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Surgical Technician

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This program is for people interested in performing the duties of a Surgical Technician. Graduates of this program are prepared as entry level practitioners in surgical technology. Graduates will work in operating room suites assisting in the preparation of supplies (instrumentation, draping, etc.) and the delivery of care (skin preparation, positioning, counts, dressing materials, specimen care, etc.) to the surgical patient.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To provide students with the skills they need for employment in a perioperative setting as a surgical technician
  • Students will demonstrate broad knowledge of integration of theory and practice regarding surgical procedures.
Goal 2 To provide students with the skills necessary to interact effectively with members of the surgical team in the perioperative setting
  • Students will demonstrate interpersonal communication skills within the clinical setting.
  • Students will complete the MVCC Diversity and Global View Graduation Requirements.
Goal 3 To provide students with the knowledge of the legal and ethical codes pertaining the perioperative setting as a surgical technician
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of appropriate legal and ethical behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate of HIPPA regulations.
  • Students will demonstrate practice in the clinical setting that follow the HIPPA guidelines.
Goal 4 To provide students with the knowledge they need for employment in a perioperative setting as a surgical technician
  • The students will secure employment as a surgical technician in the perioperative setting with one year of graduation.
Goal 5 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
4.5
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology r its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR103 Medical Terminology
This course concentrates on spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning of medical word components, common terms used in selected body systems, and medical abbreviations. See when this course is offered ...
1.0
AH120 Surg Tech Clinical Seminar
This course introduces the role of the surgical technician and its integration with other hospital departments. Emphasis is placed on observation of Operating Suites, Central Sterile Processing, Endoscopy, Labor and Delivery, and Materials Management departments. Concentration is placed on how these departments prepare and deliver patient care and supplies for operative procedures. Equipment and Instrumentation decontamination, tray set ups, and instrument identification as well as packaging and sterilization processes are covered. Corequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology1, AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians, and AH140 surgical Technician Skills/Surgical Procedures See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AH130 Fund-Surgical Technicians
This course provides an in-depth look at the integration of the surgical technician surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel delivering patient care. Concentration is placed on the integration and application of patient care concepts and the responsibilities of sterile and non-sterile personnel addressed in procedural content, clinical practice guidelines, and case-level requirements. Corequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, AH120 surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, AH140 Surgical Technician Skills/Surgical Procedures See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AH140 Surg Tech Skills/Surg Proc
This course reviews primary surgical specialties with an emphasis in each surgical specialty focusing on anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic intervention, and surgical interventions. Surgical interventions include special patient care considerations, room set-ups, anesthesia, positioning, skin prep, draping, incision and approach, supplies, equipment instrumentation, procedural steps, counts, dressing materials, specimen care, and postoperative destination and care. Surgical specialties include General, Obstetric and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Oral and Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive, Genitourinary, Orthopedics, Cardiothoracic, Peripheral Vascular, and Neurosurgery. Corequisites: AH120 surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians, and BI106 Anatomy & Physiology 1 See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
7.0
AH230 Surg Tech Clinical Practice 1
In this course, students are partnered with experienced Surgical Technicians and are expected to transition from an observer to an active role during surgical procedures. Primary surgical specialties are the focus, e.g., General Surgery, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Otorhinolaryngology, and Genitourinary. Surgical interventions include special patient care considerations, room setups, anesthesia, positioning, skin prep, draping, incision and approach, supplies, equipment instrumentation, procedural steps, counts, dressing materials, specimen care, and postoperative destination and care. Prerequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, MR103 Medical Terminology, AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, and AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians. Corequisites: BI107 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 and AH220 Surgical Technician Skills Surgical Procedures. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
BI209 Basc Pathophysiol
This course examines the physiological consequences of various disease states. Diseases are treated as threats to homeostasis. The effects of pathology on normal bodily processes are discussed at various organizational levels, including biochemical, cellular, histological, and organ systems. This course is designed for allied health students. Prerequisites: BI106 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. Corequisite: BI107 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2. See when this course is offered ...
4.5
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Dean of Life and Health Sciences thirty days before beginning this course. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MR208 Pharm for Allied Health
This course covers the pharmacological, pathophysiological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes the concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in healthcare. Discussions include pharmacological agents and the diagnostics test(s) used for disease processes, the selection of a particular pharmacological intervention, how its effectiveness is monitored using diagnostic interventions, and the value of laboratory tests. Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
Summer Session
7.0
AH240 Surg Tech Clinical Practice 2
This course is the continuation of AH230 Surgical Technician Clinical Practice 1. Students are partnered with experienced Surgical Technicians and are expected to take a more active role during surgical procedures. Surgical specialties include General Surgery, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Otorhinolaryngology, and Genitourinary. Surgical interventions include special patient care considerations, room setups, anesthesia, positioning, skin prep, draping, incision and approach, supplies, equipment instrumentation, procedural steps, counts, dressing materials, specimen care, and postoperative destination and care. Prerequisite: AH230 Surgical Technician Clinical Practice 1. See when this course is offered ...


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