Surgical Procedures I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SRGT-1441-001 Surgical Procedures I


Corequisites: SRGT 1261 and BIOL 2402

Course Description

Introduction to surgical procedures and related pathologies. With emphasis on surgical procedures related to general, obstetrics/gynecology, genitourinary, otorhinolaryngology and orthopedic surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment and supplies.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 4 lab)

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Title, Edition, Copyright, ISBN#


All Courses Cengage Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist with Mind Tap Cengage


SRGT 1441


Nancy M. Allmers

Joan Ann Verderame

Lange Review for the Surgical Technology Examination

McGraw Hill



SRGT 1441

Lani Zielsdorf

MAVCC Surgical Pocedures

3rd ed.  or newest ed.



SRGT 1441

JoAnna Fuller

Principles and Practice 6th or 7th ED.

ISBN #978-1-4557-2506-9



SRGT 2461


Maxine A. Goldman

Pocket Guide to the Operating Room 4th

Recommended....NOT REQUIRED

FA Davis



Student will need access to computer for on-line video's and research of Surgical Procedures I. There will be assignments, discussions, videos and other information listed on Blackboard. 

Student Performance

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to surgical procedures and related pathologies. Emphasis on surgical procedures related to general, obstetrics/gynecology, genitourinary, otorhinolaryngology and orthopedic surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment, and supplies required for perioperative patient care.   (4 SEM hrs; 3 lec, 4 labs)

PREREQUISITES: SRGT 1261, BIOL 2402 or concurrent enrollment.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: SRGT 1441 is designed to prepare the student to function actively in the surgical environment with entry-level knowledge of surgical procedures.  This course expands the basic foundation principles and combines the study of common surgical procedures to include anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.  Specific patient care concepts, medications, instrumentation, equipment, supplies and complications related to selected surgical procedures will be discussed.


GOALS: Given the course textbooks, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials, the student shall accomplish each of the following course goals as evaluated by the course instructor.

"The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry level surgical technologist and become contributing members of the health care team. This will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains and meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.”

(ARC/STSA ST Standards Interpretive Guide p12)

  1.         Identify and describe the terminology, facts, theories, and  principles associated with the surgical environment.

    2.         Discuss varied job roles of surgical personnel and their                                                         responsibilities during surgical procedures.

   3.         Apply the knowledge of surgical personnel’s responsibilities to the perioperative setting (pre-op, intra-op, and post-op).

4.         Discuss varies surgical core procedures associated with General, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Genitourinary and Orthopedic surgical procedures.

5.         Identify the differences in levels of surgical procedure cases to include: Basic Surgical Interventions, Intermediate Surgical Interventions and Advanced Surgical Intervention.

6.         Identify and define common terminology associated with pharmacology and anesthesiology as it is used with core surgical   procedures.

   7.         Review pharmacological and anesthetic agents and their usage                                            specific to core surgical procedures.

     8.         Identify and define pathophysiological responses to disease                                                 processes of specific organs and body systems.

      9.         Identify, prepare, and demonstrate knowledge and utilization of                                         selected surgical supplies, equipment, suture materials, and                                                    stapling devices.

     10.       Identify, evaluate, and perform patient care concepts.

       11.       Identify basic and specialty instruments by type, function, and name.

       12.       Demonstrate the care, handling, assembly, and utilization of basic and specialty instruments.

      13.       Demonstrate specific case preparation in all phases of the  perioperative setting.


The student will know that these goals have been successfully completed when he/she earns a final course grade of “C” or higher as evaluated by the faculty in the department.


COMPETENCIES: Given the course textbooks, personal notes, handouts and other course materials, the student shall be able to perform each of the following on a written examination with an accuracy of not less than 74.5% as evaluated by the course instructor.


            1.         Define the role of the Surgical Technologist.

            2.         Identify and distinguish responsibilities of the Surgical   Technologist and other members of the surgical team.

