This programme is designed to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to gain employment as a surgical operating room technician. Their duties and responsibilities span from preparing operating rooms for surgery, to responsibility for having surgical instruments, supplies, and other equipment ready for the operation. They assist doctors by ensuring that all equipment is functioning properly, and prepare the patient for the operation by disinfecting the part of the body which is due to be incised. They also assist in handing surgeons needed instruments during surgery, and for equipment and supplies inventory, before and after the operation. They deliver specimens to hospital laboratories for analysis, and also move patients to and from the operating room and the recovery room.
The programme runs for a 15 month period, and consists of 9 modules, with a total of 1020 contact hours, which would generate 68 credits. Students will be trained via lectures, demonstrations, practical/lab sessions, monitoring, mentoring and an externship, and will be assessed throughout the programme based on the five criteria set out in the student evaluation document. Students will study all aspects of surgery, including law and ethics surrounding surgery, surgical environment, pharmacology, microbiology, sterilization, aseptic techniques, OSHA, transporting and positioning surgical patients, wound closure, anaesthesia, instrument exchange and count, surgical instruments, surgical emergencies, communication skills, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and surgical procedures for the various medical specialties.