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A.A.S. Degree - Career Program


School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

MCC Program Code: SG01
CIP Code: 51.0909
NYSED Code (BRI): 37273

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This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

The Surgical Technology program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree. This program is designed to prepare Surgical Technologists who practice under medical supervision to facilitate safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. The individual works as a member of the surgical team under the supervision of the circulating nurse and surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Graduates of Surgical Technology programs are prepared to work in a variety of settings including inpatient hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgery centers, emergency rooms and central supply.

The curriculum leading to the A.A.S. degree is comprised of 64 credits. The program consists of liberal arts and sciences and surgical technology courses. As the student progresses through the curriculum, classroom theory is applied to clinical practice in the operating room setting. A grade of C or better is required for satisfactory completion of all Biology (BIO) and Surgical Technology (SGT) courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Current CPR certification for the professional rescuer is required for courses with a clinical component (SGT 201 and SGT 202).

The program of study must be completed within five years of matriculation. A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required Surgical Technology courses for continued matriculation in the program. No student may progress to the next Surgical Technology course level without successful completion of all courses in the previous level. Completion of Medical requirements, clearance of existing health problem(s) and ability to meet essential functions (physical & mental demands) of the program, vaccination against seasonal flu, Hepatitis B, and meningitis vaccination must be met for admission and continuation in the program. Medical requirements, including PPD (or negative x-ray), proof of immunity to varicella, and immunizations, must be met throughout the duration of the program in order for the student to attend clinical. Surgical Technology is a high demand, competitive program. Readmission to the program is not automatic and is dependent on several factors. Students seeking readmission to the program (or seeking admission after unsuccessful attempts in a program at another college) should contact the Surgical Technology Program Director for information. Readmission, if approved is always on a space available basis. Current CPR Certification for two person professional rescuer, which includes infant, child, adult, and automated external defibrillator (AED) is required for all students. Only American Heart Association, BLS for Health Care Providers (CPR & AED) (2 year) or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer (CPR & AED) (1 year) Certification is acceptable. Proof of certification must be submitted to the department at least one month prior to starting the program. Current certification must be maintained throughout the duration of program. Students need to complete any TRS or ESL courses prior to enrollment in the program. Student must have current health insurance to participate in the program. The fee for health insurance will be added to tuition if students do not provide proof of insurance prior to the start of program.
(Housed in the Nursing Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, the graduate will:
1.Apply appropriate medical knowledge and terminology in the perioperative setting, which could include one or more of the following disciplines: human anatomy, human physiology, pathophysiology, or microbiology.
2.Demonstrate theoretical and practical proficiency in performing the typical duties of a surgical technologist (such as surgical aseptic technique, surgical procedures, or patient care).
3.Apply knowledge of instrumentation and appropriate use in surgical procedures during perioperative care.
4.Discuss basic concepts of pharmacology.
5.Express the value of continued professional growth in developing a plan for life-long learning.
6.Practice correct aseptic technique.
7.Identify and correct breaks in aseptic technique.
8.Complete a full pre-operative inventory and preparation of surgical supplies and equipment.
9.Conduct proper sterilization of supplies and equipment as part of the pre-operative preparation.
10.Function in the "First-Scrub" role on basic surgical procedures.
11.Participate actively in the scrub role in a variety of procedures across surgical specialty areas as permitted by hospital policy.
12.Participate in post-operative activities for various surgical procedures, as permitted by hospital policy.
13.Identify potential and existing safety hazards in an operating room environment.
14.Prepare and handle drugs and solutions properly (which may include following hospital or legal standards) under the supervision of a registered nurse.
15.Communicate effectively in a variety of settings or situations.
16.Assist with circulating duties.
17.Exhibit personal qualities of teamwork.
18.Express the personal qualities of empathy and respect for patients and co-workers.
19.Demonstrate the values of dependability and integrity consistent with the standards of the workplace.
20.Adhere to the standards of accountability for those practicing in the surgical professions.
21.Exhibit effective critical thinking skills (such as problem-solving, good judgment, etc.) when providing care to achieve established goals.
22.Apply physical fitness principles and practice to a personal wellness plan.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
High School Diploma or GED
MCC Level 8 Mathematics Placement or MTH 104 with a grade of C or better. (Recommended high school course Algebra II with Trigonometry with a grade of 75 or higher)
Required Courses: High School Biology with a grade of C or better, and High School Chemistry with a grade of C or better or the equivalent MCC courses (BIO 133/132, CHE 100)
BIO 144, BIO 145 and BIO 202 grades must be no more than seven years old with a grade of 'C' to be considered when the applicant is accepted for admission into the Surgical Technology program.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
BIO 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MTH 165 College Algebra or higher* 3
HIM 104 Medical Terminology 3
SGT 100 Introduction to Surgical Technology 4
SGT 110 Foundations of Surgical Technology# 1
Total 15
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3
PHL 250 Professional Ethics 3
SGT 101 Surgical Pharmacology and Anesthesia 2
SGT 102 Principles and Practices in Surgical Technology 5
Total 17
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - WR 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
Total 7
BIO 235 Pathophysiology3
SGT 201 Surgical Procedures#10
Total 13
SGT 202 Specialty Surgical Procedures#10
SGT 210 Professional Issues and Certification for Surgical Technology# 2
Total 12
ADVISEMENT NOTE: Completion of all listed with a grade of C or better each semester is required for advancement to the next semester. Students must complete BIO and SGT courses following the semester sequence; BIO courses may be previously completed.
*Courses must satisfy MCC-QL.
#MCC-HW is covered in a series of courses (SGT 110, SGT 201, SGT 202, and SGT 210), with a capstone assignment in SGT 210 where students must submit for grading a personal wellness plan that reflects their fulfillment of the outcome.

Revised 02/11/2019

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