            3.         Identify and discuss the scope/limitations in the role of the  Surgical Technologist.

            4.         Identify medical specialties and specialists and discuss their  roles.

            5.         Identify and define pathophysiological conditions related to specific organs and body systems that may cause the patient to   seek/require surgical intervention.

            6.         Demonstrate Surgical Conscience.

            7.         Review and discuss standards and recommended practices used   in surgery.

            8.         Describe safe perioperative patient care as it relates to the role  of the Surgical Technologist.

            9.         Practice appropriate patient and personnel safety.

            10.       Recognize and analyze common laboratory/diagnostic tests and    their purposes.

            11.       Describe surgical preps for specific areas of the body.

            12.       Define and demonstrate the handling, labeling, and containment    of specimens.

            13.       Identify specific usage of pharmacological agents for selected surgical procedures.

            14.       Review the applications of anesthetic agents.

            15.       Identify anesthetic choices and purposes.

            16.       Review the types of general and regional/local anesthetics.

            17.       Discuss common surgical complications.

            18.       Define types and usage of common abdominal incisions.

            19.       Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the different types of hernias.

            20.       Identify and demonstrate the use of instruments and suture   material utilized for hernia repairs.

            21.       Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the biliary tract.

            22.       Discuss procedures performed on the biliary tract and identify instruments and suture utilized for biliary procedures.

            23.       Discuss anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the  gastrointestinal tract.

            24.       Discuss drop technique used for bowel procedures.

            25.       Describe anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the   gastrointestinal tract.

26.       Identify procedures done on the GI tract and the use of instruments, suture, and stapling devices necessary for these procedures. 

27.       Describe anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the breast.

28.       Demonstrate knowledge of suture materials and instrument utilized on breast procedures.

29.       Describe anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

30.       Review procedures performed on the thyroid and parathyroid glands and demonstrate the use of instruments and suture materials for these procedures.

31.       Describe the anatomy, physiology of the pathophysiology of the female reproductive system.

32.       Discuss procedures done on the female reproductive system and the instrumentation and suture used for these procedures.

33.       Describe the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the male and female genitourinary systems, including the male reproductive system.

34.       Discuss the procedures done on the GU system and the specialty instrumentation utilized.

35.       Describe anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the ear, nose and throat.

36.       Discuss and demonstrate the use of instruments and suture materials used for ENT procedures.

37.       Describe the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal system.

38.       Discuss and demonstrate the utilization of basic orthopedic instrumentation and equipment.

39.       Discuss intraoperative and postoperative complications of selected surgical procedures.

40.       Perform a basic case set-up in 12 minutes.

41.       Maintain a passing performance score on the basic instrumentation examination.

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STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: A student who has a problem with the course or the course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor.  If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the program director, the chairman of Allied Health, the Associate Dean, and the President of the College – in that order.



STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, and is the student’s responsibility to contact Disability Services (SSC 125, 371-5436) as soon as possible.


Grading Criteria

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS:  This course will consist of lecture, power-point, videos, and demonstrations/return demonstrations, written and reading assignments.  This course will consist of 6-7 major examinations, several quizzes and worksheets, laboratory assignments and quizzes, a major paper preparation, and a final examination. Each major examination will cover information presented since the previous exam (or the start of the course for the first exam) and will be announced in advance.  Every effort will be made by the instructor to give one-week notice for an upcoming exam.   Quizzes will test knowledge from the previous lectures and may or may not be announced. Quizzes will be given during class time.  Laboratory assignments and quizzes will be given on a weekly basis with testing performed during lab time. 

The final examination will be comprehensive  to evaluate knowledge-attained throughout the entire course.  During the lab time, the student will perform a basic case preparation in a 12-minute time frame and attain a 100% instrument recognition examination score.  

* Instrument quizzes will be given during lab,  a grade of 90 or above must be scored on EACH instrument quiz.  If a student does not score a 90 or above, a second attempt will be given keeping the same score from the first quiz. IF A STUDENT SCORES LOWER THAN A 90 on two or more quizzes, then a grade of "F" will be given for the course.   Instrumentation is the primary function of the surgical technologist in the surgical setting.  Failure to understand and learn instruments is detrimental to patient care and anticipation of the surgical procedure. It is the students responsibility to be prepared for each instrument exam.



