Surgical Technology Program Outcomes

Surgical Technology Program

Program Outcomes

The Surgical Technology Program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is pleased to inform students, faculty and the community about the program outcomes for the Surgical Technology Program. Several major outcomes are regularly monitored in order to continually improve the surgical technology program at KCC: graduate completion rate, Outcomes Assessment Exam/Certified Surgical Technologist Exam pass rate, graduation placement rate, employer satisfaction and graduate satisfaction.

Graduate Completion Rate:

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Completion Rate 60%

 

Outcomes Assessment Exam/Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Pass Rate:

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Pass Rate 67%

 

Graduate Placement Rate:

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Placement Rate 83%

 

Employer Satisfaction:

Employer Satisfaction Surveys are sent out no sooner than 9 months after employment. To reach a 100% satisfaction rate, 85% or higher of all surveys returned must show 24 out of the 28 questions ranked at 3 or greater on the 5 point Likert scale.

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Satisfaction Rate 100%

 

Graduate Satisfaction:

Graduate Satisfaction Surveys are sent out no sooner than 6 months after graduation.  To reach a 100% satisfaction rate, 85% or greater of all surveys returned must show 7 out of the 8 questions ranked at 3 or greater on the 5 point Likert scale.

Semester/Year Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Satisfaction Rate 100%

 

Surgical Technology Science – Certificate Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology Science, the student should have/be able to:

  • Awareness of the nature, purpose and common procedures in an operating room.
  • Beginning awareness of the role, training requirements and legal responsibilities of the Surgical Technologist.
  • Identifying the members of the surgical team and the general nature of their communication and responsibility to the patient and each other.
  • Recognizing the special needs of the surgical patient during the preparatory, procedural and post-surgical phases.
  • Recognizing the major structures and functions of each of the seven body systems.
  • Determining the planes and movements of the body using proper medical terms.
  • Recognizing the types of tissues which will be encountered in surgical procedures.
  • Using medical word parts; common roots prefixes and suffixes to decipher and composite medical terms.
  • Using medical terms related to the various body systems, conditions of illness, diagnostic tests and treatments.
  • Distinguishing between types of microorganisms and their chief characteristics.
  • Recognizing conditions which favor the growth and inhibition of bacteria.
  • Anticipating the surgical technologist’s role in preventing infection through sterilization, disinfection and the use of aseptic technique.
  • Applying a variety of strategies to learn the numerous terms and concepts of these modules.

Surgical Technology I – Certificate Description:

Surgical Technology I utilizes classroom, laboratory and onsite simulated experiences to prepare students in the basics of the operating environment, gowning, gloving, setting up sterile instruments and maintaining a sterile environment. Students are introduced to the legal and ethical responsibilities and role of the Surgical Technologist.

Certificate Competencies:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology I, the student should be able to do the following in a simulated lab setting:

  • Prepare the room for a surgical procedure by dressing according to code then obtaining and opening supplies and instruments without contamination.
  • Prepare self by scrubbing using proper technique, gowning and gloving without contamination.
  • Prepare the table by covering the Mayo stand, placing drapes in order of use, setting up the back table with instruments and supplies, preparing and counting needles, sponges, blades and instruments with the circulating nurse.
  • Prepare the surgeon by assisting with gowning and gloving.
  • Correctly pass towels for draping to the surgeon.
  • Remove instruments and supplies, gown and gloves at the end of the procedure.

Surgical Technology II – Certificate Description

Certificate Description: Surgical Technology II continues classroom and onsite experiences to help students learn the basic surgical setup and shutdown, practicing surgical asepsis and providing table-side assistance in the second scrub role. This certificate adds skills and knowledge related to general surgery and surgical oncology.

Certificate Competencies:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology II, the student should be able to:

  • Assist in opening procedures by gowning and gloving self and physician, setup and draping.
  • Explain the physical and chemical methods used to protect patients and workers from invasion by pathogenic microbes.
  • Explain the operative sequence in the opening and closing of a wound and the effect of the surgical procedure on wound healing.
  • Explain the types of anesthesia used in minor and major cases.
  • Demonstrate the preparation and handling of a variety of stapling materials and devices.
  • Perform as second scrub on cases with the preceptor (students may first scrub on minor procedures at the discretion of preceptor).

Surgical Technology III – Certificate Description:

Surgical Technology III continues classroom and onsite experiences in which the student scrubs on general surgeries and as available, specialty procedures. Students increase their knowledge and skill while assisting the surgeon, preparing and maintaining supplies and equipment and communicating as a member of the surgical team. This certificate adds skills and knowledge related to orthopedic, plastic, ear, nose and throat, genitourinary, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular surgery.

Certificate Competencies:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology III, the student should be able to:

  • Gown, glove and drape proficiently.
  • Perform as first scrub, applying knowledge of the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications.

Surgical Technology IV – Certificate Description:

Surgical Technology IV continues classroom and onsite experiences in general and specialty procedures. Students apply knowledge of the basic sciences to their understanding of operative procedures and surgical care. They increase their proficiency in the role of first scrub as they begin to assume a fully participatory role on the surgical team. This certificate adds skills and knowledge related to neurosurgical, head and heck, thoracic, ophthalmic, organ procurement and transplantation, obstetrical and gynecological surgical procedures and traumatic injuries.

Certificate Competencies:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology IV, the student should be able to:

  • Prepare for procedures: open supplies, scrub, gown and glove, and set up back table and Mayo stand for entry-level procedures.
  • Identify developing emergency situations, initiate appropriate action, and assist in treatment of the patient.
  • Perform as first scrub for a variety of entry-level procedures, applying knowledge of the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications.

Surgical Technology V – Certificate Description:

Surgical Technology V provides clinical experiences in which the students finalize their skill as first scrub and as members of the surgical team. They function with increasing independence as they prepare for certification and perform as entry-level employment as Surgical Technologists.

Certificate Competencies:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence in Surgical Technology V, the student should be able to:

  • Function as beginning surgical technologists, demonstrating teamwork and a good surgical conscience at all times.
  • Perform as first scrub for a variety of entry-level procedures, applying knowledge of the relevant anatomy, indications for surgery, patient preparation, special equipment and supplies, purpose and expected outcome, and possible complications.

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