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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

Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology ST 201


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 basic components of a computer system; discuss basic word processing, Internet, and email functions; describe the role of computers in patient care; apply electrical safety precautions; cite the basic principles of electricity and their application in the operating room; compare and contrast the various surgical lasers and their clinical applications; describe the benefit of a hybrid operating room for reduction of healthcare acquired infection (HAI); describe the role of the certified surgical technologist in robotic procedures; discuss the potential risks for patients and surgical team members from use of lasers, electrosurgery, and diagnostic radiation; compare and contrast methods of hemostasis and blood replacement; demonstrate the preparation and use of appropriate hemostatic agents or devices; indicate terms relevant to wound healing; summarize the possible complications of wound healing; recognize the classifications of surgical wounds; indicate types of traumatic wounds and give examples of each; analyze the factors that influence healing and how they affect the healing process; recognize the characteristics of inflammation; cite and interpret common suture terms; classify and differentiate the usage of suture materials and stapling devices; recognize the types, characteristics, and uses of suture materials; demonstrate application of recommended preparation and handling techniques for suturing and stapling devices; cite and interpret common suture techniques; summarize the basic uses and advantages of stapling instruments; demonstrate proper handling of the various types of surgical needles; assess the types of injuries that cause damage to tissues; recognize the characteristics of the types of healing; recognize the stages/phases of wound healing; apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine which diagnostic examinations will be useful; indicate the sources of patient data; compare and contrast intraoperative techniques used to establish the diagnosis; determine which diagnostic procedures are invasive and require sterile technique; and recognize the major indications for surgical intervention.


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. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology RC 100/ST 100; Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Professionals RC 102/ST 102; Math and Science for Healthcare Professionals RC 103/ST 103; Introduction to Surgical Technology ST 200.

Credit recommendation: 

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