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Surgical Technology

Course Descriptions
DATC Certificate of Program Completion (Catalog Year: 2017, Required Hours: 1685)

STEC 0000 - Surgical Technology Orientation 0 Hours
 
BTEC 1030 - Operating Systems and Email Applications 30 Hours
In this course students will learn essential skills needed to successfully use a computer in school and at work. They will learn how to maneuver within the Windows environment through hands-on activities; including, launching programs, working with windows and the taskbar to enable multitasking, customizing the desktop, and managing files. Students will learn to use both a USB drive and the cloud for file storage. Finally, students will learn how to use the Internet to efficiently search for information on the Web and send and receive email.  
BTEC 1031 - Word Processing Fundamentals 30 Hours
Students will learn to create, format, and save documents. They will also learn to use the Help feature, the spelling and grammar checker, the format painter, styles, and how to copy and move text in order to produce and enhance business documents.  
BTEC 1032 - Spreadsheet Fundamentals 30 Hours
Students will be introduced to the essential spreadsheet features needed to create worksheets by entering and editing data. The will also learn to format worksheets and will explore the use of formulas, functions, and charts.  
BTEC 1510 - Business English 90 Hours
This course will focus on business English essentials, including writing, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and proofreading.  
MATH 1000 - Math I 60 Hours
Students learn to apply the correct mathematical operation to solve practical problems. Students use whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents to solve practical problems. Students are introduced to the basics of measurement, geometry, averages, probability, patterns and simple equations.  
EHIT 1120 - Medical Terminology 90 Hours
This course provides the student with the necessary skills to interpret and define medical terminology, in order to be successful in the pursuit of health occupation careers. This is accomplished by utilizing a method of study that not only instructs the students in building medical terms but also gives the student immediate application in utilizing the medical term.  
EHIT 1130 - Medical Law and Ethics 60 Hours
This course provides the student exposure to the legal and ethical issues that affect the healthcare setting, including guidelines, requirements, risk management, and application of HIPPA regulations.  
EHIT 1250 - Therapeutic Communications for Health Professionals 30 Hours
This course will provide the student with the basic principles of psychology required in a healthcare environment including the identification of developmental stages of the life cycle, hereditary, cultural and environmental influences on behavior and mental health issues.  
WKSK 1400 - Workplace Relations 60 Hours
This course will help you develop essential human-relation skills needed to maintain gainful and satisfying employment. It includes familiarization with problematic areas found in the workforce including: presenting yourself professionally, developing a professional work ethic, developing interpersonal skills, winning at office politics, and planning and managing your career.  
WKSK 1500 - Job Seeking Skills 30 Hours
Students in this course will learn to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. Students will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.  
STEC 1010 - Anatomy and Physiology for Surgical Technologists 120 Hours
Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to the basic structure and function of the human body. They will develop a basic understanding of organs and organ systems and be introduced to the pathophysiological changes that can disrupt normal homeostasis. These concepts are crucial to the understanding of the necessity and processes of medical and surgical intervention and the effect this intervention has on the body. As part of this course, students will: • Understand the anatomy and physiology of all body systems. • Identify common pathology/diseases. • Understand diagnostic/treatment modalities.  
STEC 1021 - Introduction to Microbiology 60 Hours
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Microbiology and the effect microorganisms have on everyday life, health, and the care of patients in the healthcare setting. Understanding microorganisms, their requirements for growth, potential for causing disease, and methods used to control infection is essential knowledge necessary to help contain the spread of infectious agents in the healthcare field.  
STEC 1031 - Introduction to Surgical Technology 75 Hours
This course introduces students to the Surgical Technology profession and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary to successfully participate on a surgical team. Emphasis is placed on the team approach to surgical patient care. Information presented in this course includes an introduction to the surgical environment, potential hazards that can be dangerous to both the surgical technologist and the patient, and the methods utilized to prevent the spread of infection. This course includes 16 hours of on-site participation in a central processing department to apply concepts related to sterilization, instrument identification, and processing.  
STEC 1040 - Principles of Surgical Technology 60 Hours
Students enrolled in this course will continue to apply previously learned concepts of aseptic technique into the areas of creating and maintaining sterile fields. The introduction of suturing materials and the concepts of wound management, including dressings and drains, continue the student’s journey into the collection of accessory equipment and supplies used during surgery. An exploration of the basic principles of surgical intervention and introduction to the ever-changing area of minimally invasive and ambulatory surgery, together with documented hours of observation in an operating room, will complete this course.  
STEC 1051 - Surgical Pharmacology 50 Hours
This course covers the Surgical Technologist’s role in the administration of medications and solutions to the surgical patient. Utilizes a basic understanding of mathematics to accurately measure and convert medication dosages and teaches general terminology associated with pharmacology. The Surgical Technologist’s legal and ethical responsibilities associated with these skills are emphasized.  
STEC 1060 - Surgical Patient Care 30 Hours
This course introduces concepts relevant to caring for patients having surgery. Discussion of patient response to illness and surgical intervention, as well as specific care measures needed for specific patient populations assist the student to learn to anticipate special needs and equipment that may be necessary during the surgical procedure. Knowledge and skills utilized both for patient preparation for surgery and care during the surgical procedure are emphasized.  
STEC 1055 - Surgical Technology Lab I 80 Hours
The Surgical Technology Lab I component of the program introduces students to the basic “hands-on” skills that will be performed during the clinical/externship portion of this program. Students will practice each skill set until he or she is safe, comfortable, and competent. The skill set will then be signed off by the lab instructor.  
STEC 1070 - Surgical Procedures I 60 Hours
This course explores various surgical specialties including: general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, genitourinary surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ENT surgery, and ophthalmic surgery. Relevant anatomy for the related body systems is reviewed and pathophysiology processes that indicate the need for surgical intervention are discussed. The steps of the surgical procedures, patient preparation, and instrumentation specific to the specific surgery will be emphasized.  
STEC 1075 - Surgical Technology Lab II 60 Hours
The Surgical Technology Lab II component of the program will continue to build upon the basic skills learned in the first lab component. Students will practice each skill set until he or she is safe, comfortable, and competent. The skill set will then be signed off by the lab instructor.  
STEC 1080 - Surgical Procedures II 60 Hours
This course continues the exploration of various surgical specialties including: plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and peripheral vascular surgery. Relevant anatomy for the related body systems is reviewed and pathophysiology processes that indicate the need for surgical intervention are discussed. The steps of the surgical procedures, patient preparation, and instrumentation specific to the specific surgery will be emphasized.  
STEC 2015 - Introductory Surgical Practicum 200 Hours
This course orients students to the clinical environment and provides experience with the basic skills required for the profession. Emphasis is on demonstrating increasing knowledge and participation on routine procedures for general and specialty surgical procedures. This course may be a co-requisite with Surgical Procedures II and requires at minimum, a 4 days a week (eight hour days) clinical externship.  
STEC 2020 - Advanced Surgical Practicum 300 Hours
This course provides the opportunity for students to complete all required Surgical Technology procedures through active participation as a part of the surgical team. This course requires at minimum, 4 days a week (8 hour days) clinical externship.  
STEC 2026 - Seminar in Surgical Technology 20 Hours
The student has, at this point, acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become employed as an entry-level Surgical Technologist. However, there is much more to a professional career than just “getting the job.” Professionalism implies that a worker demonstrate characteristics that will enable them to continue to progress and change with the career. This course discusses factors associated with making career decisions that can enhance a Surgical Technologist’s professional growth and success.