Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Operating Room Nursing

BOYCE  
Certificate (634.1)

This program prepares students to develop entry-level nursing skills in the operating room. This certificate program is two semesters, the first concentrating on basic, introductory principles and procedures in the surgical setting and the second concentrating on surgical specialties. Each semester has an accompanying clinical experience in surgical suites in area hospitals.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Utilize appropriate techniques in positioning surgical patients and identify the physiological effects associated with improper position.
  2. Identify and demonstrate safe practices in the use of surgical supplies and equipment.
  3. Apply the principles of aseptic techniques in the surgical setting and monitor these principles in all members of the surgical team.
  4. Assess the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of the surgical patient during the perioperative phase of the health care experience.
  5. Utilize critical thinking skills in the application of scientific principles as they apply to the surgical patient.

Upon completion of this program, graduates may be employed as entry-level surgical nurses in hospitals and surgicenters. Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make a separate application to the program.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 16

First Semester

Course #

Course Name

Credits

ALH-106

Basic Life Support (CPR)

1

SUR-250

Introduction to Operating Room Nursing

2

SUR-251

Introduction to Operating Room Nursing Lab      

1

SUR-252

Operating Room Nursing Clinical

3

           

Total Credits

7

Second Semester

CIT-615

Computer Applications in Healthcare

1

SUR-260

Advanced Operating Room Nursing

4

SUR-261

Advanced Operating Room Nursing Clinical

4

                      

Total Credits

9

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