assist in bringing patients to the operating room and getting them ready for surgery by assisting with positioning them on the table, covering them with sterile drapes, and cleaning and disinfecting incision sites. They also scrub their arms, put on sterile gowns and gloves and gown and glove surgeons and surgical assistants.

During an operation, surgical technologists pass the sterile instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They handle medications used in the surgical field. They might hold retractors, hold internal organs in place during the procedure, or set up robotic surgical equipment. Surgical Technologists also may handle specimens taken for laboratory analysis. They monitor counts of all instruments, dressings, needles, blades, and other items to ensure that they are not retained in body cavities.

After the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply dressings to the incision site. They may also transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.

 

 

Fall Semester

 

 

 

 

SENL

110S

Freshman English I

3

ALLH

210S

Medical Terminology

3

SBIO

221S

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture I

3

SBIO

221LS

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I

1

MATH

133S

Algebra for College Students

3

 

 

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

 

 

16

           

  Spring Semester

BIOL

222S

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture II

 3

BIOL

222LS

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab II

 1

SURG

101S

Introduction to Surgical Technology

 2

SURG

103S

Introduction to Surgical Tech Practice

 3

ALLH

112S

Pathology

 3

ALLH

   124S

Perioperative Pharmacology &Anesthesia

 3

 

 

 

15

 Summer Semester

SURG

119S

Procedures I

 3

SURG

105S

Surgical Tech Practicum

 4

SURG

116S

Surgical Techniques

 3

 

 

 

10

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 Fall Semester

SURG

221S

Surgical Procedures II

3

SURG

222S

Surgical Tech Practicum II

6

SURG

223S

Personal and Professional Development

3

 

 

 

12

  Spring Semester

SURG

114S

Biomedical Sciences

1

SURG

225S

Surgical Procedures III

3

SURG

226S

Surgical Tech Practicum III

6

 ALLH

120S

Fundamental Science Review

3

 

 

 

13

  Summer Semester                                                   

SURG

234S

National Exam Review

3

 

 

*Humanities Elective

3

6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:                                                                                  72


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