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Program Goals, Outcomes and Learning Objectives

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon completion of this program, students will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary for employment as entry-level surgical technologists and be contributing members of the health care team.

Program Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of 1st SRG course, students will demonstrate competency by applying theory of aseptic technique in a laboratory environment.
  2. Students will apply aseptic techniques while participating, as surgical technology students, in daily OR schedules.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Surgical Technology Code of Ethics and professional conduct by behaving according while assigned to a clinical site.
  4. Graduating students will perform at the national level on the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination and will become Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).
  5. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills expected by employers.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the graduates will be able to:

  • Meet and exceed the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone: 727-210-2354):  “Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology”.
    • Acquire an understanding of the ethical, legal, moral, and medical values related to the patient and the surgical team during the perioperative experience.
      • Assume accountability as an advocate for the patient’s right to privacy, dignity, safety and comfort.
      • Assume accountability for practicing in accordance with the provisions of the Association of Surgical Technologists Code of Ethics.
    • Apply the principles of asepsis in all aspects of the role of surgical technologist.
      • Apply Standard Precautions in all phases of patient care.
      • Assist in the care of equipment and supplies including sterilization and disinfection.
      • Apply sterile techniques to create sterile fields and maintain the sterility of the field during the procedure.
      • Provide for the environmental safety of the patient and the surgical team.
      • Demonstrate organizational skill and manual dexterity in the preparation of a safe peri-operative environment.
      • Implement safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.
      • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology including recognition of pathologic deviations in the care of patients undergoing surgical procedures.
      • Identify and respond to emergency situations in a calm and efficient manner.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts of pharmacology.
      • Correlate the elements, action, and use of medications and anesthetic agents used during the perioperative experience.
    • Communicate effectively in all interactions with members of the surgical team and patients and appropriately address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient.
    • Maintain competency as a Surgical Technologist by participating in continuing learning activities.
    • Perform proficiently and competently as an entry level surgical technologist in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • Write and pass the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination prepared by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).