Course Descriptions

Surgical Technology, AAS

SGT 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4 Cr Hrs

This course introduces the role and functions of proper documentation, post and pre-operative case management, professional and self-management, professionalism, and work place management, scope of practice, patient care standards, death and dying issues, legal and ethics dilemma, risk management and safety, basic computer skills and electricity concepts. Prerequisite:  Completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIO160 Microbiology, CPR101 CPR for Health Care Providers with a passing grade of C or better, and selected into the Surgical Technology program

SGT 107 Pharmacology for Surgical Technology 3 Cr Hrs

This course will provide general pharmacologic information, including how medications are measured, what kind of medications are used, what laws pertain to them, how they are labeled, how they are administered to the surgical patient, and an understanding of preoperative and intraoperative anesthesia as it relates to routine and emergency situations. Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program.

SGT 115 Surgical Procedures I 4 Cr Hrs

Coordinates study of theoretical and practical applications of various surgical procedures. Emphasis is placed on pathology, a methodical approach to surgical procedures and preparation and application of aseptic techniques with extensive laboratory experience to develop critical skills that are required to function in the operating-room environment. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment with SGT120 Principles & Practices in Surgical Technology

SGT 119 Surgical Technology -  Clinical Experience I 4 Cr Hr

Students are assigned to supervised, non-remunerative clinical practice in hospital operating rooms approximately 24 hours per week.  Emphasis is placed on basic surgical interventions. Includes rotations with circulator preceptor and through central processing, transportation team. Prerequisite:  Completion of all Prerequisite courses and all 1st semester courses with a grade of “C” or better.

SGT 120 Principles and Practices in Surgical Technology 5 Cr Hrs

Presents concepts necessary to prepare students for clinical experience.  Aseptic technique and supplies and equipment are major components of this course. Prerequisite: Completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIO160 Microbiology, CPR101 CPR for Health Care Providers with a passing grade of C or better, and selected into the Surgical Technology program

SGT 125 Surgical Procedures II 5 Cr Hrs

Coordinates study of theoretical and practical applications of various surgical procedures.  Emphasis is placed on pathology, a methodical approach to surgical procedures and preparation and application of aseptic techniques with extensive laboratory experience to develop critical skills that are required to function in the operating room environment. Prerequisite:  Completion of SGT115 Surgical Procedures I with passing grade of C or better.

SGT 129 Surgical Technology Clinical Experience II 5 Cr Hrs

Students are assigned to supervised, non-remunerative clinical practice in hospital operating rooms approximately 24-27 hours per week.  Emphasis is placed on basic and intermediate surgical interventions.  Includes rotations through endoscopy and pre-operative holding units. Prerequisite:  Completion of SGT119 Surgical Technology – Clinical Experience I with a passing grade of C or better

SGT 130 Surgical Technology Clinical Experience III 4 Cr Hrs

Students are assigned to supervised, non-remunerative clinical practice in hospital operating rooms approximately 24-27 hours per week.  Emphasis is placed on basic, intermediate, and advanced surgical interventions.  Includes rotations through labor and delivery, cardiac catheterization lab, and post anesthesia care unit. Prerequisite:  Completion of SGT129 Surgical Technology – Clinical Experience II with a passing grade of C or better

SGT 140 Principles & Practices in Surgical Technology Lab 3 Cr Hrs

Students will demonstrate concepts necessary to prepare students for clinical experience. Aseptic technique and supplies and equipment are major components of this course. Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in SGT120 Principles & Practices in Surgical Technology

SGT 145 Surgical Technologist Exam Review 1 Cr Hr

This course provides a comprehensive review of surgical technology concepts and practical preparation for the national certification examination.

ALH 101 Medical Terminology 3 Cr Hrs

Presents basic principles of medical word-building. The study develops competencies in the basic elements forming medical words, categorizing major suffixes and group prefixes. Anatomical, physiological and pathological terms are reviewed so students better understand special medical procedures. This is the introductory course in medical terminology and is intended for all who desire knowledge in this subject.

BIO 150 Human Anatomy & Physiology 5 Cr Hrs

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory work includes tissue examination, basic physiological experiments and structural identification of all organ systems. Prerequisite:  The student must complete one of the following, BIO 110 Principles of Biology, BIO 100 Biology Review, or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years.  If student has taken a lab science class more than 5 years, the student will be required to enroll in BIO100 Biology Review

BIO 160 Microbiology 5 Cr Hrs

An introduction to microorganisms and their morphology, physiology, genetics and distribution. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of microorganisms to disease and the human immune responses. Techniques involving staining, culturing, identifying and biochemistry are considered in laboratory. Prerequisite: The student must successfully completed one of the following: BIO110 Principles of Biology, BIO110 Biology Review or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years. CHM110 General Chemistry is suggested but not required

CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers 1 Cr Hrs

Designed for practitioners whose primary work environment is in a clinical setting or those providing direct patient care. This is the most comprehensive credential, and it is often a Prerequisite for advanced training courses. Suggested participants include: physicians, dentists, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, medical or nursing assistants and other allied health professionals.

ENG 101 Composition I 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of students. The emphasis is on fundamental principles of written English in structurally correct sentences, paragraphs and expository themes. Critical analysis of essays will be used to aid in developing the student’s thinking, support of thesis and style. Students are introduced to the basic components of research by writing a documented essay in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Prerequisite:  EBS110 English with a minimum grade of “C” or better or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra 3 Cr Hrs

Simplifying algebraic expressions. Solving equations and word problems involving linear and quadratic polynomials, rational expressions, rational exponents and radicals. Graphing linear and quadratic functions. Students must furnish their own TI-83 or TI-84 PLUS graphing calculators. This course does not count toward AS, AA, AGS or AAS degrees to fulfill a math requirement. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of “C” or better in EBS 120 Elementary Algebra or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Cr Hrs

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. Course includes history, basic theories and biological bases of behavior, development, cognitive processes, individual awareness, motivation, emotion, personal adjustment, social psychology, and abnormal psychology and therapies.

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Cr Hrs

An introductory study to acquaint students with the influence and patterns of individuals and group interaction by acquainting students with the development, characteristics and functioning of human groups, the relationships between groups and group influences on individual behavior. It includes the study of how social relationships are created, maintained and changed.

SPH 101 Public Speaking 3 Cr Hrs

Covers fundamental basics to all good private and public speaking experiences and elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise and understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.