Surgical Assistant Program Course Descriptions

Medical Terminology MSA-502
2 Credit Hours

The medical terminology class is an intense, three-week course taught at the beginning of the Surgical Assistant student's first year.  The course employs a body systems-oriented, word-analysis approach to learning medical terminology.  The goal of the class is to prepare students for the terminology they might encounter in their subsequent coursework, in their clinical rotations and ultimately in their roles as health care professionals.

Principles of Surgical Assisting (1 & 2) MSA-517-520
2 & 2 Credit Hours

Principles of Surgical Assisting is a two-part course that teaches fundamental skills: Placement of monitoring devices, review of bladder catheterization, surgical positioning, application of tourniquets, prepping and draping, operative instrumentation, visualization techniques, hemostasis, suturing and knot tying techniques, dressings and drainage systems, post-operative pain control methods, and the use of special equipment.

Surgical Microbiology with lab MSA-503
4 Credit Hours          

Surgical Microbiology reviews the infectious processes and organisms, immune responses, risks to OR patients and personnel, and universal precautions.

Advanced Topics of Surgical Assisting (1 & 2) MSA-504/505   
1 & 1 Credit Hours

Advance Topics of Surgical Assisting is a monthly journal club that investigates topics addressed in the core curriculum classes as well as current issues impacting the surgical assisting profession. Course readings will be provided by program faculty and the surgical assistant professional organizations.  

Surgical Rounds MSA-507
3 Credit Hours

Surgical Rounds is a hands-on clinical training experience lead by Surgical Residents to complement the student’s didactic experience through active participation as part of a surgical team to develop the critical clinical skills needed for a surgical assistant.

Operative Practices and Clinical Reasoning MSA-506
2 Credit Hours

Lecture Series is a seminar course that explores the details of topics such as Attitude & Etiquette in the OR, Casting & Splinting, Stress Management, Ethics, Surgical Technique, OR Conduct & Patient Interaction, Back-Table Set Up and the SA, Trauma, Sterile Technique, Gowning & Gloving Review. The seminars are conducted by program alumni and other medical professionals.

Clinical Anatomy for Health Professions MSA-508
5 Credit Hours

Gross Anatomy is a regional study of anatomy related to surgical procedures with cadaver lab.  It also includes review of physiology relevant to survey and an introduction to basic embryology, histology, and pathology. 

Surgical Physiology MSA-515
4 Credit Hours

Surgical Physiology is a course provided by the bio physiology and applied surgical pathology for the advancement of knowledge application in the surgical environment designed for Surgical Assistant students. Topics including cell injury, inflammation and wound healing are covered

Advanced Surgical Pharmacology for SA  MSA-510
2 Credit Hours          

Advance Pharmacology is a biophysical science based course which examines drugs used in surgery and emergency drugs, reviewing anaphylactic and toxicity reactions.  The course also addresses anesthesia methods and agents and their methods of administration, describing how the surgical procedure may be affected by the agents used.

Minimally Invasive Surgery and Simulation Skills Lab  MSA-513
4 Credit Hours

This course is designed to give the surgical assistant student a broad look into minimally invasive surgery while introducing the techniques involved. Numerous sub-specialties, how minimally invasive techniques are utilized, and the history of these techniques will be discussed. Students will engage in hands-on learning to help facilitate the learning curve once they are in their clinical year.

Clinical Phase: 34 Credit Hours

Surgical Clinical Rotations MSA-700#'s
24 Credit Hours

Eight six weeks surgical clinical rotations (3 credits each): 1,920 hours of clinical experience with up to 25% of training in surgical specialty such as Orthopedics, Plastics, Cardiac, Vascular, and Neurological

Trauma Surgery Rotation MSA-600
2 Credit Hours

The Trauma Surgery is a designed to expose surgical assistant students to the specialty dedicated to the care of the individual who has been injured, whatever the mechanism. Students will complete two 25 hour rotations with teams at specific clinical training sites.

Business of Surgical Assisting Services MSA-601
3 Credit Hours

This course presents an in-depth overview of the business of surgical assisting. The student is exposed to all aspects of the surgical assisting business, to help them make informed career decisions.

Medical Ethics of Surgical Assisting MSA-602
2 Credit Hours

This course explores a variety of ethical and legal issues facing healthcare professionals and the Surgical Assisting profession.

Capstone Project MSA-603
3 Credit Hours

This is an applied science and practice application course.  Students develop an educational resource product in their area of surgical specialty concentration for contribution to the program’s resource library.