Surgical Technology

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus (except SRGT 105 online only)
Program begins: Spring only

Program Description

Surgical Technology is a job readiness program for students interested in the exciting environment of the operating room. Surgical technologists work alongside some of the most highly trained medical professionals and possess an expertise in the theory and application of sterile technique. Their combined knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and surgical instrumentation allows them to aid a physician’s performance.

Students receive both theoretical instruction and a clinical internship. Study and degree completion is offered on a two-year or three-year cycle. BSC’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Hwy 19N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350.

Preparation

A strong science background is recommended with high school preparation in the biological sciences, especially anatomy and physiology. Successful students are those able to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations. A strong sense of responsibility, patience, concern for order, manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital.

Program Requirements

The Surgical Technology program is highly selective with limited enrollment. Students first designate Surgical Technology as their intended field of study. Next, they complete one full time semester (at least 12 credit hours) with a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average, including Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (BIOL 220/BIOL 220L) with a “C” or better. The third step is to apply to the program by Nov. 15 prior to spring semester start and participate in an interview. 

Prior to the operating room clinical internship, students will need documentation of immunizations. They must undergo a medical exam and apply to the North Dakota Board of Nursing for placement on the “unlicensed assistive personnel” list. (This process includes a criminal background check.) Students will also be required to have a second state, county, federal and exclusions check, as well as pass a 12 panel drug screen, which will be done through CastleBranch prior to clinical rotation. These checks are completed at the student's cost and are paid directly to CastleBranch. Costs are not covered by BSC tuition and/or fees.

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination offered at the end of sophomore year.

Career Opportunities

Surgical Technologists are in demand across the nation in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, same day surgery centers, labor and delivery suites, medical insurance companies, medical sales companies and sterile supply services.

Career Possibilities: A Surgical Technologist may function in the role of a Surgical Technologist or continue their education to function in the role of a Surgical First Assistant.

The most recent cohort from the BSC Surgical Technology program had a 100% pass rate on the National Certified Surgical Technologist exam.

 

Contacts

Trudy Riehl • Allied Health Campus 261
701-224-5756
Trudy.Riehl@bismarckstate.edu


Vanessa Taylor • Allied Health Campus 265
701-224-5722
Vanessa.Taylor@bismarckstate.edu

SRGT 105. Medical Terminology for Surgical Technology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Three semester credit hours of lecture per week. This course will cover the basic knowledge of medical terminology that the surgical technologist needs to function effectively in the health care setting. The student will learn correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. The 12 body systems are reviewed with emphasis on the terminology of anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment for each system. Symbols and abbreviations used in medical terminology are identified throughout the course. This is an open enrollment course for any interested student. It does not require admission to the Surgical Technology program, nor does enrollment in this course guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology program.

SRGT 110. Introduction to Surgical Technology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 220 and BIOL 220L.
Corequisites: SRGT 120, SRGT 130 and SRGT 125L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
SRGT 110 will cover the fundamentals of working as a surgical technologist. Included will be discussions of the surgical technologist and the field of surgical technology, professional credentialing, and the disciplines of other surgical team members. The organizational structure of health care facilities and their financing, hospital departments and interdepartmental communication will continue the semester. Surgical suite design, individual operating room design, safety considerations and communication skills for the surgical technologist will complete the semester.

SRGT 120. Introduction to Operating Room Procedures

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 220 and BIOL 220L.
Corequisites: SRGT 110, SRGT 125L and SRGT 130.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course is the introduction to patient care concepts. Introduction to the principles of asepsis, the surgical conscience, and disinfection and antisepsis begin the semester. Included will be discussion of preoperative routines, positioning and prepping the patient, and care of surgical specimens.

SRGT 125L. Introduction to Operating Room Procedures and Materials Lab

Credits: 2
Prerequisites: BIOL 220 and BIOL 220L.
Corequisites: SRGT 110, SRGT 120 and SRGT 130.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course begins with the introduction to the principles of asepsis, surgical conscience, and disinfection and antisepsis. The instrumentation, equipment and other materials utilized by the surgical technologist in the practice setting will be introduced, including the types and function of surgical instruments and equipment, and sterile disposable surgical supplies. Routine procedures for patient preparation and admission to the operating room are practiced. These procedures include patient identification and transportation to the operating room. The semester continues with positioning for surgery and surgical skin preparation, along with instruction in the use of suture and needles, sterile set up, opening and preparation of instruments and supplies for any operative procedure. The semester concludes with the care and handling of surgical specimens and instruction in the use of draping materials for any operative procedure.

