The Surgical Technology Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (10501101)

3.00

Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

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GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (10806177)

4.00

Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication in the clinical setting.

Student is highly recommended to have completed two semesters of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry with a "C" or better. All third attempts for enrollment require Dean/Assoc. Dean approval.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (10512125)

4.00

Provides the foundational knowledge of the occupational environment. Principles of sterilization and disinfection are learned. Surgical instruments are introduced. Preoperative patient care concepts are simulated. Lab practice is included.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-806-108 GENERAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY and 10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY. Condition: Accepted into the Surgical Technology Associate Degree program or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 1 (10512126)

4.00

Focuses on preparing the patient and operating room for surgery. Principles of sterile technique are emphasized as the student moves into the scrub role. Lab practice is included.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-806-108 GENERAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, 10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY and 10-512-125 INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY.

EXPLORING SURGICAL ISSUES (10512127)

2.00

Explores a variety of issues related to surgical technology. Emphasis is placed is on becoming a professional member of the surgical team.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-125 INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY and 10-512-126 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 1.

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 2 (10512128)

4.00

Focuses on enhancing surgical technology skills while functioning as a sterile team member. Lab is included.

Pre/Corequisites: 10512126 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 1, 10501101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY, 10512125 INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, 10806197 MICROBIOLOGY, 10512129 SURGICAL PHARMACOLOGY and 10512127 EXPLORING SURGICAL ISSUES.

SURGICAL PHARMACOLOGY (10512129)

2.00

Basic study of drug classifications, care, and handling of drugs and solutions, application of mathematical principles in dosage calculations, terminology related to pharmacology, anesthesia, and drugs used in surgery.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-125 INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY and 10-512-126 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 1.

SURGICAL SKILLS APPLICATION (10512130)

2.00

Provides a transition from the academic to the clinical setting. Learners integrate the surgical technologist skills as they apply to various surgical procedures.

Pre/Corequisites: 10512125 INTRO TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, 10512126 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 1, 10512128 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 2 and 10512129 SURGICAL PHARMACOLOGY.

MICROBIOLOGY (10806197)

4.00

Investigates historical perspectives of microbiology, microscopy, characteristics of procaryotic and eucaryotic microorganisms, control of microbial growth, microbial genetics, and classification of microorganisms, principles of disease, epidemiology, immunology and pathogenic microbiology.

Prerequisites: Letter grade of "C" or better in 10-806-177 GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY or 10-091-172 VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY and 10-091-214 VERTEGRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

Learners develop and apply skills in all aspects of the writing process. Through a variety of learning activities and written documents, learners employ rhetorical strategies, plan, organize and revise content, apply critical reading strategies, locate and evaluate information, integrate and document sources, and apply standardized English language conventions.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS 1 (10512131)

4.00

Provides the foundational knowledge of surgical core and specialty procedures. Examines the pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, health sciences, and surgical techniques for a variety of procedures.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-128 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 2 and 10-512-130 SURGICAL SKILLS APPLICATION.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 1 (10512132)

3.00

Apply basic surgical theories, principles, and procedural techniques in the operating room. Students begin to function as team members under the guidance of the instructor and authorized clinical personnel.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-128 SURGICAL TECH FUNDAMENTALS 2 and 10-512-130 SURGICAL SKILLS APPLICATION.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 2 (10512133)

3.00

Further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-132 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 1 and 10-512-131 SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS 1.

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 3 (10512135)

3.00

Further experience in a clinical setting allows the student to continue to improve technical skills while accepting more responsibilities during surgical procedures.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-512-133 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 2 and 10-512-131 SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS 1.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 4 (10512136)

3.00

During this clinical course the student will function relatively independently. Serves as a transition from a student perspective to an employee by utilizing advanced skills for an entry level Surgical Technologist.

Prerequisite: 10-512-135 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 3 and 10-512-142 SURGICAL INTEVENTIONS 2.

SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS II (10512142)

4.00

Expands knowledge of core and specialty surgical procedures by incorporating pathophysiology, diagnostic interventions, health sciences, and surgical techniques.

Prerequisite: 10-512-131 SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS 1 and 10-512-133 SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL 2.

INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

This course introduces the study of diversity from a local to a global perspective using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that encourages exploration and prepares students to work in a diverse environment. The course introduces basic diversity concepts, examines the impact of bias and power differentials among groups, explores the use of culturally responsive communication strategies, and compares forces that shape diversity in an international context.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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