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Surgical First Assisting Certificate

Surgical First Assisting Certificate: Course Outline & Definitions

 

SUR-280 Surgical Anatomy (5 credit hours): The Surgical Anatomy course is designed to provide accurate information about the structure and function of the human body. The course is planned for students who are pursuing a career as a Surgical First Assistant. The course introduces the student to body chemistry, Cells, Tissue (Different Types and Functions) and various body systems. Course instruction will relate anatomy to surgical techniques and an understanding of the disease processes and the relationship of the processes to the specific types of pathologies according to body systems.

 

SUR-284 Principles of Surgical Assisting (3 credit hours): The course is designed to introduce the student to the theory involved in surgical assisting. The course incorporates anatomy, surgical techniques, aseptic techniques, draping, positioning, suturing, safety and duties of the surgical team.

 

SUR-282 Perioperative Bioscience (3 credit hours): The course is designed to promote an understanding of microbial physiology which precedes the understanding of disease transmission and or prevention, including standard precautions and infection control. The pharmacology section of the course is designed to promote an understanding of the effects of pre, post and operative drugs. The anesthesia section of the course is designed to promote an understanding of general principles/techniques and drugs used by anesthesia and their effects on the patient. The course will also introduce the student diagnostic testing such as radiology, laboratory and cardiographics. Wound healing, nutrition perioperatively, fluid and electrolyte balance and techniques in maintaining homeostasis will be reviewed.


SUR-295 Surgical First Assistant Clinical (1 credit hour): Includes the performance of entry level duties of a surgical assistant in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. The duties of a surgical assistant include: positioning the patient, providing visualization of the operative site, utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis, utilizing appropriate techniques in the closure of body planes, postoperative subcutaneous injection of local anesthetic agent as directed by the surgeon, selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings and securing drainage systems. Clinicals are to be set-up by the student at their choice of clinical facility or place of employment. Students may begin clinicals at the beginning of the program following: completion of Pre-clinical competencies, purchasing liability insurance through the school, completing the MOA agreement and have other required documentation in his/her file.
The pre-clinical skills check-off is a list of simple skills someone with operating room experience can perform on day-one of the program. It is used to verify the individual has basic OR skills in order to begin training. This evaluation can be performed by a supervisor from the facility or preceptor.


SUR-296 Surgical First Assistant Practicum (3 credit hours): Involves advanced training in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative phases of surgery.  Exposes the student to wide variety of surgical procedures.  Emphasizes surgical anatomy, along with critical thinking skills. Every surgical procedure is performed under the supervision of a surgeon who is responsible for overseeing the clinical educational experience of the student. The nature of the cases shall be varied according to the standards for certification. 



SUR-297 Surgical First Assistant Practicum II (1 credit hours): Is a continuation of SUR 296 (12 week summer course). Involves advanced training in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative phases of surgery.  Exposes student to wide variety of surgical procedures. Emphasis on advanced anatomical knowledge that is applied towards the surgical diagnosis, along with critical thinking skills, in every surgical procedure under the supervision of a surgeon who is responsible for overseeing the clinical educational experience of the student; The nature of the cases shall be varied according to the standards for certification and meet the minimum 140 cases.



Students may begin performing clinicals after meeting program requirements in SUR 295 and continue performing clinicals in SUR 296 and SUR 297.  A student’s case log is calculated from combined procedures performed in SUR 295, SUR 296 and SUR 297.  The completed case log must meet the following requirements:  The student must complete 140 documented surgical procedures in the role of the surgical assistant to successfully complete SUR 297 and the Surgical First Assistant program.   A minimum of 20 cases must be performed in General Surgery with the remaining cases divided between a minimum of two other specialties areas (a minimum of 20 cases must be completed in each of the two other specialties selected).