SRGT 130. Introduction to Operating Room Materials

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 220 and BIOL 220L.
Corequisites: SRGT 110, SRGT 120 and SRGT 125L.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course covers the instrumentation, equipment and other materials utilized by the surgical technologist in the practice setting, including the types and function of surgical instruments and equipment, and surgical supplies. The semester concludes with instruction on the use of energy sources and minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques.

SRGT 215. Introduction to Pharmacology for Surgical Technology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 221, BIOL 221L, SRGT 110, SRGT 120, SRGT 130 and SRGT 125L.
Corequisites: SRGT 240, SRGT 250, and SRGT 260.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will cover the basic knowledge of pharmacology that the surgical technologist is required to have for safe patient care. The student will identify the various systems of dosage and measurement utilized in standard pharmacology, convert equivalents from one system to another, and accurately identify, prepare and measure drugs for patient use. Definitions of general terminology associated with drug use and the procedures for the care and handling of drugs and solutions will follow. The classifications of drugs, the principles of drug use in the care of surgical patients, and a detailed discussion of anesthesia, including the preoperative drugs, intraoperative anesthetic agents, and complications of anesthesia, will conclude the semester.

SRGT 240. Specialty Surgical Procedures

Credits: 5
Prerequisites: BIOL 221, BIOL 221L, SRGT 110, SRGT 120, SRGT 130 and SRGT 125L.
Corequisite: SRGT 240, SRGT 250 and SRGT 260.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will cover surgical procedures in all surgical specialty areas. Included will be discussion of the preoperative diagnosis and types of incisions and wound closure. The instrumentation, supplies and equipment used in the surgical specialties of general and rectal surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, obstetric and gynecologic surgery and genitourinary surgery will begin the semester. These will be followed by the specialties of ear, nose, and throat surgery, head and neck surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic and hand surgery, and orthopedic surgery. Neurosurgery and thoracic/cardiac surgery will be the next surgical specialties to be covered. The semester will conclude with trauma surgery, transplant surgery, and organ procurement surgery. General pediatric and geriatric aspects of surgery, and endoscopy will be included in each area of surgical specialty.

SRGT 250. Surgical Procedures Lab

Credits: 2
Prerequisites: BIOL 221, BIOL 221L, SRGT 110, SRGT 120, SRGT 130 and SRGT 125L.
Corequisites: SRGT 240, SRGT 215 and SRGT 260.
Typically Offered: FALL
In this class, students will continue to learn about and practice the skills of gowning and gloving, table set-up, and the uses of suture, needles and draping. This lab will cover surgical procedures in all surgical specialty areas. The surgical specialties of general and rectal surgery, obstetric and gynecologic surgery, endoscopic surgery, and genitourinary surgery will begin the semester. These will be followed by ear, nose and throat surgery, head and neck surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and ophthalmic surgery. Orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and hand surgery will be the next surgical specialties to be covered. The semester will conclude with a review of thoracic and cardiac surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, trauma surgery, transplant surgery, and organ procurement surgery. General pediatric and geriatric aspects of surgery will be included in each area of surgical specialty.

SRGT 260. Professional Skills for the Surgical Technologist

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 221, BIOL 221L, SRGT 110, SRGT 120, SRGT 130 and SRGT 125L.
Corequisites: SRGT 215, SRGT 240 and SRGT 250.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will cover the patient's response to illness and hospitalization including the physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of the patient, and the patient's bill of rights. Advanced patient care skills of vital signs, managing emergency situations, and documentation will follow. The semester will continue with personal relations, professional relations, and legal aspects including consent for surgery, ethical and moral responsibilities of the surgical technologist. A discussion of health agencies, accrediting agencies, and job-seeking skills will conclude the semester.

SRGT 280. Operating Room Clinical Internship

Credits: 12
Prerequisites: All other SRGT courses and required General Education courses.
Typically Offered: SPRING
SRGT 280 will allow students to practice the skills, critical thinking, and professional behaviors that comprise competent entry-level surgical technology practice. This experience will take place in a patient care setting. The student performance will include 1st and 2nd scrubbing on minor and major cases, doing counts, basic setups, holding retractors, passing instruments, and assisting operating room personnel. The students will also perform circulating duties, including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care, allowing the student to function in the role of a surgical technologist in the assistant circulator role.