Pre-Occupational Curriculum (16 hours)
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Curriculum (41 hours)
Provides an overview of the surgical technology profession and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary to successfully
participate on a surgical team. Topics include: introduction to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative principles of surgical technology;
assistant circulator role, professionalism as well as health care facility information. ((There are surgical procedures that are similar as far as
procedural steps, instrumentation, supplies, patient position, etc. This is referred to as the "Co-Related Procedures Concept." The purpose of
using the Co-Related Procedures Concept is to provide the instructor additional time to teach surgical procedures as well as avoid repetition.))
Provides continued study of surgical team participation by wound management and technological sciences for the operating room. Topics
include: technological sciences; patient care concepts; preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative surgical technology; and perioperative
case management. ((There are surgical procedures that are similar as far as procedural steps, instrumentation, supplies, patient position, etc.
This is referred to as the "Co-Related Procedures Concept." The purpose of using the Co-Related Procedures Concept is to provide the
instructor additional time to teach surgical procedures as well as avoid repetition.))
Introduces the fundamentals of surgical microbiology. Topics include: historical development of microbiology; microscopes; cell structure and theory; microbial function and classification; human and pathogen relationships, infectious processes and terminology; defense mechanisms; infection control and principles of microbial control and destruction.
Introduces the fundamentals of intraoperative pharmacology, and emphasizes concepts of anesthesia administration. Topics include: weights and measurements, drug conversions, interpretation of drug orders, legal aspects of drug administration, intraoperative pharmacologic agents, and anesthesia fundamentals.
Introduces the core general procedures, including the following: incisions; wound closure; operative pathology; and common complications as applied to general and specialty surgery. Topics include: introduction to surgical procedures; general surgery and special techniques; obstetrical and gynecological surgery; gastrointestinal surgery; genitourinary surgery; and otorhinolaryngologic surgery.
Continues development of student knowledge and skills applicable to specialty surgery areas. Topics include: ophthalmic surgery; thoracic surgery; vascular surgery; cardiovascular surgery; neurosurgery; and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experience with basic skills necessary to the surgical technologist. Topics include,
but are not limited to: scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and draping; assistance with patient care; processing of instruments and supplies;
maintenance of a sterile field; and environmental sanitation. In addition, introduces the development of surgical team participation through
clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on observation and/or participation in routine procedures for core and specialty surgery. Topics
include: general surgery (to include gastrointestinal), cardiothoracic surgery, otorhinolaryngologic surgery (ENT), ophthalmic surgery (Eye),
genitourinary surgery, neurological surgery, obstetrical and gynecological surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery,
peripheral vascular surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and procurement/transplant surgery. The total number of cases the student
must complete is 120. Students are required to complete 30 cases in the General Surgery specialty. Twenty of the cases must be in the First
Scrub Role. Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and
evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one
surgical specialty. Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory, but up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and
5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases. Cases that are in the Observation role
must be documented but do not count towards the minimum of 120 total cases.
Introduces the development of surgical team participation through clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on observation/participation in routine procedures and procedures for general and specialty surgery. Topics include: participation in and/or observation of general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obstetrical and gynecological surgery, genitourinary surgery, head and neck surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Contines the introdution the development of surgical team participation through clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on observation/participation in routine procedures and procedures for general and speciality surgery. Topics include: participation in and/or observation of general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, genitourinary surgery, head and neck surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Provides opportunities for students to complete all required Surgical Technology procedures through active participation in surgery in the clinical setting. Topics include: independent case preparation and implementation of intraoperative skills as primary scrub on specialty surgical procedures; participation as a surgical team conducting ophthalmic, orthopedic, thoracic, vascular, cardiovascular, and neurosurgery procedures; independent case preparation and implementation of intraoperative skills; and demonstration of employability skills.
Prepares students for entry into careers as surgical technologists and enables them to effectively prepare for the national certification examination. Topics include: professional credentialing, certification review, and test-taking skills.