STS 0810

Surgical Technology I (18)

Vocational hours: 550

Prerequisite: STS 0003

Classification: PSAV

Satisfactory clinical evaluation in STS 0003, current CPR/BLS certification and OSHA/AIDS/Bloodborne Pathogens/TB/Infection Control and Biohazardous Waste Certificate are required. This course focuses on expanding the basic principles from STS 0003 to include specific patient preparation as related to each specialty. Information is obtained on operative procedures, pathology that indicates surgical intervention, methods of anesthesia, different types of incisions, special equipment, instruments and supplies. Also covered are diagnostic procedures and complications of each surgical procedure, and information associated with emergency situations and radiation. Information is obtained and discussed on employability skills. This course is designed to provide the student with standard level of competency in the clinical areas. Clinical practice is coordinated with didactic content. The student will demonstrate learned skills and practice safety in the operating room while scrubbing, assist circulating and second assisting in the following specialty areas: general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, plastic, oral, dental, maxillofacial, thoracic, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, neurosurgery, pediatric, endoscopic, laser and transplant. The student will scrub in the first or second role as defined by the sixth edition core curriculum for Surgical Technology in a minimum of 120 surgical cases. Of the 120 surgical cases, 30 must be in general surgery with 20 of those cases having the student scrub in the first role; the remaining 90 surgical cases will be in various specialties with 60 of those cases having the student scrub in the first role.