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Associate of Occupational Science in Surgical Technology

Overview

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 51.0909

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-2055.00

Quarter Credits: 96.0

Clock Hours: 1600

Method of Delivery: Blended

Number of Weeks: 80*

*Weeks May Be Extended Depending On Holiday Schedules

Career Training Objective

The goal of the Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Surgical Technology program is the preparation of competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains needed to assist with surgical patient care.

The program achieves the primary educational objectives through lectures combined with text, visual aids, and personal experiences of the faculty. The syllabi are such that they allow both depth and scope and adequate time to fully cover each subject. Objectives are reviewed regularly and consistently to make certain they are met. 

Select core courses in the Surgical Technology program will be in a blended delivery format. Blended courses combine traditional or face-to-face classroom instruction with an online learning environment to optimize the learning experience of the user. Blended courses are indicated by an asterisk (*) in the course listings below.

In preparation for the blended courses, students must:

  1. Complete the online New Blended Student Tutorial, which includes exercises for students to test accessibility and become familiar with navigation in all areas of blended courses;
  2. Meet the specific computer requirements with acceptable hardware and software configuration and internet access as noted under admissions requirements.

“Cognitive Domain.” The student will: 1) understand the fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Infectious Process and relate these to safe patient care practices; 2) understand the principles of safe patient care in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings; and 3) recognize the Surgical Technologist’s independent role with the other team members and ancillary service providers.

“Psychomotor Domain.” The student will: 1) develop and apply fundamental surgical-assisting skills through practice and evaluation in clinical settings; 2) effectively and accurately apply the principles of asepsis across the range of common surgical experiences; and 3) apply standard precautions and other recognized safe practice guidelines in all surgical settings.

“Affective Domain.” The student will: 1) appreciate the variety of patients’ needs and the impact of their personal, physical, emotional, and cultural experiences in providing patient care; 2) demonstrate professional responsibility in performance, attitude, and personal conduct; and 3) provide optimal patient care within the confines of the health care community.

The Surgical Technologist functions in association with nurses and surgeons as part of the operating room team to provide care to the patient during the crucial periods of surgery. The Surgical Technologist must create and maintain a safe operating room environment through aseptic surgical techniques. The Surgical Technologist must know the fundamental steps and routine procedures needed to assist the surgeon in the use of surgical instrumentation. Maintaining the equipment and sterile supplies needed to successfully complete each operation is essential to perform efficiently as a member of the surgical team.

The training program is divided into eight 10-week quarters. Clinical experience in hospital settings and surgery centers is required for successful completion of the program, and these clinical rotations total 600 hours (300 hours in quarter VII and 300 hours in quarter VIII). Each quarter is comprised of prescribed subjects or studies that build upon each other.

To complete the program, students must sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Graduates will qualify for employment as entry-level Surgical Technologists with hospitals and surgery centers.

Completion of the program is acknowledged by the awarding of an Associate of Occupational Science degree.

Instructional Equipment List

  • Anatomical Model
  • Back Tables
  • Caps
  • Face Shields
  • Gloves/Gowns
  • Gurney
  • Laparoscopic Instruments
  • Major Tray
  • Masks
  • Mayo stands
  • Minor Tray
  • OR Table
  • Shoe covers
  • Major Tray

 

Program Outline

Program Locations: Los Angeles and Ontario

General Education Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credits

ANAT205-L Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab 40 2.0
ANAT205 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 20 2.0
ENGL110 Written Communications I 40 4.0
MATH110 College Mathematics I 40 4.0
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 40 4.0
 

Totals

180

16.0

Course Number: ANAT205-L

Title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 2.0

Course Number: ANAT205

Title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Clock Hours20
Quarter Credits 2.0

Course Number: ENGL110

Title Written Communications I
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: MATH110

Title College Mathematics I
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

Course Number: PSYC110

Title Introduction to Psychology
Clock Hours40
Quarter Credits 4.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

180

Quarter Credits

16.0

Core Courses

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Clinical Hours

Quarter Credits

ANAT235 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 20 0 2.0
ANAT235-L Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab 40 0 2.0
CAREER200 Career Advantage* 20 0 2.0
MEDA150 Medical Law and Ethics 40 0 4.0
SURG100 Introduction to Surgical Technology 40 0 4.0
SURG111 Surgical Techniques I 40 0 4.0
SURG111-L Surgical Techniques I Lab 80 0 4.0
SURG131-L Surgical Techniques II Lab 80 0 4.0
SURG140 General Microbiology 40 0 4.0
SURG200 Pharmacology 40 0 4.0
SURG210 Pathophysiology I 40 0 4.0
SURG230 Pathophysiology II 40 0 4.0
SURG251 Clinical Orientation 40 0 4.0
SURG251-L Clinical Orientation Lab 80 0 4.0
SURG260 Surgical Procedures I 80 0 4.0
SURG270 Surgical Procedures II 80 0 4.0
SURG281 Clinical Practicum I 300 300 10.0
SURG291 Clinical Practicum II 300 300 10.0
SURG296 National Certification Review* 20 0 2.0
 

Totals

1420

600

80.0

Course Number: ANAT235

Title Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: ANAT235-L

Title Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: CAREER200

Title Career Advantage*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

Course Number: MEDA150

Title Medical Law and Ethics
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG100

Title Introduction to Surgical Technology
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG111

Title Surgical Techniques I
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG111-L

Title Surgical Techniques I Lab
Clock Hours80
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG131-L

Title Surgical Techniques II Lab
Clock Hours80
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG140

Title General Microbiology
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG200

Title Pharmacology
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG210

Title Pathophysiology I
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG230

Title Pathophysiology II
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG251

Title Clinical Orientation
Clock Hours40
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG251-L

Title Clinical Orientation Lab
Clock Hours80
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG260

Title Surgical Procedures I
Clock Hours80
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG270

Title Surgical Procedures II
Clock Hours80
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits4.0

Course Number: SURG281

Title Clinical Practicum I
Clock Hours300
Clinical Hours300
Quarter Credits10.0

Course Number: SURG291

Title Clinical Practicum II
Clock Hours300
Clinical Hours300
Quarter Credits10.0

Course Number: SURG296

Title National Certification Review*
Clock Hours20
Clinical Hours0
Quarter Credits2.0

TOTALS

Clock Hours

1420

Clinical Hours

600

Quarter Credits

80.0

* Courses offered in a blended format, a combination of online and on ground.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 96.0

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