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Surgical Technology (STEC)

Enrollment in the Surgical Technology Program courses is limited to those students who have been selected and admitted to the program. Program courses are sequenced by semester and must be taken as a group each semester per program requirements and policies

101: Orientation to Surgical Technology. (1-1-0)
This is the initial orientation to the field of Surgical Technology. It introduces the student to the role of the surgical technologist, the OR environment, and proper communication and teamwork.

102/102L: Introduction to Surgical Techniques. (4-3-3)
This is the second course in the STEC program, building on STEC 101. It continues educating the student on the equipment and furniture commonly found in the OR and on work place safety. This also introduces the student to asepsis and sterile technique and the role of each member of the surgical team, as well as basic instrumentation, scrubbing, gowning, gloving, positioning, prepping, draping and correct sponge, sharps, and instrument counts.

110: Surgical Procedures I. (3-3-0)
This course covers five surgical procedures. In each procedure, methods and principles are taught which include care of supplies and equipment, principles of patient safety, skin preparation, patient positioning, and draping the operative site. Additionally, students will set up basic and case-specific instruments and equipment and utilize them in mock surgical procedures.

111: Clinical Specialties. (3-3-0)
This course continues from STEC 102 by building on previous learning and providing the student with additional technical knowledge and skills utilized by surgical technologists including patient transport, transfer and positioning, suture selection and preparation, operating room safety and environmental hazards, and receiving medications to the sterile field.

112: Surgical Practicum I. (6 hrs. credit)
Students participate as a member of the surgical team with one-to-one, hands-on instruction from a surgical technician preceptor.

120: Surgical Procedures II. (3-3-0)
This course covers the last five of ten surgical procedures. In each procedure, methods and principles are taught which include care of supplies and equipment, principles of patient safety, skin preps, patient positioning, and draping of the operative site. Selected mock surgeries will be performed in the mock OR lab.

121: Surgical Specialties and Review. (3-3-0)
This course introduces the student to laser and endoscopic surgeries, as well as the basic principles of computers, electricity, physics, and robotics, as applied in the surgical field. There will be an overall review of the curriculum in preparation for taking the national certification exam.

122: Surgical Practicum II. (6 hrs. credit)
Students participate as a member of the surgical team with one-to-one, hands-on instruction from a surgical technician preceptor.

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