Surgical Technology is an instructional program that prepares an individual to serve as a member of the surgical team to work with surgeons, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities before, during, and after surgery. This program includes the education of all aspects of surgical technology including the role of second assistant & circulators.
The Surgical Technology Program offers classroom and clinical experiences for the
entry-level surgical technologist which includes courses in aseptic technique, operative
procedures, patient care, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, medical
terminology, medical/legal aspects, technological sciences (computer, electricity
& robotics), and related general education to help the student fulfill his/her role
as an important, knowledgeable member of the surgical team.
The goal of the Surgical Technology Program at Holmes College is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Further, the Surgical Technology Department will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as a surgical technologist and become a contributing member of the healthcare team.
Graduates of the 12-month program will be awarded a Technical Certificate of Surgical Technology. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology will be awarded the successful graduate of the 24-month program. Qualified graduates may apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), to take the Surgical Technologist Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist.
The Surgical Technology electronic application process opens annually on January 15 and closes on March 31 for the class that begins the following August.
The Surgical Technology program has been a wonderful experience. I have been given opportunities at numerous hospitals and I have seen many different types of procedures. I have a great future ahead of me thanks to Holmes Community College.
SUT 1113 - Fundamentals of Surgical Technology (Corequisites: All 1st semester courses) (Prerequisites: CPR-Health Care Provider)
This is a basic introductory course including hospital and surgical suite organization and environment, history, legal responsibilities, terminology, interpersonal relationships, and biomedical sciences. Three lectures. Three hours credit.
SUT 1216 - Principles of Surgical Technique (Corequisites: All 1st semester courses)
This course is a comprehensive study of aseptic technique, safe patient care, anesthesia, pharmacology, and surgical techniques. Two lectures. Eight hours laboratory. Six hours credit.
SUT 1314 - Surgical Anatomy (Corequisites: All 1st semester courses)
Emphasis is placed on the structure and function of the human body as related to surgery. Application of the principles of surgical anatomy to participation in clinical experience. Four lectures. Four hours credit.
SUT 1413 - Surgical Microbiology (Corequisites: All 1st semester courses)
This is an introduction to pathogenic microorganisms related to surgery and their effect on wound healing and infection. It includes principles of sterilization and disinfection. Three lectures. Three hours credit.
SUT 1518 - Basic and Related Surgical Procedures (Prerequisites: All 1st semester courses & CPR-Health Care Provider)
This course includes instruction in regional anatomy, pathology, instrumentation, and surgical techniques in general surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, and urology. It requires clinical experience in area hospital surgical suites and related departments. Four lecture. Twelve hours clinical. Eight hours credit.
SUT 1528 - Specialized Surgical Procedures (Prerequisites: All 1st semester courses & CPR-Health Care Provider)
This course includes instruction in regional anatomy, pathology, instrumentation, techniques and safe patient care in surgical specialty areas of ear, nose and throat; eye; oral & maxcillo-facial surgery, orthopedics and plastic. This course requires clinical experience in area hospital surgical suites and related departments. Four lectures. Twelve hours clinical. Eight hours credit.
SUT 1538 - Advanced Surgical Procedures (Prerequisites: All 2nd semester courses & CPR-Health Care Provider)
This course includes instruction in regional anatomy, pathology, instrumentation, techniques, and safe patient care in surgical specialty areas of neurosurgery, thoracic, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular surgery, employability skills, all-hazards preparation. This course requires clinical experience in area hospital surgical suites and related departments, and a comprehensive final examination. Four lectures. Twelve hours clinical. Eight hours credit.
SUT 1703 - Certification and Role Transition
This course is an in-depth study of the role of the surgical technologist and review for the certification examination. The course examines liability and legal issues of practice, adapting critical thinking skills to a variety of practice settings, effective team and professional behaviors, continuing education, and ethical issues. Practice on computer simulations is required. Three lectures. Three hours credit.