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Surgical Technology Certificate (SRG)
Program Course Descriptions

HLS102 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
Pre: Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Particular emphasis is placed on the normal structure of the various systems and some of the conditions that affect them. (4 hours of lecture per week)
HLS104 Overview of Microbiology
Pre: Communication & Math Proficiencies
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of how microorganisms exist, grow, reproduce and cause disease. This is fundamental to an understanding of the facts and principles essential to safe allied health practice. This course is a necessary basis for all forms of nursing, both basic and advanced, as well as a basis for all surgical technicians. Every procedure perfomed has the ability to transfer infection and initiate some type of disease process. (1 hour of lecture per week)
SRG100 Aseptic Technique Laboratory
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
The laboratory component of the Surgical Technology Program is used to integrate the knowledge and skills learned from the didactic portion of Aseptic Technique 101. This course provides students with the opportunity to practice skills in a practical setting utilizing surgical procedures. This course satisfies no elective requirement.
SRG101 Principles of Aseptic Technique
Pre: Communications & Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: SRG100, 104, 114, HLS102, 104, 106
A comprehensive course to integrate the didactic portion of operating room knowledge and skill for clinical application of surgical technology. Theory for the various components of sterile technique and procedures are taught to maximize clinical performance. Sterility and the operating room environment are reviewed for preparedness into the operating room suite.
SRG104 Patient Care in Surgery
Pre: Communictions & Mathematics Proficiencies
This is a comprehenive study of the principles of asepsis and sterile techniques combined with laboratory practice. The role of the circulating nurse is introduced as well as proper transportation, preparation and handling of supplies, preoperative preparation of the skin and types of anesthetics in the operating room. The students study the variety of equipment and materials used and the specific duties and procedures of the technician including the care and safety of the patient. Also included are the care and handling of special equipment, septic case routines and preparation of the surgical specimens. (6 hours of lecture per week)
SRG106 Medical Terminology for Surgical Technology
Pre: Communications & Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to provide the student with common prefixes, suffixes, and root words used in the medical field. Emphasis is placed upon surgical terminology. (2 hours of lecture per week)
SRG114 Basic Pharmacology
Pre: Communications & Mathematics Proficiencies
This is a study of the nomenclature, dosage, effects and measurement of drugs and medications specifically used during surgery. This course includes aseptic practice, proper drug identification, and clear labeling on the surgical field. (1 hour of lecture per week)
SRG102 Surgical Procedures
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This is a continuation of SRG101 and prepares students to handle surgical cases of the various specialties emphasizing their role in relation to the patient's health while in the operating room.
SRG116 Surgical Care for All Patient Ages
Pre:Commujications and Mathematics Proficiencies; HLS102, 104; SRG100, 101, 104, 106, 114
Co: HLS113, 114; SRG102, 120, 131
This course will provide an overview of peri-operative care and how it applies to children, adolescents, and adults. It will describe and explain the accepted behavior that may occur within the life cycle as the patient undergoes surgery.
SRG120 Operating Room Externship
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
The student completes two rotations at accredited hospitals. During this time the student will gain supervised expereince and will be exposed to many aspects of operating room procedures. The clinical experience consists of four days per week, without renumeration, for the last semester of the school year. (32 hours of clinical experience per week)
SRG131 Vocational Trends for Surgical Technologist
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Designed to teach the students the role of the surgical technologist and the code of ethics and legal issues associated with the operating room. It also provides students the knowledge of how an operating room is managed and reviews the inter-related departments and policies within the hospital. In addition, it prepares students to write a resume, cover letter and a research paper. (15 hours of lecture)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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