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Curriculum

Curriculum and Curriculum Plan

Essential theoretical components are taught early in the program so clinical applications can be expanded upon throughout the curriculum.

Curriculum Plan

Courses Term I
8 weeks
Term II
8 weeks
Term III
15 weeks
Term IV
15 weeks
Total
Hours
Medical Terminology 48 hours       48
Microbiology     45 hours   45
Pharmacology   42 hours     42
Anatomy & Physiology 64 hours 56 hours     120
Surgical Technology 90 hours 45 hours 75 hours 75 hours 285
Clinical Experience 80 hours 160 hours 405 hours 405 hours 1,050
Total Term 282 hours 303 hours 525 hours 480 hours 1,590

Clinical Case Requirements

  1. The number of cases required for graduation from the St. Luke's University Health Network Surgical Technology Program is 120 cases (AST, 2011).
  2. As per the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology 6th Edition, the following will apply:
    • Each student will complete 30 cases in General Surgery (AST, 2011)
      • Twenty (20) cases in the First Scrub Role
      • Ten (10) cases in the Second Scrub Role
  3. Each student will complete ninety (90) cases in a variety of surgical specialties (AST, 2011) (Minimum of 5 specialties and Maximum of 15 cases in each specialty)
    • Sixty (60) cases in the First Scrub Role
    • Thirty (30) cases in the Second Scrub Role
      • Ten (10) can be diagnostic laparoscopy cases
      • Five (5) can be vaginal delivery cases
  4. All cases must be documented.
  5. All students will document their clinical progress on a daily basis.