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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.

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 HIPAA regulations.
  • Students will demonstrate practice in the clinical setting that follow the HIPAA 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.

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Total Credit Hours: 36

First Semester

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. High School Biology or its equivalent is recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework.

This course includes a study of the language of medicine, including roots, prefixes and suffixes and the proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. All body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body are covered. An introduction to pharmacology (medications) is included. (Online Only)

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: AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians, AH140 Surgical Technician Skills/Surgical Procedures, and BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1.

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: AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, AH140 Surgical Technician Skills/Surgical Procedures, and BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1

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 setups, 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. Corequisite: AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians, and BI216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.

Second Semester

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: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, HM100 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals, AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar, AH130 Fundamentals for Surgical Technicians and AH140 Surgical Technician Skills Surgical Procedures. Corequisites: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2.

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: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. Corequisite: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2. (Online Only)

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 Associate Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

This course covers pathophysiological, pharmacological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in health care. Pathophysiology of the normal body systems is covered. Topics include pharmacological agents, diagnostic tests and interventions, pharmacological

intervention selection, and value of laboratory tests. (Online Only)

Prerequisites: BI216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and HM100 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. Corequisite: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2.

Summer Session

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.

Note: HM100, HM120, and BI209 are online only

Recommendation:

  • High school chemistry with lab component or its equivalent (Regents score of 70 or higher or high school score of 70 or higher within 10 years of admission to the Surgical Technician Program.)
  • High school biology or its equivalent is recommended.

Prerequisites:

The following requirements must be met before acceptance into the program:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • An appropriate MVCC Mathematics Placement test result.
  • Proof of current Health Care Provider CPR certification must be on file from the American Heart Association.
  • The Health Physical Assessment form must be completed and on file by August 1 for Fall admission.
  • Prerequisites taken at MVCC or at other institutions must have a minimum grade of “C” (70) within the last 7 years.
  • Schedule an appointment with the School of Health Sciences. Call 315-792-5499 for an appointment.

Other requirements:

  • Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the College, is required and payable at registration.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned health care agency for externships.
  • Health Care Provider CPR must be kept current while attending the program.
  • A dress code exists and identified items (protective eyewear, picture ID, “sturdy” shoes and support hose) are required before entering AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar. Students are required to purchase “scrubs.”
  • Minimum grade of “C” (70) required in all Surgical Technician specific courses and a minimum grade of “C” (70) in Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible to graduate from this program.
  • Graduation from the Surgical Technician program does not guarantee national certification at this time.
  • Students with legal charges pending or who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may have their credentialing delayed or denied.
  • Students unable to complete Surgical Technician certificate coursework at MVCC may face barriers to completion,  credentialing or employment; therefore, it is highly recommended for these students to meet with the Dean of Health Sciences to discuss implications.