Surgical Technology

http://www.miracosta.edu/SURG

In the Surgical Technology program, students learn to prepare the patient, operating room, and equipment for surgical procedures. Students learn in the classroom and lab as well as in clinical settings throughout the area. Students must complete three prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better before enrolling in the following surgical technology courses: NURS 151: Body Systems Survey for Health Professions; NURS 155: Basic Medical Terminology; and PHAR 100: Basic Pharmacology. Students must maintain a "C" average or better throughout the program. Career options include employment in hospitals, surgical centers, clinics, and various government agencies.

 

 

Contact Information

Chair: Julie Vignato

Dean: Sandy Comstock

www.miracosta.edu/SURG

Department: Nursing and Allied Health

Office: Building OCT420, 760.795.6796

Full-Time Faculty

Niall Davis
Lillian Edwards

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The degree program includes the completion of a general education (GE) pattern of courses. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained as a result of completing general education, referred to as GE outcomes, can be viewed here.

Surgical Technology Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to promote and maintain a safe environment by integrating surgical asepsis and skill competency to intervene therapeutically for the health of the surgical patient.

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Surgical Technology

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Surgical Technology

This certificate prepares graduates to work on a multidisciplinary team that includes registered nurses and physicians who are caring for patients in an operating room or surgical practice setting.

The program requires one year of study and integrates theory, laboratory simulations, and clinical practice to prepare students to take the National Exam for Certification as a surgical technologist. This exam is taken at MiraCosta College at the end of the program. The student must pay a $240 exam fee to the Association of Surgical Technologists.

Students must take the following three courses before acceptance into the SurgTech Program:
NURS 151Body Systems Survey for Health Professions3
NURS 155Basic Medical Terminology3
PHAR 100Basic Pharmacology--Dosages and Calculations3
Required Courses:
SURG 101Principles of Surgical Technology8
SURG 101LSurgical Patient Care Concepts5
SURG 104Surgical Specialties4
SURG 104LSurgical Procedures1
SURG 105LClinical Practice for Surgical Technology11
Total Units38

Courses

SURG 101: Principles of Surgical Technology

Units: 8
Prerequisites: Admission to the Surgical Technology program; NURS 151, NURS 155, and PHAR 100.
Corequisite: SURG 101L
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 8 hours. (1217.00)

This course introduces the surgical technologist's role in the health care environment. Students develop fundamental team skills required to function as a technologist during the care of patients having surgery. The course focuses on the principles of aseptic techniques and surgical practice and covers basic principles of microbiology. Topics address preparation and practical implications required to perform the steps of an open appendectomy and a closed general laparoscopic surgical procedure, medications commonly used in the care of the surgical client, principles of anesthesia administration, and implications necessary during a surgical procedure's pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases.

SURG 101L: Surgical Patient Care Concepts

Units: 5
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: SURG 101
Enrollment Limitation: Dept. approval
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 15 hours. (1217.00)

This laboratory accompaniment to SURG 101 provides direct, hands-on practice of skills and theory taught in the lecture course. Topics include pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative patient care, instrument and supply preparation, surgical pharmacology, anesthesia concepts, safety considerations, and the basic principles of microbiology, physics, and robotics as they relate to the operating room. Students learn how to prepare and perform the steps of a closed and open general surgical procedure within the surgical technologist's scope of practice. Offered pass/no pass only.

SURG 104: Surgical Specialties

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SURG 101 and SURG 101L.
Corequisite: SURG 104L
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4 hours. (1217.00)

This course covers diagnostic and surgical interventions for patients undergoing surgeries related to specific body systems. It addresses anatomical locations and specific anatomy and pathophysiology related to the system. Topics include the pre-operative and intra-operative course for each surgery, including client positioning, supplies, necessary equipment and instrumentation, diagnostic tests, and procedural steps.

SURG 104L: Surgical Procedures

Units: 1
Prerequisites: SURG 101 and SURG 101L.
Corequisite: SURG 104
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours. (1217.00)

This advanced course covers practical applications of diagnostic and surgical interventions for patients undergoing surgeries related to specific body systems. Students plan, prepare, and anticipate the surgeon's needs for any given surgical procedure. Students experience the pre-operative and intra-operative course for each surgery, including appropriate client positioning, supplies, necessary equipment and instrumentation, procedural steps, and specimen care, in a mock lab setting. Offered pass/no pass only.

SURG 105L: Clinical Practice for Surgical Technology

Units: 11
Prerequisites: SURG 101, SURG 101L, SURG 104, and SURG 104L.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 33 hours. (1217.00)

This course provides students with clinical experience in the operating room as well as with skills necessary to function as beginning surgical technologists. Under direct supervision and guidance of preceptors, students gain proficiency in responding to the needs of the surgical patient during the preoperative, intra-operative, and post-operative phases of a surgical procedure and for serving in various roles, such as first scrub, circulator, and first assistant in the operating room. Offered Pass/No Pass only.

SURG 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

SURG 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.