» Surgical Technology «
Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of many classifications of drugs, routes of administration, effects, and side effects of drugs used in surgery. This course also will provide an opportunity to learn about natural body defense mechanisms and the methods by which infectious diseases are transmitted, recognized, prevented and treated. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217, BIOL 1218, CHEM 1101, ENGL 1117, BTEC 1610, NA 1610, PSYC 1611, BTEC 2870). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
This course covers the fundamental skills necessary to work in the operating room and related areas. Emphasis is on aseptic technique, scrub and circulator roles, equipment, supplies, instrumentation, legalities and the perioperative process of the patient. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217, BIOL 1218, CHEM 1101, ENGL 1117, BTEC 1610, NA 1610, BTEC 2870, PSYC 1611; Co-requisites: ST 2110). (5 C/3 lect, 2 lab).
This course covers knowledge on the preoperative process of patient, skin prep, positioning, instrument set-ups, and draping. Emphasis will be on general surgery procedures, lasers, obstetrics, pediatrics, and ear surgery. (Prerequisites: 2120; Co-requisites: ST 2110). (5 C/3 lect, 2 lab).
This course covers surgical procedures performed in orthopedic and eye specialties. It includes introduction to clinical experience where the scrub and circulator roles are practiced. (Prerequisites: ST 2110, 2120, 2121). (3 C/1 lect, 2 lab).
This course combines classroom and clinical experience with a focus on procedures in neurosurgery, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, plastics, and transplantation. In clinical, scrubber and circulating duties are practiced. (Prerequisites: ST 2110, 2120, 2121, 2122; Co-requisites: ST 2124). (9 C/2 lect, 7 lab).
This course combines classroom and clinical experience with a focus on procedures in thoracic, nose, throat, dental, gynecology and genitourinary surgery. In clinical, scrubber and circulator duties are practiced. (Prerequisites: ST 2110, 2120, 2121, 2122. Co-requisites: ST 2123). (9 C/2 lect, 7 lab).
The RCTC Surgical Technology is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program. The general education classes are self-paced.
General Education requirements include:
ENGL 1117 Reading & Writing Critically, 4 cr.
BIOL 1217 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL 1218 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
CHEM 1101 Elements of Chemistry, 3 cr.
PSYC 1611 Psychology of Adjustment, 3 cr.
BTEC 1600 Introduction to Medical Terminology, 2 cr.
BTEC 2870 Employment Strategies, 1 cr.
NA 1610 Nursing Assistant for Surgical Technology, 5 cr.
TOTAL 26 cr.
Surgical Technology Program specific classes can only be taken after admittance to the Surgical Technology Program. These classes are taken on a full time basis, beginning in the fall semester of each year. Program specific classes include:
ST 2110 Surgical Technology Medication & Microbiology, 3 cr
ST 2120 Operating Room Techniques I, 5 cr
ST 2121 Operating Room Techniques II, 5 cr
ST 2122 Introduction to the Operating Room, 3 cr
ST 2123 Surgical Procedures I, 9 cr
ST 2124 Surgical Procedures II, 9 cr
TOTAL 34 cr.
The second year is the surgical technology course sequence that includes instruction using a combination of methods, including lecture, practice in a well-equipped laboratory, and actual clinical experience in the operating room.
The majority of clinical experience will be at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Students also gain clinical experience at other hospitals in southeastern Minnesota. The student will receive excellent clinical experience in various surgical specialties including general, gynecology, ear, nose, throat, eye, plastics, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and thoracic surgery.
As part of the requirements to graduate from the Surgical Technology Program, students must take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists. The cost is approximately $250. Upon successful completion of the Surgical Technology Program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Rochester Community and Technical College. Many hospitals require their employees to be certified.
The RCTC Surgical Technology Program began in1974 and has been accredited since 1977 by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
Notice of Minnesota Background Study Requirement
Minnesota Statute 245C requires that students who have contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Individuals who do not pass the background study will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities. A list of disqualifying offenses is available at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=245C.15.
Students in the program will also be required to complete a National Criminal Background Study. Information about completing the background study will be available from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.