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Training and Certification Courses for National Certification

Surgical Technologist

NAHCEs Surgical Technologist continuing education training course is a comprehensive resource and an ideal way for competent individuals to earn the necessary credentials to become an Surgical Technologist . The course content covers all administrative aspects of dental assisting, basic to advanced clinical skills, key practices and procedures, equipment, and patient and employee safety standards when providing dental patient care in a hands-on environment. Students who complete nahce’s Surgical Technologist continuing education training course will find that the course material contains all the required Information to pass the most popular Surgical TechnologistNational Certification Exams.
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Surgical Technologist

Training And Certification
    Credentials: BOC TS-C (NCCT)
    Weeks to complete: (±) 39
    CEU's: 25
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Surgical Technologist

Curriculum of Courses

Orientation to Surgical Technology

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the principles of communication in the surgical setting
  • Trace the historical development of surgical technology
  • Recognize members of the surgical team and their roles
  • Describe the surgical technology professional organizations: AST, ARC/STSA, NBSTSA
  • Compare and contrast the various roles of the surgical technologist
  • Interpret the components of a job description for the surgical technologist
  • Analyze the components of effective teamwork and communication
  • Discuss the meaning of surgical conscience and its application to surgical technology
  • Summarize the different types of health care facilities
  • Analyze a typical hospital organizational structure
  • Classify hospital departments and their relationship to surgical services

Legal Concepts, Risk Management, and Ethical Issues

Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the legal concepts that pertain to surgical technology
  • Interpret the legal responsibilities of the certified surgical technologist and other surgical team members
  • Compare and contrast criminal and civil liabilities and the consequences of these acts
  • Analyze the American Hospital Association’s Patient Care Partnership
  • Describe the need for professional liability insurance policies
  • Analyze the key elements related to the development of a surgical conscience
  • Assess the resources available to the certified surgical technologist to interpret and follow professional standards of conduct
  • Develop an increased sensitivity to the influence of ethics in professional practice
  • Analyze the role that morality plays during ethical decision making
  • Cite examples of ethical situations and problems in the health professions
  • Analyze scope of practice issues as they relate to surgical technology
  • Interpret prevention, correction, and documentation techniques that may positively affect risk management issues
  • Analyze the recommended practices and legal elements of proper documentation
  • Apply principles of problem solving to ethical decision making
  • Assess the errors that may occur in the operating room and devise a plan for investigation, correction, and notification

The Surgical Patient

Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess the patient’s response to illness and hospitalization
  • Demonstrate awareness that all surgical patients have the right to the highest standards and practices in asepsis
  • Distinguish and assess the physical, spiritual, and psychological needs of a patient
  • Distinguish and assess cultural and religious influences of the surgical patient
  • Compare and contrast the patient’s responses to the process of death
  • Discuss the procedure for a patient death in the operating room (OR)

Special Populations

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast the surgical care considerations for pediatric patients and patients who are obese, diabetic, pregnant, immunocompromised, disabled, or geriatric, as well as for trauma patients
  • Evaluate the unique physical and psychological needs of each special population
  • Compare and contrast the intraoperative considerations for pediatric patients, trauma patients, and patients who are obese, diabetic, immunocompromised, or geriatric that relate to postoperative wound healing
  • Evaluate the role of the CST for the surgical care of each special population
  • Assess the ethical commitment that is required of CSTs as it relates to special populations care
  • Determine the general needs associated with special populations of surgical patients

Physical Environment and Safety Standards

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the hazards to the patient in the operative environment
  • Distinguish among the support services that work with the operating room (OR) team in the care of the patient
  • Review the type of air-handling system required in the OR and the temperature and humidity required to maintain a sterile field
  • Indicate cleaning procedures, traffic patterns, and rines required in the operative environment
  • Analyze the role of the surgical technologist in the protection of self, patients, and others from hazards in the operative environment
  • Recognize the design types of the OR
  • Classify hospital departments that relate to surgical services
  • Recognize the working environment of the OR
  • Determine the physical components of the OR

Biomedical Science and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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 (OR)
  • Compare and contrast the various surgical lasers and their clinical applications
  • Describe the benefit of a hybrid OR for reduction of healthcare acquired infection
  • Describe the role of the surgical technologist in robotic procedures
  • Discuss the potential risks for patients and surgical team members from use of lasers, electrosurgery, and diagnostic radiation

Preventing Perioperative Disease Transmission

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the relationship between the principles of asepsis and practice of sterile technique with the impact on surgical patient care and comes
  • Define and discuss the concept of surgical conscience
  • Discuss the principles of asepsis
  • Define the terms related to asepsis
  • Compare and contrast sterile techniques and practices related to the principles of asepsis
  • Identify the principles and procedures related to disinfection and sterilization
  • Demonstrate competency and explain the standards of practice related to sterile technique
  • Demonstrate competency in the procedures related to disinfection and sterilization
  • Discuss the surgical environment and the application of the principles of asepsis to control the potential for cross-contamination within the environment

