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Connecticut State Technical High School System

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Program Reviewed

Surgical Technology Program

Credit Recommendations with Dates Valid

  • Anatomy and Physiology, May 2009 through October 2014: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Medical Terminology, May 2009 through October 2014: 2 credits, lower division level
  • Pathophysiology (2 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
  • Professionalism for Surgical Technologists (3 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
  • Surgical Technology with Lab (5 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
  • Basic Concepts in Pathophysiology for Surgical Technologist (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Clinical Practicum I (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Clinical Practicum II (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Clinical Practicum III (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Essentials for Professional Success for Surgical Technologists (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Surgical Technologists (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Introduction to Surgical Case Management (5 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology (1 credit, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Surgical Procedures I (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
  • Surgical Procedures II (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019

Source of Records

Students should request their records directly from the school they attended:

  • A.I. Prince Technical High School; 401 Flatbush Avenue; Hartford, CT 06106
  • Eli Whitney Technical High School; 71 Jones Road; Hamden, CT 06514

About the Program

The mission of the Connecticut Technical High School System Adult Education Program is to provide a unique and rigorous post-secondary learning environment that ensures both student academic success, and trade mastery and instills a zest for lifelong learning; prepares students for career advancement, apprenticeships, and immediate productive employment; responds to employers' and industries' current and emerging and changing global workforce needs and expectations through business/school partnerships.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Anatomy and Physiology,May 2009 through October 2014: 3 credits, lower division level
The course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The focus is placed on the development of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous and sensory systems.

Medical Terminology,May 2009 through October 2014: 2 credits, lower division level
The course is designed to introduce the student to the language of medicine and the use of prefix, suffix and roots to construct medical terms. Topics of focus are placed on review and application of basic word elements learned as they relate to each body system, anatomically and physiologically and the practice of surgery.

Pathophysiology (2 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
This course provides a study of human pathological developments and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on how these pathologies affect the status of homeostasis of the human body. Course includes discussion of the various etiology, physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, and complications of commonly occurring diseases and their medical management and surgical treatment.

Professionalism for Surgical Technologists (3 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
This course is designed to introduce the student to the first steps of developing a surgical conscience of understanding the legal and ethical concepts and responsibilities of a Surgical Technologist. It also provides the student with methods to respond professionally and interpersonally with peers, patients and families while working in the clinical setting.

Surgical Technology with Lab (5 credits, lower division level) May 2009 through October 2014
This course is designed to introduce the student to the foundational principles of aseptic technique and the development of entry level skills in order to integrate successfully with the surgical team during the clinical externship.

Basic Concepts in Pathophysiology for Surgical Technologist (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course introduces the student to the principles of microbes and their relationship to human pathological developments and their effects both on the body and in the operative setting. The course includes discussion of the various etiology, infectious processes, physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, complication of disease, defense mechanisms, and infection control principles.

Clinical Practicum I (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course is designed to provide the student individualized experience in surgical technology practice in a clinical facility. Emphasis is placed on developing quality patient care concepts and proficiency of Clinical Level I skills as necessary for participation in basic surgical procedures. This course will afford the student the opportunity to build on didactic and clinical skills learned and actively participate in selected surgical procedures in the basic surgical specialties in the clinical environment. The student will spend 24 hours each week in the clinical setting participating in basic surgical procedures and demonstrating the development of Clinical Level I skills as defined by the surgical technologist's role in surgery. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate competency in all aspects of Clinical Level I skills of perioperative practice.

Clinical Practicum II (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course is designed to provide the student individualized experience in surgical technology practice in a clinical facility. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating proficiency in skills necessary for participation in complex surgical procedures. This course will afford the student the opportunity to build on skills learned in Clinical Practice I and advance autonomy in the first scrub surgical technologist role of the surgical team in complex surgical specialties in the clinical environment. The student will spend 24 hours each week in the clinical setting participating in surgical procedures and demonstrating the development of skills as defined by the surgical technologist's Clinical Level II role in surgery. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate competency in all Clinical Level II skills of perioperative practice.

Clinical Practicum III (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course is designed to provide the student individualized experience in surgical technology practice in a clinical facility. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating proficiency in skills necessary for participation in advanced surgical procedures. This course will afford the student the opportunity to build on skills learned in Clinical Practice II and advance autonomy in the first scrub surgical technologist role of the surgical team in advanced surgical specialties in the clinical environment. The student will spend 24 hours each week in the clinical setting participating in surgical procedures and demonstrating the development of skills as defined by the surgical technologist's Clinical Level III role in surgery. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate competency in all Clinical Level III skills of perioperative practice and be ready for an entry level surgical technologist position in a clinical facility.

Essentials for Professional Success for Surgical Technologists (2 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Surgical Technologists (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
A comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body, to serve as the basis for the development and application of a clinical skill set for the surgical technologists in the healthcare setting. Emphasis is placed on association, correlation, critical thinking and overview of the body as a whole.

Introduction to Surgical Case Management (5 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course provides the surgical technology student with the basic foundational knowledge required to function in the pre-operative, intra-operative, and postoperative surgical technologist role. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles and practice of the per-operative team member to the operative environment.

Introduction to Surgical Technology (1 credit, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course provides a comprehensive study of the operative environment, professional roles, moral/legal/ethical responsibilities, patient care and safety concepts, and medical communications used in the healthcare professions. Upon completion, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge of the course topics to respond appropriately with professionals, peers, patients and families in a clinical setting.

Medical Terminology (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course presents and builds upon the basic concepts of building a medical word from its components parts of prefix, suffix and word roots. Through word analysis and exercises the student will learn the anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system with emphasis on diseases and surgical interventions to enhance the performance of the surgical technologist in the healthcare setting.

Surgical Procedures I (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course is designed to introduce diagnostic and various types of surgical procedures associated with the different anatomical systems. The student will be taught the details of surgical procedure to include instrumentation and basic supplies, positions common to surgical specialty, types of incisions, case progression, common complications, operative pathology, and wound closure. Coursework parallels the entry level surgical procedures the student will be exposed to and participating in during their Clinical Practice I and II externships.

Surgical Procedures II (3 credits, lower division level) November 2014 through November 2019
This course is designed to introduce the various types of more advanced specialty surgical procedures associated with the different anatomical systems. The student will be taught the details of specialty surgical procedures to include instrumentation and basic supplies, positions common to surgical specialty, types of incisions, case progression, common complications, operative pathology, and wound closure. Coursework parallels the entry level surgical procedures the student will be exposed to and participating in during their Clinical Practice II and III externships.

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.