            (a)        Major examinations = 35%

            (b)        Laboratory/Lab practical’s = 30 %

            (c)        Quizzes/Worksheets = 15%

            (d)       Final Exam = 20%


The following grade scale applies throughout this course:


            A= 90 –100

            B= 80 – 89

            C= 75-79

            F= less than 74.9


***NOTE:  A grade of “D” is NOT possible in this course.


MAKE-UP POLICY:  If a student is absent for a quiz, a grade of “zero” will be given for the missed quiz.      In case of an absence on a major exam day the student must make arrangements for make-up within 5 days from the time the major exam was given.  The make-up will be given in essay format. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to make-up the exam. Students arriving late on test day will not be given extra time to complete the test.  Habitual tardiness for quizzes or major exams may result in a failing grade, at the instructor’s discretion.



COURSE DROP DATE: The last day to withdraw or drop from this class is ______________The student is encouraged to discuss the decision with the instructor prior to dropping the course.

Some classes may require a ZOOM meeting.  It is required that when you are on Zoom that you be dressed in appropriate clothing attire, the locoation should be a desk, couch, table or a chair, and a quiet area without distraction.  Students will be online with video on for record of attendance. 

LAB Attire - Students may wear jeans, short sleeve t-shirts and closed toe shoes in order to perform duties in the lab settings.  NO fake fingernails, or long fake eyelashes that rub goggles or masks will be worn.  No slippers,no  flipflops or open toed shoes will be allowed in lab.  Please wear comfortable tennis shoes.  Students are not permitted to wear spaghetti straps, or revealing clothing to lab or class.  We will be bending, stooping, lifting and simulating working in surgery.



ATTENDANCE POLICY: “Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class.” A student who plans to succeed in this course should plan to attend all course sessions regularly and promptly. Students are responsible for all information presented and assigned. In cases of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the missed information or assignments. A maximum of two days per semester will be allowed.  If more than two days is missed, a three point (3) deduction will be taken from the final grade point average. 

Student will be responsible for ALL material presented and for all assignments on the dates they are presented and/or due.


SUMMARY OF UNITS – *** We may switch order of chapter due to availability of sales reps to demonstrate

The following surgical procedures will be discussed and simulated in SRGT 1441 including in each is the following:

  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of specific surgical procedures while incorporating the diagnostic tools used for surgical interventions.
  • Discussion of procedural steps.
  •  Discuss the supplies, equipment, and instrumentation used for specific surgical procedures (including sutures).
  •  Discuss the preoperative, intraoperative and the postoperative considerations for a patient undergoing surgery.
  • Discuss safety concerns for each surgical procedure.


WEEK ONE _& TWO  General Surgery  ** Be sure to watch videos and complete study guides online!


  • Breast biopsy/Lumpectomy
    • Sentinel node
    • Needle localization
  • Various types of mastectomy with axillary node dissection
    • Modified radical mastectomy
    • Segmental resection
    • Lumpectomy
    • Skin sparing surgery with reconstruction
  • Thyroidectomy open and endoscopic approach
  • Herniorraphy; open and laparoscopic
    • Incisional
    • Inguinal
    • Umbilical
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (Hiatal Hernia)
  • Appendectomy: open and laparoscopic
  • Cholecystectomy
    • Open
    • Laparoscopic
    • With cholangiogram
  • Colon resection with and without colostomy
  • Gasterectomy with and without gastrostomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Liver resection
  • Splenectomy: open and laparoscopic
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy – Whipple


Week Three OB/GYN -The following procedures will be examined as open and endoscopic:


