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Health Careers Education
Introduction to Surgical Technology
This course is designed to provide information introducing the student to the roles and responsibilities of the surgical team and the health care system. Students will explore the ethical and legal concepts and professional responsibilities of the surgical technology field.
Cindy Schneider
1. Describe the characteristics of professional surgical technologists.
2. Compare and contrast organizations related to the profession.
3. Explain the importance and available options of credentialing in the field of surgical technology.
4. List areas of employment for a surgical technologist.
5. Define the scope of practice for the surgical technologist.
6. Discuss types of communication relationships.
7. Discuss goals of communication.
8. Describe the significance of content and tone in communication.
9. Distinguish between assertive and aggressive behavior.
10. Discuss problem behaviors and coping mechanism.
11. Describe concepts of conflict resolution.
12. Demonstrate principles of communication in the surgical setting.
13. Demonstrate body language and non-verbal communication.
14. Demonstrate principles of teamwork in the surgical environment.
15. Review the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Patient Care
16. Develop an increased sensitivity to the influence of ethics in
professional practice.
17. Discuss the role of morality during ethical decision making.
18. Discuss examples of ethical situations and problems in the health
19. Demonstrate the key elements related to developing a surgical
20. Review principles of problem solving in ethical decision making.
21. Discuss principles of patient confidentiality including verbal and
22. Analyze the concepts of law.
23. Interpret the legal responsibilities of the surgical technologist and
surgical team members.
24. Compare and contrast criminal and civil liabilities and the
consequences for these acts.
25. Assess the resources that aid the surgical technologist in interpreting
and following professional standards of conduct.
26. Analyze the recommended practices and legal elements of proper
27. Interpret prevention, correction and documentation techniques that
may positively impact risk management issues.
28. Compare and contrast the roles of team members in the operating
29. Acknowledge the proper chain of command in the operating room.
30. Compare and contrast health care facility departments that relate to
direct and indirect patient care in surgical services.
31. Discuss location of the surgical services within the healthcare facility.
32. Describe basic floor plan designs for surgical services.
33. Describe an optimal location of an operating room.
34. Describe the floor plan of the operating room.
35. Describe the environmental systems and controls within the operative
36. State the proper ranges for temperature and; humidity controls.
37. Describe the various components of the operating room ventilation
Surgical Technologist - CTTC

Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA

Surgical Technologist Skill Standards

Aligns with the Association of Surgical

Technologist - CTTC

Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA

AST Core Curriculum
Surgical Technology Series - MAVCC

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
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