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Surgical Technology - Associate In Applied Science

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Fascinated with the human body? Work well under pressure? Consider a career in the operating room as a surgical technologist.

Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, sterilize and arrange equipment, and help doctors and nurses during surgeries. Once the operation is complete, surgical technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. Post-operative responsibilities may include helping transfer the patient to a recovery room and restocking the operating room.

About the Program

Delta’s surgical technology program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program’s foundation includes courses in anatomy and physiology (A & P), microbiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology. Your training will include the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, how to set up technical or robotic equipment, and preventing and controlling infections. In addition to classroom study, you will also work in supervised clinical settings in an area hospital to gain hands-on experience.

Careers and Job Outlook

Most employment opportunities are in hospitals, but some surgical technologists work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012- 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

State of Michigan yearly earnings: $40,460

Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System

National average earnings: $41,790

Source: 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh

What are students saying?

"You can never be completely prepared and I know I will encounter many challenges, but I am ready to tackle them head on!" – Angela Hunter

"My instructors taught me real life experiences that I can apply to my career. I feel confident and ready to go out into the working world." – Kelly Frendscho

Find Out More

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Rebecca Hall
Program Coordinator
989-686-9505
rebeccahall@delta.edu




Surgical Technology - Associate In Applied Science


Program Code: AAS.20549

The Surgical Technologist’s primary function is to provide a safe, therapeutically effective environment for the surgical patient by assisting the surgeon and performing related services in the operating room. This program is accredited by CAAHEP and graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
______________
BIO 203W4General Microbiology ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
HSC 1402Basic Medical Emergencies ______________
______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course (As of fall 2007) AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course (As of fall 2007) ______________
______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
______________
PSY 101W3Applied Psychology ______________
OR ______________
PSY 211W(4)General Psychology ______________
OR ______________
SOC 211W(3)Principles of Sociology ______________
______________
ST 1003Introduction to Health Care Service ______________
33/35Subtotal

Clinical Courses

First Semester

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ST 2072Pharmacology in the Operating Room ______________
ST 2102The Surgical Patient ______________
ST 2206Fundamentals of Surgical Technology ______________
ST 2304Surgical Anatomy ______________
ST 2404Operative Procedures ______________
18Subtotal

Second Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ST 25012Clinical Externship ______________
ST 251W3Operating Room Seminar ______________
15Subtotal



66/68Total Credits


Notes

1 - As an applicant, you must be a high school graduate or submit a GED equivalency certificate.
2 - Validation requirements: (a) LEVEL 4 READING competency; (b) LEVEL 5 MATH Competency. Math courses are to have been taken within the last five years. (c) Successful completion of each of the prerequisite courses (listed in note #2 above).
3 - Application: See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required process.
4 - PRIOR to beginning clinical, you MUST have CPR certification, which includes the Two-Person Rescuer Technique. CPR certification must be renewed per program and health care agency's requirements.
5 - Upon acceptance, a negative TB skin test and current physical examination must confirm that you cannot transmit or are free from communicable diseases and are capable of performing the duties necessary for safe patient care. Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver is needed prior to clinical rotations.
6 - You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each clinical course to be eligible to continue in this program. These courses must be taken in the sequence shown and enrollment in these courses is by permission only.
7 - When in the clinical phase of the program, you must have transportation available, as sites may not be in your community.
8 - There will be additional expenses for uniforms that will be explained during Orientation.
9 - You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities. The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
10 - Student reentry procedures are printed in the Student Handbook given to all clinical students.
11 - Also see "Dual Degrees."
12 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for all courses for the degree.
13 - BIO 152W and BIO 153W are key courses and must be completed within 10 years of completing the degree. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to complete an approved Biology course(s). See graduation requirements in catalog.
14 - Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the courses BIO 152W and BIO 153W or BIO 240 and BIO 241, BIO 203W, ENG --- Comp I, HSC 105, HSC 140, PSY 101W or PSY 211W or SOC 211, and ST 100 and the "Validation Application".
15 - B IO 152W and BIO 153W (or BIO 240 and BIO 241) are key courses and must be completed within 10 years of completing certificate or degree. Failure to complete within the stated timeframe will require you to repeat these courses.



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