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Next Start
03/15/2021

Program Length
20 MONTHS

Next Start
03/15/2021

Program Length
20 MONTHS

BECOME A VALUED MEMBER OF THE SURGICAL TEAM

Surgeons need qualified, high-tech assistants to prepare specialized tools and equipment for surgery and help them during operations. With the right Surgical Technologist degree, you could launch an exciting new career in the healthcare field and fill a vital role in surgical procedures.

Our Surgical Technologist program is designed to help you gain entry-level employment as a member of a surgical team under the direct supervision of professional surgeons and nurses. As part of your program, you’ll gain hands-on experience through a clinical externship in a real medical setting.

With your degree, you could be qualified to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and specialty surgical centers.

POTENTIAL CAREER

The surgical technologist program prepares you for a rewarding career1 as a:

  • Surgical technologist

LOCATION

Independence University is conveniently located in Ogden, Utah. You will enjoy easy parking, friendly local faculty and staff, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.

This program is offered at the following location:

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Some of the knowledge and skills² you’ll learn in the Surgical Technologist program include:

  • Surgical technology
  • Systematic surgical procedures
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology and infection control
  • General surgical procedures
  • Surgical pharmacology
  • Surgical asepsis
  • Surgical instruments and supplies
  • Patient care
  • Sensory and plastic surgical
  • procedures
  • Surgical robotics and electronics
  • Medical surgical nursing

Surgical Technologist

With your Surgical Technologist degree, you could be ready to assist surgeons during operations and work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, and specialty surgical centers.

program

Course Name Credits

SUR 100
Anatomy and Physiology I

This course provides a surgically detailed study of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function of the human body. This course explores body plans and regions, as well as body organization. Students will also discuss the normal function of each body system.

Prerequisites: None.

SUR 105
Anatomy and Physiology II

This course continues a surgically detailed study of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function of the human body, as well as the integration of systems to maintain homeostasis. This course includes information on all body systems along with the common conditions that affect them. In addition to discussing the normal function of each body system, students will learn pertinent diagnostic protocols relative to a surgical environment.

Prerequisites: SUR 100 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 260
Clinical Externship and Practicum I

In Clinical Externship & Practicum I, students are supervised very closely during this course by licensed professionals and preceptors and by the college’s clinical instructors to complete the first of three, 160 hours of clinical externship working in the operating room suite of a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or private physician’s office or clinic. Students will receive regular evaluations of skills acquisition by the preceptors and college clinical instructors.

Prerequisites: None.

SUR 261
Clinical Externship and Practicum II

In Clinical Externship & Practicum II, students are supervised very closely during this course by licensed professionals and preceptors and by the college’s clinical instructors to complete the second of three, 160 hours of clinical externship working in the operating room suite of a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or private physician’s office or clinic. Students will receive regular evaluations of skills acquisition by the preceptors and college clinical instructors.

Prerequisites: None.

SUR 262
Clinical Externship and Practicum III

In Clinical Externship & Practicum III, students are supervised very closely during this course by licensed professionals and preceptors and by the college’s clinical instructors to complete the final 160 hours of clinical externship working in the operating room suite of a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or private physician’s office or clinic. Students will receive regular evaluations of skills acquisition by the preceptors and college clinical instructors. Upon successful completion of SUR 262, students will be eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assisting examination for the Surgical Technologist.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all courses.

SUR 245
Computers, Robotics, and Electronics

This course addresses preoperative , intraoperative, and postoperative duties, as well as circulation duties during surgical procedures. Students will also identify and perform basic computer operating skills, as well as develop a basic understanding of electricity, physics, and surgical robotics.

Prerequisites: SUR 215 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 220
General and Minimal Surgical Procedures

Surgical procedures performed in general surgery and in minimal access surgery. Instruments that are used interchangeably in different surgical procedures. Use of a laparoscope. Introduction to general surgical instrumentation of exposure of the anatomy, hemostatis, dissection, removal of tissue, and suturing.

Prerequisites: SUR 102 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 250
Lab Competency and Professional Development

This course is a comprehensive review of surgical modalities and procedures and includes an as introduction to the CDC Universal Precautions recommendations and OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard. Students will utilize this course to prepare for certification, including review, discussion, and problem-solving areas of difficulty. In order to prepare students for their transition to their career, this course will also provide an in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources. Students will explore the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches as a healthcare professional and be prepared for certifications required for employment in the industry.

Prerequisites: None.

MED 101
Medical Terminology

This course introduces students to the terminology used in the medical field by first identifying and defining prefixes, suffixes and root words from their Greek and/or Latin origins and identifies acceptable abbreviations. Emphasizes the further understanding and use of standardized terminology and approved abbreviations in relation to its role in medical documentation and use by third party payers. Completion of this course provides students with mastery of medical terminology and its use and significance in permitting effective communication in the medical field.

Prerequisites: None.

