Surgical Technology

Program Plan

The Surgical Technology Program is designed to develop the student through theory, didactic and clinical practice in becoming competent surgical techs and help develop their roll in the community.  The students are selected and begin coursework the beginning of Spring semester and complete with clinical at the end of Fall semester.  The courses run congruously with time off for Spring Break, as well as a week off between the final theory course and the beginning of clinical (late August-early September).

The San Juan College Catalog has a proposed schedule for prerequisites and program course work, as well as course descriptions.


DIDACTIC (Theory & Lab):
Fall and Spring Semesters
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:00am to 12:30am (times may vary)
CLINICAL (Practical Experience):
Summer Semester
Monday through Friday
6:45am to 3:30pm (times and days may vary)

Program Plan

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2013-14 AAS.SURG catalog reference 
2012-13 AAS.SURG catalog reference 
2011-12 AAS.SURG catalog reference 
Surgical Technology
6.0 credits SURG-110: Intro to Surgical Technology
Students will learn tasks and responsibilities of the surgical technologist. Upon completion, they will know aseptic technique, instrumentation and assisting the surgeon in the OR.
Prerequisites: Take SURG-119, PSYC-120, HITP-110, BIOL-121, BIOL-224, BIOL-252, BIOL-253, and ENGL-111. ENGL-211 OR ENGL-218 MATH-114 or Higher COMM-110 OR COMM-111
Offered: SP
6.0 credits SURG-112: 2nd Level to Surgical Tech
Students will learn handling, care and how to choose the right instrument for the specific procedure to be done.
Offered: SP
6.0 credits SURG-114: 3rd Level of Surgical Tech
The student will learn equipment and procedures for General, Gyn-OB, Plastics, ENT, & Eyes.
Offered: SU
6.0 credits SURG-116: 4th Level to Surgical Tech
Students will learn equipment and procedures for Orthopedic, Cardiovascular, Pediatric and Neurosurgery.
Offered: SU
4.0 credits SURG-119: Central Sterile Service Certification
Student will learn tasks and responsibilities of the Central Service Technician and the practice of Sterile Processing. They will learn the process of microorganisms, regulations and standards, infection control, asepsis, water testing, soiled item transportation, decontamination, sterilization, care of all surgical instruments, packaging processes, "flash sterilization", different types of sterilization methods. When students finish this course they will be able to perform all types of sterilization of surgical instrumentation & perform all duties that are required of the Central Service Technician. Upon completion of course and 400 hours of clinical rotation student will be able to sit for certification exam offered through IAHCSMM.
Offered: FASP
1.0 - 6.0 credits SURG-195: Special Topics

Offered: DMND
4.0 credits SURG-210: Introduction to Surgical Tech Clinical
The students will scrub with a preceptor to observe cases, and second scrub. They will learn how to open cases, set up cases and tear down after procedures.
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits SURG-212: 2nd Level to Surgical Tech Clinic
The student will pull procedure cases, rotate through Central Sterile Department, set up rooms, observe, second scrub and some first assist scrubbing.
Offered: FALL
1.0 - 99.0 credits SURG-ELEC: Surgical Elective
3.0 credits SURG-215: 3rd Level to Surg Technology Clinicals
The student will be 2nd scrubbing cases and doing a large amount of 1st scrubbing with a preceptor.
Prerequisites: SURG-212
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits SURG-217: 4th Level to Surg Technology Clinicals
Students will be 2nd scurbbing a little and 1st scrubbing most cases with some cases done independently with a preceptor observing. The student will have 150 cases logged by the end of this course.
Prerequisites: SURG-215
Offered: FALL

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