Surgical Technology

89% Employed in Field

In a surgical environment, the healthcare professionals who provide surgical care are surgical technologists.

Surgical Technologists are an important part of the operating room team. The PTI Surgical tech program will train you to work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery.

Key Benefits

  • The PTI Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee — Surgical Technology (ARC–ST).
  • PTI surgical technology students benefit from a state–of–the–industry surgical technology lab which replicates the operating room environment.
  • You will learn from instructors who have worked or continue to work in the field and understand what it takes to be successful.
  • PTI has an advisory board of medical professionals that guides our curriculum so you learn what the healthcare field is looking for in skills and experience.


 

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Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Employment

    PTI is proud to have a 89% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Surgical Technology Degree.

    PTI Surgical Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

    • Hospitals
    • Medical centers
    • Ambulatory Care Centers
    • Private employment with a surgeon
    • Research
    • Traveling surgical technologists
    • Veterinary facilities
  • Key Skills

    In the PTI Surgical Technology Program you will learn key skills such as:

    • Anticipating the needs of the surgeon
    • Caring for instruments
    • Handling sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments
    • Cutting sutures
    • Disassembling the sterile field
    • Donning operation room attire
    • CPR and First Aid
    • Gathering supplies and equipment for special cases
    • Holding retractors
    • Intraoperative skills
    • Maintaining the sterile field
    • Passing instruments to the surgeon
    • Postoperative skills
    • Preoperative skills
    • Preparing and applying dressings
    • Preparing the operating room
    • Scrubbing for surgery
    • Transporting patients
  • Certifications

    • Graduates can take the CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) exam.
    • Graduates receive CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Courses

    SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION
    Medical Terminology 1
    This course introduces the student to the language of medicine. Using a systemic approach, students learn roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms to build a usable medical vocabulary. Abbreviations common to body systems will be discussed.
    Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
    This course examines the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of selected diseases and disorders of each body system. The subjects of congenital abnormalities, pediatric illnesses, and pain and its management are included.
    Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist
    This course introduces pharmacological aspects that correlate with the operating room and surrounding settings. The student will compare and contrast methods, agents, and techniques of administration and preparation of various medications and solutions. Topics to be covered will include surgical team roles during administration, care and handling of medications and solutions, medication measurements and calculations, packaging and delivery sources of medications, and classification of agents used in surgery.
    Anatomy and Physiology 1
    This course introduces the student to concepts of anatomy and physiology. This course includes an introduction to structural units of the body, cellular function, and basic pharmacological principles. Systems to be examined include: the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous, sensory system, reproductive system.
    Microbiology
    The focus of this course is on the structure, function, and environment of microorganisms with emphasis on those which are pathogenic. Discussion topics will include an introduction to the basic principles of microbiology, the morphology and life cycle of bacteria, epidemiology, immunology, and control of microorganisms. The pathogenesis and progression of infectious disease will also be explored. Co-requisite: NUR111.
    Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
    This course is an introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used to observe and identify anatomical structures and demonstrate physiological principles. Students will examine dissected specimens, anatomical models, and charts to achieve course competencies. Topics discussed include anatomical terminology, cellular form and function, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Co-requisite: NUR103.
    Anatomy and Physiology 2
    This course is a systemic review of human biology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms that allow for normal anatomic and physiologic function. References will be made to pathological conditions when appropriate. Topics of discussion will include blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immunology, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems along with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance mechanisms. Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUR103, NUR108, NUR111 AND NUR113. Co-requisite: NUR119.
    Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
    This course is an introduction to the basic laboratory techniques used to observe and identify anatomical structures and demonstrate physiological principles. Students will examine dissected specimens, anatomical models, and charts to achieve course competencies. Topics discussed include blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immunology, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems along with fluid/electrolyte and acid-base balance mechanisms. Co-requisite: NUR118.
    Orientation to Surgical Technology
    This course provides the student with basic surgical protocols and procedures. Course components include functions and responsibilities of the Surgical Technologist, historical development of the Surgical Technologist and ethics in the operating room. In addition, students will become familiar with the structure and design of the operating room as well as operating room occupational hazards, safety precautions and infection control standards set forth by OSHA and the CDC.
    Surgical Instrumentation
    This course introduces the student to the basic instruments of surgery. The student will prepare supplies and equipment for surgery. Topics to be covered include classification, safe usage, care, decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments. Hands-on practice selecting instruments and accessories will be provided.
    Foundations of Surgery
    This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and procedures of surgical care. Topics to be covered include aseptic technique, hand washing, the surgical scrub and surgical gowning techniques, as well as anesthesia concepts, and medications needed for surgical procedures. Lab exercises will be conducted to provide hands-on practical experience. Prerequisites: SGT102 and SGT112.
    Surgical Preparation, Equipment, and Supplies
    In this course the student will become familiar with the procedures necessary for patient preparation for surgery. It will include preparation of the surgical site, draping, wound management, and patient psychological and emotional concerns regarding surgery. The student will also become familiar with the various equipment and supplies used in the operating room. Topics to be covered include equipment and precautions used in electrosurgery and laser surgery, vacuums, robotics used for minimally invasive surgery, catheters and drains, and hemostatic agents. The students will gain hands-on experience with the various machines and equipment used in surgery. Students will learn how to properly drape the patient prior to surgery. Prerequisites: SGT102, SGT112 and SGT114.
    Principles of Surgery
    This course incorporates the daily procedures and protocols of the surgical process. The student will become familiar with the various routines in the operating room such as case assignments, gathering supplies, surgeon’s preference cards, operating room records; back table and Mayo stand set-up, hand signals, safe handling of specimens, and the required sponge counts. The student will gain knowledge of transporting and positioning patients. Lab exercises will be conducted to provide hands-on practical experience. Prerequisites: SGT114 and SGT122.
    Surgical Technology 1
    This course is the first course that will cover the specific requirements of the main surgical procedures. Surgical procedures to be covered include general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, biliary tract, pancreas and spleen surgery, rectal surgery, hernia repair, breast and thyroid surgery, laparoscopic surgery and surgical stapling. Skills that have been previously mastered will be integrated in this course. The student will be provided with hands-on experience in preparing the necessary surgical trays for these procedures and then practice following the steps involved in the surgical procedure from beginning to end. Prerequisite: SGT126.
    Surgical Technology 2
    This course is the second course that will cover the specific requirements of main surgical procedures. Surgical procedures to be covered include obstetrics/gynecology surgery, urology surgery, and minimal access surgery. Skills that have been previously mastered will be integrated in this course. The student will be provided with hands-on experience in preparing the necessary surgical trays for these procedures and then practice following the steps involved in the surgical procedures from beginning to end. Prerequisite: SGT205.
    Surgical Technology 3
    This course is the third course that will cover the specific requirements of the main surgical procedures. Surgical procedures to be covered include orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery. Skills that have been previously mastered will be integrated in this course. The student will be provided with hands-on experience in preparing the necessary surgical trays for these procedures and then practice following the steps involved in the surgical procedures from beginning to end. Prerequisite: SGT205.
    Surgical Technology 4
    This course is the fourth course that will cover the specific requirements of the main surgical procedures. Cardiac, Thoracic and vascular surgical procedures will be covered. Skills that have been previously mastered will be integrated in this course. The student will be provided with hands-on experience in preparing the necessary surgical trays for these procedures and then practice following the steps involved in the surgical procedures from beginning to end. This course will also help prepare the student for the clinical experience by reviewing all previously mastered concepts and by providing the student with First aid and CPR instruction. Prerequisites: SGT225 and SGT235.
    Surgical Technology 5
    This course is the fifth course that will cover the specific requirements of the main surgical procedures. Surgical procedures to be covered include otorhinolaryngologic surgery, ophthalmic, dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery. The student will be provided with hands on experience in preparing the necessary surgical trays for these procedures and then practice following the steps involved in the surgical procedures from beginning to end. This course will also help prepare the student for the clinical experience by reviewing all previously mastered concepts and applying them to simulated experiences in the surgical technology lab. Prerequisites: SGT225 and SGT235.
    Clinical Rotation
    This course is conducted in a surgical facility and provides students a clinical experience with a variety of perioperative assignments. The student will experience a wide variety of operating room situations where he/she will use the skills learned in the classroom. Under the supervision of the clinical preceptor, the student will take part in surgical procedures and work as a member of the surgical team. Students will complete their clinical rotation at an affiliated site for three eight-hour days per week. Students will be assigned to a site according to their abilities and the needs of the affiliated site. No guarantee will be made that the student will be assigned to a specific hospital of their choice. It must be noted that some rotations begin at 6:00 a.m. and none later than 6:45 a.m. Students are responsible for parking and transportation to and from their affiliated site. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Surgical Technology core classes through term 6; passage of a 10-panel drug screen; Act 33, 34, 76 criminal clearances; completion of physical exam and all required immunization must be completed prior to clinical placement.
    Clinical Rounds Review
    The purpose of this course is to utilize prior knowledge and experience, as well as construct knowledge related to advanced clinical decision making, as it applies to surgical technology. All clinical documentation including evaluations and case logs will be completed at this time. The students will demonstrate, through their reflections, the process of obtaining a higher order of critical thinking. The students will have the opportunity to share experiences from their Clinical Rotation with the rest of the class to gain an appreciation of multiple perspectives on problems they may have encountered in the operating room. Students will also begin preparation for SGT265 (CST review) by completing brief reviews of previously mastered surgical technology concepts. This class must be taken in conjunction with SGT260.
    CST Review
    The purpose of this course is to prepare the students to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist Examination at the end of the student internship. The preparation will be completed through 11 weeks of online coursework. The online portion of the class will prepare the students by having class discussion and mock CST examinations. The final portion of this class will be to sit for the certified surgical technologist exam. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses and will be taken in conjunction with GSI219, the Surgical Technology Internship.
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 3
    The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and become actively involved in industry related activities. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    Surgical Technology Internship
    The 360-hour Internship experience will be conducted in a facility where there is an opportunity to observe, assist, learn, and perform in an on-the-job setting. It is a cooperative effort between the institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and while on their clinical rotation. It must be noted that some internships begin at 6:00 a.m. and none later than 6:45 a.m. Students are responsible for transportation to and from their affiliated site, via their own reliable automobile. The CST examination will be administered at PTI prior to the end of the internship. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all course requirements.
    GENERAL STUDIES
    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    Principles of Mathematics
    This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
    Psychology
    This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
    Ethics**
    This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Cultural Diversity
    This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
    **This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.
  • Careers

    PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:

    • Allegheny General Hospital
    • Center of Organ Recovery and Education (CORE)
    • Cleveland Clinic
    • Gabriel Pain & Spine Center
    • Ohio Valley General Hospital
    • Southwest Regional Medical Center
    • St. Clair Hospital
    • UPMC Children's Hospital
    • UPMC Magee
    • UPMC Mercy
    • UPMC Passavant
    • UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
    • UPMC Shadyside Hospital
    • UPMC South Hills Surgery Center
    • UPMC St. Margaret
    • Weirton Medical Center
    • West Penn Hospital

    Applicants for the Surgical Technology program must pass a required background check. Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

  • Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

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