Emergency Situations and All-Hazards Preparation

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize developing emergency situations, initiate appropriate action, and assist in the treatment of the patient
  • Apply knowledge of radiological and chemical injuries and biological warfare to the treatment of the patient
  • Discuss the various roles the surgical technologist can fulfill during an all-hazards event
  • Discuss nature-, human-, and nature/human-caused types of disasters
  • Explain the various components of personal, health care facility, and national disaster planning
  • Describe the initial response and steps taken when an all-hazards event occurs

Surgical Pharmacology and Anesthesia

Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess the action, uses, and modes of administration of medications and anesthetic agents used in the care of the surgical patient 1Convert equivalents from one system to another and accurately identify and measure medications for patient use
  • Recognize general terminology and abbreviations associated with pharmacology and anesthesia
  • ADemonstrate safe practice in transferring medications and solutions from the nonsterile area to the sterile field
  • Demonstrate the procedure for identifying a medication or solution on the sterile field
  • Recognize the side effects and contraindications for the use of various medications and anesthetic drugs
  • Interpret the factors that influence anesthesia selection for individual patients
  • List the equipment used during anesthesia administration
  • Demonstrate the precautions when identifying medications and solutions in the operating room
  • Interpret the principles and demonstrate the measurement and recording of vital signs
  • Analyze how sterile technique is used in relation to anesthesia procedures
  • Compare and contrast the roles of the surgical technologist and circulator during the administration of anesthesia

Instrumentation, Equipment, and Supplies

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the relationship between instrumentation, equipment, and supplies and with quality patient care in the operating room (OR)
  • Explain the relationship between instruments, equipment, and supplies and the OR environment with safety concepts
  • Indicate items that require sterilization prior to use in the sterile field
  • Recognize basic instruments by type, function, and name
  • Demonstrate proper care, handling, and assembly of instruments
  • Differentiate the types of special equipment utilized in OR practice and demonstrate proper care, handling techniques, and safety precautions
  • Cite the names and functions of accessory equipment and demonstrate proper care, handling, and assembly
  • Collect and prepare supplies used in the OR

Hemostasis, Wound Healing, and Wound Closure

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast methods of hemostasis and blood replacement
  • Demonstrate the preparation and use of appropriate hemostasis 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 device 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

Surgical Case Management

Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the role of the surgical technologist in caring for the surgical patient
  • Verify the preoperative rines that must be completed
  • Demonstrate the transportation of the surgical patient
  • Apply the principles of surgical positioning
  • Demonstrate techniques of opening and preparing supplies and instruments needed for any operative procedure with the maintenance of sterile technique at all times
  • Summarize the methods of preparation of the operative site for surgery
  • Demonstrate the application of thermoregulatory devices
  • Interpret the principles and demonstrate the taking and recording of vital signs
  • Interpret the principles of urinary catheterization and demonstrate the procedure
  • Analyze how the principles of operative site preparation and urinary catheterization are related both to patient care and to the principles of asepsis
  • Demonstrate the proper techniques for the surgical hand scrub, gowning, gloving, and assisting team members
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for preparing supplies and instruments on a sterile field
  • Demonstrate and explain in detail the procedure for counting instruments, sponges, needles, and other items on the sterile field
  • Demonstrate the initial steps for starting a procedure
  • Demonstrate intraoperative handling of sterile equipment and supplies
  • Summarize and demonstrate postoperative rines Section Surgical Procedures , activities

Diagnostic Procedures

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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
  • Recognize the major indications for surgical intervention

General Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy and terminology as they relate to the surgical procedure
  • Indicate the pathology related to general surgery procedures
  • Recall the names and uses of general surgery instruments, supplies, and specialty equipment
  • Determine the intraoperative preparations of the patient specific to the illustrative procedures
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the illustrative general surgery procedures in this chapter
  • Identify the purpose and expected comes of the illustrative procedures
  • Determine the immediate postoperative care of the patient and possible complications of the illustrative procedures
  • Determine any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the general surgery patient

Obstetric and Gynecologic Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system
  • Summarize the pathology of the female reproductive system that prompts surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative obstetric and gynecologic diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Determine any special preoperative preparation procedures related to obstetric/gynecologic procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of obstetric and gynecologic instruments, supplies, and drugs
  • Indicate the names and uses of special equipment related to obstetric/gynecologic surgery
  • Determine the intraoperative preparations of the patient undergoing an obstetric or gynecologic procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of obstetric/gynecologic procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the obstetric/gynecologic procedure
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the obstetric/gynecologic procedure
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the obstetric/gynecologic patient

