Professional Readiness Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SRGT-2130-001 Professional Readiness


Course Description

Overview of professional readiness for employment, attaining certification and maintaining certification status.

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Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(1 sem hr; 1 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


No books required for this course.


Student will need access to personal computer or use of computers located in the Library to complete assignments

Student Performance



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Transition into the professional role of the surgical technologist. Includes professional readiness for employment, attaining certification, and maintaining certification status. A capstone experience may be included. (1 SEM hrs; 1 lec)


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

  1. Discuss affective behavior as it relates to the role of the surgical team member.
  2. Discuss how to obtain and maintain professional credentialing.
  3. Discuss action to secure employment in the health care field and maintaining employment.
  4. Explore personal employability qualities and develop an employment strategy.
  5. Discuss development of a resume.
  6. Discuss and compare types of employment applications. (on-line and paper)
  7. Discuss interview process.
  8. Apply knowledge learned and demonstrated throughout year to pass National Certification Examination for Surgical Technology
  9. Discuss concepts of health and wellnes



COURSE 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 70% as evaluated by the course instructor.


  1. Describe each behavior as it relates to the role of the surgical team member
  2. Analyze activities that reflect positive examples of each behavior.
  3. Integrate the behaviors into professional practice.
  4. Identify the various functions of professional credentialing and relate their significance to the profession of surgical technology.
  5. Compare and contrast certification, registration and licensure.
  6. Assess the personal and professional importance of becoming certified.
  7. Compare the various methods of professional development.
  8. Formulate a plan for professional development.
  9. Explore employment opportunities
  10. Explore facilities that employ CST.
  11. Assess current trends and employment opportunities for the surgical technologist.
  12. Develop a plan of action to secure employment in the health care field.
  13. Evaluate personal employability qualities
  14. Develop an employment strategy that includes positive characteristics
  15. Develop a professional resume.
  16. Compare various types of employment in surgical technology.
  17. Analyze various interview strategies.
  18. Demonstrate interview process
  19. Compare the different types of applications on-line and paper.
  20. Review surgical technology course material to prepare for certification exam.
  21. Discuss questions in certification review test bank.
  22. Discuss testing techniques or study tips to better prepare for certification exam.
  23. Apply knowledge reviewed to take practice exams.
  24. Discuss and implement concepts of health and wellness




Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Amarillo College students should be familiar with the contents of Amarillo College’s Rights and Responsibilities document.  Copies of the pamphlet are available free to students from the Business Office, Registrar’s Office and the Dean of Student Services.


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



  1. Attendance = 20 %
  2. Class Participation = 30%
  3. Resume Portfolio = 50 %


The following grade scale applies throughout this course:

                     A= 89.5-100%

                         B= 79.5-89.4

                        C= 75-79.4

                         F= less than 74.9




MAKE-UP POLICY: There will be No makeup on any quizzes.  A zero (0) will be given for the missed quiz.   There are NO exceptions to the make-up policies. 



ATTENDANCE POLICY:  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. .NO absences permitted.

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


Class will consist of two full 8 hour days and an etiquette luncheon

Students will be responsible for $11 for their luncheon.

No books required. 


Students must have access to a computer.  Students will have assignments outside of class with the career center to complete video interview and resume’ portfolio

Additional Information



Class Schedule:

Class will consist of two full days of lecture, discussion, interaction with other students and a guest speaker.

Discuss communication and behaviors in the operating room.  Discuss role of Surgical Technologist as a team member. 

 Discuss scope of practice, obtaining certification, and maintaining credentials.  Discuss importance of involvement in a one's own professional organization.

  Discuss personal employment qualities, identify strengths and weaknesses in skills, and develop a personal strategy to obtain employment.  Review of Netiquettes, emails, letters writing.  Social media, "Do they really look?"

 "Making a Commitment to Your Job." Attendance, Punctuality, Reliability, Accountability and Attitude.

 "Personal Traits of Health Care Professional."  Character, reputation, making decision. Respect, honesty, ethics, and morals.

 "Working with others" What is a professional relationship, interpersonal relationships, personalities, manners, communication skills and conflict resolution. Customer service role play. **Etiquette Training

 “Professionalism, and your life." Appearance and Grooming.

What are the benefits you have learned in your practicum.  Discussion of clinical and enuring your success.

Guest Speaker, Career planning, Resume’s, T-Letters, Job aps on line....What are "they" looking for! Interviewing.


Etiquette Luncheon at Macaroni Joe's.

Syllabus Created on:

05/14/22 7:48 PM

Last Edited on:

05/14/22 7:54 PM