  • Cervical
    • Cervical biopsy
    • Cervical cerclage (Shirodkar’s procedure)
    • Dilation and curettage (D&C)
    • Hysteroscopy
  • Uterine
    • Cesarean section
    • Endometrial ablation
    • Hysterectomy
      • Laparoscopic
      • Robotic assisted
      • Total abdominal
      • Vaginal
    • Myomectomy
    • Uterine radiation seeding
  • Ovarian
    • Oophorectomy
  • Fallopian Tubes
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Salpingectomy
    • Sterilization procedures
    • Tuboplasty
  • External genitalia
    • Labioplasty
    • Perineal laceration
    • Vulvectomy
  • Vaginal
    • Ablation of condylomata
    • Marsupialization of Bartholin’s gland (cystectomy)
  • Pelvic
    • Anterior and posterior repair (colporrhaphy)
    • Diagnostic laparoscopy
    • Total pelvic exoneration
    • Wertheim procedure



WEEK Four  - Genitourinary -The following procedures will be examined as open and endoscopic:


  • Kidney
    • Nephrectomy
    • Kidney transplant
    • Wilm’s tumor excision
  • Ureter
    • Ureteroscopy
    • Ureteropyelithotomy
  • Bladder
    • Cystoscopy
    • TURBT
    • Cystsctomy with creation of ileal conduit
    • Suspension (TVT/sling)
  • Prostate
    • TURP
    • Prostatectomy
    • Laparascopic with robot
    • Suprapubic
    • Prostate seeding
  • Penile
    • Circumcision
    • Epispadias repair
    • Hypospadias repair
    • Penile implant insertion
    • Penectomy
  •  Testicular      
    • Hydrocelectomy
    • Orchiopexy      
    • Orchiectomy



WEEK Five & SIx   Otorhinolaryngology - The following procedures will be examined as open and endoscopic:


  • Oral cavity and throat
    • Laryngectomy
    • Parotidectomy
    • Radical neck dissection
      • Glossectomy
      • Mandibulectomy
  • Temporomandibular joint arthroscopy (TMJ)
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A)
  • Tracheotomy and tracheostomy
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Nose
    • Choanal atresia
    • Endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
    • Nasal antrostomy
    • Nasal polypectomy
    • Septoplasty – Rhinoplasty (Chapter 19)
    • Turbinectomy
  • Ear
    • Cochlear implant
    • Mastoidectomy
    • Myringotomy
    • Stapedectomy
    • Tympanplasty
    • Otoplasty


 WEEK five and Six  - Oral/Maxillofacial


  • Maxillary and mandibular fractures
    • ORIF
    • Arch bar application
  • Cleft repair
    • Lip
    • Palate
  • Odontectomy
    • Tooth extraction
  • Maxillary fractures
    • LeFort I
    • LeFort II
    • LeFort III
  • Frontal fractures
    • ORIF orbital fracture

WEEK SEVEN and EIGHT  - Orthopedic - The following procedures will be examined as open and endoscopic:


  • Shoulder
    • Acromioplasty
    • Bankart
    • Arthroscopy
    • Total athroplasty
  • Radius
    • ORIF
    • External fixator
  • Knee
    • Arthroscopy
    • Anterior cruciate ligament repair
    • Total arthroplasty
    • Amputation
      • Above the knee
      • Below the knee
  • Hip
    • ORIF
    • Total arthroplasty
  • Femur
    • Femoral shaft fracture
    • Rodding
  • Ankle and Foot
    • Achilles tendon repair
    • Triple arthrodesis
    • Bunionectomy


Additional Information


The policies and procedures contained in this course syllabus are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and ALL of the students. 

Students are real people that experience real problems from time to time.  Depending upon the circumstances surrounding a specific problem, it may be appropriate for the instructor to approve an exception to a certain syllabus policy.  Any such exception will be made on an individual basis and at the sole discretion of the instructor and will not be considered cause for a precedent.


The goal of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment as entry level surgical technologist and become contributing members of the health care team. This will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains and meeting or exceeding the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.”

(ARC/STSA ST Standards Interpretive Guide p12)


Amarillo College Surgical Technology is accredited by CAAHEP - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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Syllabus Created on:

12/31/21 7:57 AM

Last Edited on:

12/31/21 8:04 AM