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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Surgical Technology ST 200


140 hours (10 weeks).

Simi Institute for Careers and Education Main Campus, Simi Valley, California

April 2017 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify and apply the principles of communication in a surgical setting; trace the historical development of surgical technology; recognize members of the surgical team and their roles; describe the surgical technology professional organizations: AST, ARC/STSA, and NBSTSA; compare and contrast the various roles of the surgical technologist; interpret the components of a job description for the surgical technologist; analyze the components of effective teamwork and communication; discuss the meaning of surgical conscience and its application to surgical technology; summarize the different types of health care facilities; analyze a typical hospital organizational structure; classify hospital departments and their relationship to surgical services; analyze the legal concepts that pertain to surgical technology; interpret the legal responsibilities of the certified surgical technologist and other surgical team members; compare and contrast criminal and civil liabilities and the consequences of these acts; analyze the American Hospital Association’s Patient Care Partnership; describe the need for professional liability insurance policies; analyze the key elements related to the development of a surgical conscience; assess the resources available to the certified surgical technologist to interpret and follow professional standards of conduct; develop an increased sensitivity to the influence of ethics in professional practice; analyze the role that morality plays during ethical decision making; cite examples of ethical situations and problems in the health professions; analyze scope of practice issues as they relate to surgical technology; interpret prevention, correction, and documentation techniques that may positively affect risk management issues; analyze the recommended practices and legal elements of proper documentation; apply principles of problem solving to ethical decision making; assess the errors that may occur in the operating room and devise a plan for investigation, correction, and notification; assess the patient’s response to illness and hospitalization; demonstrate awareness that all surgical patients have the right to the highest standards and practices in asepsis; distinguish and assess the physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of a patient; distinguish and assess cultural and religious influences of the surgical patient; compare and contrast the patient’s responses to the process of death; discuss the procedure for a patient death in the operating room; compare and contrast the surgical care considerations for pediatric patients and patients who are obese, diabetic, pregnant, immunocompromised, disabled, or geriatric, as well as trauma patients; evaluate the unique physical and psychological needs of each special population; compare and contrast the intraoperative considerations for pediatric patients, trauma patients, and patients who are obese, diabetic, immunocompromised, or geriatric that relate to postoperative wound healing; evaluate the role of the CST for the surgical care of each special population; assess the ethical commitment that is required of CSTs as it relates to special populations care; determine the general needs associated with special populations of surgical patients; recognize the hazards to the patient in the operative environment; distinguish among the support services that work with the operating room team in the care of the patient; review the type of air-handling system required in the operating room and the temperature and humidity required to maintain a sterile field; indicate cleaning procedures, traffic patterns, and routines required in the operative environment; analyze the role of the surgical technologist in the protection of self, patients, and others from hazards in the operative environment; recognize the design types of the operating room; classify hospital departments that relate to surgical services; recognize the working environment of the operating room; determine the physical components of the operating room; explain the relationship between instrumentation, equipment, and supplies and quality patient care in the operating room; explain the relationship between instruments, equipment, and supplies and the operating room environment with safety concepts; indicate items that require sterilization prior to use in the sterile field; recognize basic instruments by type, function, and name; demonstrate proper care, handling, and assembly of instruments; differentiate the types of special equipment utilized in operating room practice and demonstrate proper care, handling techniques, and safety precautions; cite the names and functions of accessory equipment and demonstrate proper care, handling, and assembly; collect and prepare supplies used in the operating room; analyze the role of the surgical technologist in caring for the surgical patient; verify the preoperative routines that must be completed; demonstrate the transportation of the surgical patient; apply the principles of surgical positioning; demonstrate techniques of opening and preparing supplies and instruments needed for any operative procedure with the maintenance of sterile techniques at all times; summarize the methods of preparation of the operative site for surgery; demonstrate the application of thermoregulatory devices; interpret the principles and demonstrate the taking and recording of vital signs; interpret the principles of urinary catheterization and demonstrate the procedure; analyze how the principles of operative site preparation and urinary catheterization are related both to patient care and to the principles of asepsis; demonstrate the proper techniques for the surgical hand scrub, gowning, gloving, and assisting team members; demonstrate the proper technique for preparing supplies and instruments on a sterile field; demonstrate and explain in detail the procedure for counting instruments, sponges, needles, and other items on the sterile field; demonstrate the initial steps for starting a procedure; demonstrate intraoperative handling of sterile equipment and supplies; and summarize and demonstrate postoperative routines.


This course covers biomedical science and minimally invasive surgery, information technology, electricity and surgical applications of energy modalities, surgical robots, the hybrid operating room, wound healing and wound closure, blood loss and replacement, sutures and needles, and suturing techniques. Prerequisite: Math and Science for Healthcare Professionals RC 103/ST 103.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Surgical Technology (4/22).