Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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AHST 101 - Introduction to Surgical Technology

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an introduction to the field of surgical technology, emphasizing history, roles, education of the surgical technologist, work environment, career opportunities, attributes for success, legal and ethical concerns, hospital administration and organization, professional behaviors including utilizing the therapeutic-self, and engaging in effective interpersonal relations and interactions. Students will be introduced to the importance of obtaining certification and joining the national organization. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Summarize the history of the surgical technology profession.
  • Explain the education of a surgical technologist, certification, and the purpose/activities of the national organization.
  • Identify members of the surgical team and their roles.
  • Discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and its relationship to patient care.
  • Describe therapeutic touch and communication.
  • Understand the process of death and dying.
  • Explain the legal responsibilities and ethical issues involved in surgery.
  • Distinguish different types of health-care facilities, hospital policies, and ancillary departments.
  • Discuss environmental controls in surgery and their importance.
  • Describe purpose of flow patterns, design, and different areas of the operating room.
  • Demonstrate body language and its meaning.
  • Discuss significance of communication, listening, and teamwork skills.
  • Define and understand sexual harassment.
  • Explain surgical conscience and importance of aseptic technique Identify safe body mechanics when transporting, transferring, and positioning patients.

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