Surgical Assisting Technology

Note:  Surgical assisting technology is an advanced one-year certificate.  Candidates must possess specific credentials and previous work experience to apply to this program.

Surgical Assistants are highly skilled, credentialed surgical health professionals who work under the direction of a surgeon to help carry out a safe operation with optimal patient results.  Surgical Assistants are trained in surgery and undergo rigorous credentialing to practice in that role.

What job duties do Surgical Assistants perform?

  • Determine specific equipment needed for procedure
  • Review surgical permit to confirm procedure and special needs
  • Assist in preparation of the patient for surgery
  • Drape patient within surgeon’s guidelines
  • Assist with surgical procedure
    • Making initial incision (opening)
    • Exposing the surgical site (retracting)
    • Controlling bleeding (hemostasis)
    • Surgically removing veins and arteries (harvesting)
    • Reconnecting tissue (suturing)
    • Completing the operation and reconnecting external tissue (closing)
  • Select and apply wound dressings
  • Assist with resuscitation or other life threatening events in operating room

 

Certificate Course Sequence

SUA100
Introduction to Surgical Assisting
SUA102
Principles of Surgical Assisting
SUA102L
Principles of Surgical Assisting Lab
SUA104
Advanced Surgical Anatomy & Physiology
SUA106
Surgical Assisting Procedures
SUA106L
Surgical Assisting Procedures Lab
SUA108C
Surgical Assisting Clinical Practicum I
SUA108
Surgical Assisting Clinical Practicum I
Seminar
SSC101
Student Success Seminar
SUA110C
Surgical Assisting Clinical Practicum II
SUA110
Surgical Assisting Clinical Practicum II
Seminar
SUA112
Surgical Assisting Specialties Capstone
SUA114
Surgical Assisting Advanced
Pathophysiology
BIO221
Principles of Microbiology (lab)

TOTAL CREDITS 31

  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Surgical assistants are on their feet most of the day.  They may need to help move patients or left heavy trays of medical supplies or equipment.  They may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights or odors.
  • Most work full-time and are on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.  Surgical Assistants may work longer than eight hour shifts.