Surgical First Assistant
Students in this major will learn the legal, ethical, moral and professional responsibilities of a surgical first assistant. They will study disease process including specific types of pathologies associated with body systems and the impact of microorganism in the surgical environment including the risks to patients. Students will also study preoperative and intraoperative effects of drugs used in surgery, wound management techniques, suturing techniques, and perioperative care. They will also learn how to recognize certain complications and how to respond. There will also be a clinical portion to this major and students should obtain certification from National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as a certified first assistant.