SGT 202 Pharmacology for Surgical Technology

Campus Location:
Effective Date:
BIO 121, BIO 125, SGT 100


Course Credits and Hours:
1.00 credits
1.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides a foundation in pharmacology.  Students are instructed how to safely and appropriately prepare and manage operating room medications and solutions as well as analyze the principles of anesthesia administration.  Students explain the necessity of each component of anesthesia preparation of the surgical patient.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Describe terms and abbreviations related to pharmacology.  (CCC 1, 3; PGC 5)
  2. Describe the development and regulation of drugs.  (CCC 1; PGC 5)
  3. Determine the role of the surgical technologist in medication administration and preparation. (CCC 1, 5; PGC 1, 4, 5)
  4. Identify medications and solutions used in surgery.  (CCC 4, 5; PGC 2, 3, 5)
  5. Interpret physiological monitoring during surgery.  (CCC 3, 5, 6; PGC 2, 3, 5)
  6. Identify various choices of anesthesia and its complications.  (CCC 1, 3, 5; PGC 1, 2, 5)
  7. Calculate medication conversions and dosages.  (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC 2, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe terms and abbreviations related to pharmacology.
    1. Define pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.
    2. Differentiate among action, therapeutic action, and effects.
    3. Explain medication classifications.
    4. Distinguish different routes of medication administration.
    5. Differentiate among a drug’s chemical name, trade name, and generic name.
    6. List information found on medication labels.
  2. Describe the development and regulation of drugs.
    1. Identify sources of drug products and provide examples.
    2. Identify applicable governmental regulations related to development and therapeutic usage of drugs.
    3. Interpret federal and state roles in regulating drugs.
    4. Define medication development, testing, and sources of publication.
    5. Describe proper storage and handling precautions for medications.
    6. Define laws, policies, and procedures related to medications.
  3. Determine the role of the surgical technologist in medication administration and preparation.
    1. List the six rights of medication administration.
    2. Apply the correct protocol when receiving medications and solutions onto the sterile field.
    3. Demonstrate proper principles of asepsis when delivering and receiving medication to the field.
    4. Demonstrate proper technique for drawing up medications, and describe proper supplies.
    5. Apply standard precautions when using needles and glass ampules.
  4. Identify medications and solutions used in surgery.
    1. Describe classifications, names, usage, and proper handling of agents.
    2. Give examples of various packaging of medications.
    3. Describe alternative medications such as herbal medicine and nutritional supplements.
    4. State the purpose for the uses of surgical medication.
  5. Interpret physiological monitoring during surgery.
    1. Explain rational and parameters of physiological monitoring.
    2. Describe the monitoring process.
    3. Identify basic anesthesia equipment and monitoring devices.
    4. Demonstrate proper placement of monitoring devices.
  6. Identify various choices of anesthesia and its complications.
    1. Define anesthesia.
    2. Determine factors that influence anesthesia selection.
    3. Describe multiple anesthesia choices and medications used.
    4. Differentiate various surgical team roles during administration.
    5. Identify components of an anesthesia machine and methods of delivering.
    6. Clarify airway management and types of airways.
    7. Define the phases and stages of general anesthesia.
    8. Define the various routes of administration of anesthetics.
    9. Specify the complications related to anesthesia.
    10. State the purpose for the use of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative medication.
  7. Calculate medication conversions and dosages.
    1. Calculate unit per milliliter dosages.
    2. Calculate amount /dosages delivered.
    3. Combine, reconstitute, and dilute surgical medications.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Exams (4) (Equally Weighted) (Summative)


Assignments (Formative)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of all surgical team members.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to anticipate the needs of surgical patients by properly preparing the operating room suite, equipment, and instrumentation required for surgical interventions.
  3. Demonstrate a professional demeanor when communicating with patients and fellow team members.
  4. Synthesize a surgical conscience.
  5. Participate as an effective and clinically proficient member of the surgical team throughout the perioperative, intraoperative and immediate postoperative periods.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.