Ophthalmic Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the anatomy of the eye
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts surgical intervention of the eye and related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative preparation procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of ophthalmic instruments, supplies, and drugs
  • Indicate the names and uses of special equipment
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing an ophthalmic procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of ophthalmic procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the ophthalmic procedure
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the ophthalmic procedure
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the ophthalmic patient

Otorhinolaryngologic Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy of the ear, nose, and upper aerodigestive tract
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts otorhinolaryngologic surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative otorhinolaryngologic preparation and diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Indicate the names and uses of otorhinolaryngologic instruments, supplies, and specialty equipment
  • Determine the intraoperative preparations of the patient undergoing otorhinolaryngologic procedures
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the otorhinolaryngologic procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the otorhinolaryngologic procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the otorhinolaryngologic procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the otorhinolaryngologic patient

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the anatomy relevant to specific procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts oral and maxillofacial surgery and the related terminology
  • Determine special preoperative diagnostic procedures/tests pertaining to oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Determine special preoperative preparation procedures related to oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Indicate the names and uses of oral and maxillofacial instruments, supplies, and drugs
  • Indicate the names and uses of special equipment used for oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing an oral or maxillofacial procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of oral or maxillofacial procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the surgical patient

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy and physiology of the skin and its underlying tissues
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts plastic/reconstructive surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative plastic/reconstructive preparation and diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Indicate the names and uses of plastic/reconstructive instruments, supplies, and specialty equipment
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing a plastic/reconstructive procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the plastic/reconstructive procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the plastic/reconstructive procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the plastic/reconstructive procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the plastic/reconstructive patient

Genitourinary Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy of the genitourinary system
  • Recognize the pathology that prompts genitourinary system surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Assess any special preoperative genitourinary diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Assess any special preoperative genitourinary preparation procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of genitourinary instruments, supplies, and specialty equipment
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing the genitourinary procedure
  • Summarize the steps of the genitourinary procedures
  • Determine the purpose and expected comes of the genitourinary procedures
  • Assess the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the genitourinary procedures
  • Recognize any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the genitourinary patient

Orthopedic Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Summarize the pathology of the musculoskeletal system that prompts surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Determine any preoperative orthopedic diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Determine any special preoperative preparation related to orthopedic procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of orthopedic instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing an orthopedic procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the orthopedic procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the orthopedic procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the orthopedic procedures

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts cardiac or thoracic surgical intervention and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative diagnostic procedures/tests for the patient undergoing cardiac or thoracic surgery
  • Determine any preoperative preparation procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of cardiovascular and thoracic equipment, instruments, and supplies
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the cardiac and thoracic procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the cardiac and thoracic procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the cardiac and thoracic procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the patient undergoing a cardiac or thoracic procedure

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy of the peripheral vascular system
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts surgical intervention of the peripheral vascular system and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative peripheral vascular preparation and diagnostic procedures
  • Indicate the names and uses of peripheral vascular equipment, instruments, and supplies
  • Determine the intraoperative preparations of the patient undergoing peripheral vascular procedures
  • Summarize the surgical steps of peripheral vascular procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of peripheral vascular procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of peripheral vascular procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the patient undergoing peripheral vascular surgery

Neurosurgery

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the relevant anatomy and physiology of the neurological system
  • Summarize the pathology that prompts surgical intervention of the neurological system and the related terminology
  • Determine any special preoperative neurological diagnostic procedures/tests
  • Indicate the names and uses of neurosurgical instruments, supplies, and drugs
  • Indicate the names and uses of special equipment related to neurosurgery
  • Determine the intraoperative preparation of the patient undergoing a neurosurgical procedure
  • Summarize the surgical steps of the neurosurgical procedures
  • Interpret the purpose and expected comes of the neurosurgical procedures
  • Recognize the immediate postoperative care and possible complications of the neurosurgical procedures
  • Assess any specific variations related to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of the neurosurgical patient

Surgical TechnologistApprenticeship and Capstone

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this study course students participate in the Health Education Apprenticeship and Capstone to perform skills required of a practicing Clinical Surgical Technologist .

Optional Prerequisite: HS 105 : Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes:
This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular

Optional Prerequisite: HS 125 : Anatomy & Physiology

Learning Outcomes:
This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.
  • List in sequence the levels of biological organization in the human body
  • Describe the anatomical position of the human body
  • Define and locate the principal regions and cavities of the body
  • Describe the stages of a cells life cycle
  • List and describe the functions of the skin
  • List and describe the functions of the skeletal system
  • Describe the structure of muscle
  • Distinguish between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system
  • Describe the structure and function of the main parts of the brain
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