Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

SURTEC 1010 Operating Room Techniques I          

This course will introduce the student to the components of effective communication in the operating room. It will include ethical, legal, and moral responsibilities of operating room personnel; terminology; and the history of surgery. The student will be introduced to the principles of sterilization, equipment used in the operating room, and the basics of safe patient care. Students will learn how to perform the surgical scrub as well as gown and glove procedures. Surgical instrumentation, sutures, and procedures will be introduced. Prerequisites: BIOL 0950/0951, BIOL 0970/0971, BIOL 0980/0981.             6 credits

SURTEC 1020- Operating Room Techniques I –Clinical Component

Students will be introduced to disinfection and sterilization procedures and practice such procedures in the operating room and central sterile supply areas. Students will be assigned to the OR’s patient holding area and assist in the preoperative preparation of the surgical patient. Students will transport and position patients for surgery, assist with circulating duties, scrub, gown and glove, and participate in surgical intervention. Prerequisites: BIOL 0950/0951, BIOL 0970/0971, BIOL 0980/0981. 8 credits

SURTEC 1030 Pharmacology       

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles of pharmacology.  Students will identify basic drugs used by the surgical patient, their side effects, and the common dosage. The student will be exposed to  the proper response to drug reactions and demonstrate safe practice when using drugs on the sterile field. The student will also be instructed in the legal responsibilities of the surgical technologist in handling drugs and solutions. Prerequisites: BIOL 0950/0951, BIOL 0970/0971, BIOL 0980/0981. 3 credits

SURTEC 1040 Operating Room Techniques II        

This course is a continuation of SURTEC 1010 Operating Room Techniques 1 and will emphasize advanced procedures. Prerequisites: SURTEC 1010, 1020, 1030. 9 credits

SURTEC 1050 Operating Room Techniques II —Clinical Component             

A continuation of SURTEC 1020 Operating Room Techniques 1—Clinical Component, with more intensive clinical procedures. Prerequisites: SURTEC 1010, 1020, 1030. 8 credits

SURTEC 1060 Operating Room techniques III        

This course is a continuation of SURTEC 1040 Operating Room Techniques 2 and will emphasize additional advanced procedures along with a review of procedures contained within SURTEC 1010 and 1040, Operating Room Techniques 1 and 2. Prerequisites: SURTEC 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050. 3 credits

SURTEC 1070 Operating Room techniques III —Clinical Component            

A continuation of SURTEC 1020 Operating Room Techniques 1—Clinical Component, with more intensive clinical procedures. Prerequisites: SURTEC 1020, SURTEC 1010, SURTEC 1030. This course represents the final clinical component for the surgical technologist program. Proficiency in all clinical procedures will be reinforced and individual competencies assessed. Prerequisites: SURTEC 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050. 3 credits