SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY DEGREE

Program Overview

(Please note: This degree will be offered beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.)

This 66 credit-hour curriculum prepares the student for a career as a Surgical Technologist. Surgical technologists are integral members of the healthcare team, providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as operating rooms and outpatient surgical centers. The surgical technologist works directly under the supervision of the surgeon during invasive surgical procedures to ensure that the operating room environment is fully prepared with surgical instruments, properly functioning equipment and environmental conditions that maximize patient safety.

Students will engage in clinical experiences built upon didactic instruction in healthcare sciences, technological sciences, patient care concepts, and surgical procedures. Because of the nature of clinical experiences, individualized instruction, and specialized technology/equipment, this program assesses a higher tuition rate for courses with the SUR prefix. Tuition for these courses is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate.

Surgical Technology is a limited enrollment program. For admission requirements, please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit harpercollege.edu Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program.

Program Requirements

PREREQUISITES:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and HSC courses is required.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
BIO 160 Human Anatomy1 4 Natural Science
BIO 161 Human Physiology1 4 Natural Science
ENG 101 Composition 3 Communications
HSC 112 Medical Terminology 2 Program Requirement
Mathematics2 3 Mathematics

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all SUR courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 Communications
SUR 100 Orientation to the Profession 1 Program Requirement
SUR 101 Surgical Pharmacology 4 Program Requirement
SUR 110 Fundamentals of Sterile Processing 4 Program Requirement
SUR 111 Fundamentals/Sterile Processing Lab 2 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all SUR courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
SUR 102 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology 4 Program Requirement
SUR 103 Fundamentals/Surgical Technology Lab 2 Program Requirement
SUR 104 Surgical Procedures I 4 Program Requirement
SUR 105 Clinical Applications I 2 Program Requirement

THIRD SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all SUR courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
SUR 201 Surgical Procedures II 6 Program Requirement
SUR 202 Clinical Applications II 5 Program Requirement

FOURTH SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all SUR courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
SUR 203 Surgical Procedures III 4 Program Requirement
SUR 204 Clinical Applications III 6 Program Requirement
Humanities or Social Science+ 3 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science

1 - Must be completed no earlier than five years prior to beginning the Surgical Technology program.

2 - MTH 101, MTH 103 or higher.

+ - Students need to choose a course to meet this requirement that also fulfills the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Surgical Technology program, the student will be able to:

  • Maintain an operating room environment that is consistent with aseptic standards and patient safety;
  • Describe and demonstrate the professional characteristics of the surgical technologist;
  • Analyze the principles of anesthesia administration and the proper use of medications and solutions within the surgical setting;
  • Identify appropriate pre- and post-operative surgical techniques involving general, obstetric, gynecological and genitourinary procedures;
  • Successfully engage in perioperative case management;
  • Perform the required duties of the Assistant Circulator role;
  • Identify appropriate pre- and post-operative surgical interventions that include ear, nose, throat, oral/maxillofacial, plastic and orthopedic procedures;
  • Identify appropriate pre- and post-operative surgical interventions for specialized procedures such as peripheral vascular, cardiac and neurosurgery.