SUR 110
Microbiology and Surgical Asepsis

This course explores various theories, fields of study, and the historical development of the field of microbiology. Students will practice using a microscope to examine and describe the structure, characteristics, and the life and death of different microorganisms. Students will explain host invasion, and immune and general defense mechanisms. Students will also review physical and chemical methods used to protect patients and workers from invasion by pathogenic microbes, as well as how tissues react and are restored to normal function following trauma. This course also teaches the concepts of asepsis, sources of contamination, and the principles of antisepsis and their application. Students will become familiar with surgical conscience and principles of antisepsis and disinfection, and the operation of sterilizers, soaking instruments or scopes, and disinfecting the surgical suite.

Prerequisites: SUR 101 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 200
Pharmacology and Patient Care

This course teaches conversion from the metric system to the apothecaries’ system and performance of basic mathematical calculations. Students will identify, mix, and measure drugs for patient use through the guidance of a registered nurse or medical doctor. Students will review possible anesthetic complications, emergency procedures and the surgical technologist’s responsibility in an emergency situation. Students will also demonstrate proper handling of drugs, administration of anesthesia, clinical manifestations, and emergency procedures. Students will also discuss the surgical technologist’s limits and responsibilities in the area of medication administration. Students will also learn to assess patient needs and review pre- and post-operative routines. This course also teaches related pathophysiology to surgical interventions, analyzing the relationship between cell pathology and disease, and examining hemodynamic disorders, inflammation, and infection.

Prerequisites: SUR 101 or with the consent of the Dean.

CSS 105
Psychology of Motivation

This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).

Prerequisites: None.

SUR 215
Surgical Instrumentation and the Surgical Environment

In this course, students will identify basic instruments by type, function, and name, as well as demonstration of care, handling, and techniques of assembly. Students will demonstrate surgical hand scrub, gowning, and gloving techniques, as well as proper preparation and handling of suture materials, stapling devices, and surgical equipment. This course will also demonstrate how to set up the back table, including circulating, and counting procedures.

Prerequisites: SUR 105 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 230
Surgical Procedures I – General and Laparoscopic Procedures

In this course, students will learn the instruments and supplies used to perform various procedures of surgery dealing with genitourinary, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopedics. The course will catalog surgical procedures associated with each system and will teach the various positions and forms of draping to accomplish these surgical procedures. Students will also discuss the use of a laparoscope. Medical surgical nursing will be explored as related to ambulatory surgery, trends in surgery, anesthesia, and postoperative patient care/pain management.

Prerequisites: SUR 215 or with the consent of the Dean.

SUR 240
Surgical Procedures II – Specialties, Sensory Procedures, and Plastics

In this course, students will learn the instruments and supplies used to perform various procedures of surgery dealing with neurological, cardiologic, and vascular surgery. The course will catalog surgical procedures associated with each system and will teach the various positions and forms of draping to accomplish these surgical procedures. This course also overviews ophthalmic surgical procedures, otorhinolaryngologic surgery, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast surgery, and relevant anatomy. Students will identify indications for surgery, including patient preparation, special equipment, and tissue replacement material and supplies.

Prerequisites: SUR 215 or with the consent of the Dean.

Total Credits
75

general education

Course Name Credits

CMN 205
Communication and Public Speaking

This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on development, delivery, presentation aids, and persuasive speaking.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

PSY 255
Psychology and Emotional Intelligence

This course explores the aims and methods of psychology. Students will learn about human behavior and human development. Students will also explore emotional intelligence and its application in personal and professional relationships. The focus is on recognizing and improvement emotional intelligence. Upon completions, students will develop a plan for self-management and implementation.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits
15
Total Program Credits
90

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Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A DEGREE IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Do you want a career as a valuable member of the surgical team? If so, pursue your degree with IU and launch a fulfilling career as a Surgical Tech. With your Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills to work in hospitals and surgical centers.

As a Surgical Tech, you’ll work under the direct supervision of the circulating nurse in the operating room. You’ll assist with surgical procedures and provide the surgeon with instruments, sutures, sponges, and other equipment as needed. Your education includes a clinical externship which provides you with real-world experience!

Start fresh with a new laptop

At IU, we are committed to your success. That’s why your enrollment includes a new laptop you can use in school and keep after you graduate. We even provide IT support at no cost to you.

Four-week modules instead of four-month semesters

At IU, our courses are taught in four-week modules, which means you can start sooner and focus on fewer courses at a time. IU uses a blended in-class/online learning format which really provides the best of both worlds. You get the personal touch of in-class time with fellow students and your instructor, plus you’ll complete some of your Surgical Tech curriculum online which provides more flexibility for your life.

Need extra help? Your instructors and tutors are there to provide one-on-one support. We want to prepare you for success as a healthcare professional in the exciting field of Surgical Technology.

Skills You'll Gain

As a Surgical Tech student at IU, here’s a sample of the courses you’ll take:

  • Surgical Technology/Patient Care Concepts
  • General and Minimal Surgical Procedures
  • Surgical Pharmacology
  • Surgical Instrumentation and Supplies
  • Sensory and Plastic Surgical Procedures
  • Surgical Suite Operations
  • Surgical Interventions

Independence University is nonprofit, which means we put student needs first. All your courses and tools have been carefully designed to maximize your success. At IU, your educational journey will challenge you but also enrich you as you prepare for future career growth as a Surgical Technician.