Surgical Technology - Associate of Applied Technology Degree

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Prepares students to work as part of a team of surgeons and registered nurses in the operating room. Successful graduates of this program are educated in surgical technology under the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The structured curriculum includes basic sciences, patient care, surgical procedures, and human anatomy combined with clinical rotations in area health care facilities. Classroom instruction, labs, and clinical internships prepare students to assume the role of a perioperative team member in a variety of health care delivery settings. Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology degree, students will be able to:

  • Correlate the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology to their role as a surgical technologist.
  • Use principles and practices related to personal patient safety devices and procedures.
  • Apply the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the operating room team during the perioperative experience.
  • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
  • Demonstrate safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate principles of surgical asepsis as part of the perioperative experience.
  • Analyze the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient in order to address those needs.
  • Perform as a competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and effective learning domains according to ARC/STSA standards.
  • Model the professional attributes of the surgical technologist.

Program Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) has granted accreditation to the Surgical Technology program upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone: 727-210-2350  Fax: 727-210-2354

www.caahep.org

Physical Activity Requirements

Students cannot require use of assistive devices. This occupation requires the ability to stand, sit, and walk for extended periods of time and the ability to lift and hold 50 lbs. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to complete lab requirements, be assigned to a clinical rotation and get a job in this field.

Employability Requirements

Most employers prefer national certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-939. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state registration.

Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Program Length

This program is a combination of on-line, classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.  It is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Students pursuing the AAT degree must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, per the governing body for surgical technology, AST. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must pass multiple background checks. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must have current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification and immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations and CPR should be completed by the first day of class of the third quarter of the SURG courses. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without completion of immunizations. A physical is required for each student prior to clinical rotation. Must be at least 18 years of age by the time clinical experience starts, usually in September and April.

This program requires that the following general education courses be completed prior to beginning the first quarter of SURG courses. These general education courses are BIOL& 241, CAH 102, COLL 102, ENGL& 101. Students must maintain a “B” or better in all general education and Core Allied Health courses.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project.

Program Course List

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

CAH 102Medical Terminology I

5

CAH 105CLComputer Applications

5

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

MAT 108Math for Health Occupations

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

SURG 110Introduction to Surgical Lab

3

SURG 115Introduction to the Surgical Environment

2

SURG 120Care of the Surgical Patient I

2

SURG 128Pharmacology & Anesthesia

3

SURG 145Surgical Lab I

5

SURG 148Operating Room Theory I

5

SURG 150Surgical Environment

2

SURG 152Care of the Surgical Patient II

2

SURG 153Surgical Lab II

5

SURG 154Operating Room Theory II

5

SURG 160Care of the Surgical Patient III

2

SURG 201Operating Room Theory III

5

SURG 205Clinical Preparation

2

SURG 208Microbiology for Surgical Technology

3

SURG 212Surgical Lab III

5

SURG 215Clinical Applications I

5

SURG 220Clinical Applications II

5

SURG 225Clinical Applications III

5

SURG 230Clinical Applications IV

5

SURG 235Seminar I

3

SURG 237Certification Test Preparation I

2

SURG 240CAPSeminar II

3

SURG 242Certification Test Preparation II

2

Total Credit Hours:119