Surgical Technologist

Surgery is complex and delicate work, done by a team of highly trained experts. Surgical specialists are a key part of that team, helping with important tasks such as tracking supplies and surgical equipment, preparing the operating room, an assisting doctors and nurses during procedures. The Surgical Technologist Program trains students to work as a scrub person, and secondarily as a circulator in a surgery setting. Students also study endoscopy, labor and delivery, and sterile processing. Much of the training occurs in local hospitals. Students must complete a total of 120 surgical cases acting in various roles. They are not paid while completing their clinical rotations.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring (see below for specific entry requirements for each)

AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
108 Credits

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Does not reflect Spring 2020 remote learning. Hours vary according to program. For the most current information, see the Class Schedule.

Megan Graham, Annejeannette Serba

Entry Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Surgical Technologist Program at Renton Technical College.

Important note - Make sure you thoroughly understand program and application expectations by attending one of the following information sessions. This is an opportunity to meet the instructors; as well as learn how to apply to the program.

Date/Time (click to join) Meeting ID Phone
June 9 at 8 a.m, Tuesday 973 3222 1923 (253) 215-8782
June 9 at 4 p.m, Tuesday 947 0618 6385 (253) 215-8782
June 10 at 8 a.m., Wednesday 935 3434 1259 (253) 215-8782
June 10 at 4 p.m., Wednesday 925 8196 2126 (253) 215-8782

Steps for application to the program:

UPDATE:  The Fall Quarter 2020 application process will open on July 1, 2020 and close on July 17, 2020.

Apply here CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE (This will not be active until 8 a.m., July 1, 2020 and will close 5 p.m. July 17, 2020). This online application will generate a confirmation email sent to you. This is your date and time verification for your application.

The Application Packet must include: 
(Note: Packets must be in a sealed legal sized envelope (4x9-inch). Application packet MUST be complete. Incomplete packets will not be considered).

  1. Surgical Technologist Program application confirmation (emailed to you after online application is submitted).
  2. Copy of High School Diploma/Transcript/GED or equivalent
  3. Unofficial copy of transcripts showing completion of all prerequisites with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Prerequisites completed within 5 years prior to entry.
    • Exception: may be in progress of BIOL 242 at time of application; acceptance to program contingent on 2.0 minimum GPA. 

If you have questions please contact Colleen Bassham, the Academic/Career Counselor, for the program at

Submit your Application Packet to:

To accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions, applications will be accepted by mail at:

Renton Technical College
Attn: Annejeannette M. Serba, Surgical Technologist Program Director
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton WA, 98056

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Surgical Technologist Program, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 years by the beginning of the fifth quarter
  • (High School student or) High School Diploma/GED (or equivalent) at time of enrollment
  • English Fluency (verbal and written)
  • Prerequisite Courses:
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA 
    • Completed within 5 years prior to entry into program

Prerequisite Courses

Fall 2020 Entry
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra
BIOL& 160 General Biology
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (may be in progress at time of application, acceptance to program contingent on 2.0 minimum GPA
ENGL& 101 English Composition

Upon invitation and acceptance to the Surgical Technologist Program, students must provide confirmation of an account established with and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes Against Persons list).

Screening and Tracking Requirements

After invitation to the program, students must meet vaccination and program specific health requirements in compliance with the Center for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines, including the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports and immunization records, which must be dated and signed by their healthcare provider.

Immunization Timeline Table

*Vaccinations must be current while on externships

  • Annual Tuberculosis skin test
  • Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and immunity titer)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Varicella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Annual background-check through
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
  • Current (within one year) physical evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Surgical Technologist:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods
    • Absence of chronic skin conditions on hands and arms

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 5
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Prerequisites Total 25
Quarter 1    
COL 101 College Success 2
SURG 102 HC Provider First Aid/CPR, AED and Bloodborne Pathogens 2
SURG 130 Medical Terminology 3
  Approved Transfer Math option* 5
  Quarter 1 Total 12
Quarter 2    
SURG 103 Operating Room Environment 3
SURG 131 Microbiology 3
  Approved Social Science option^ 5
  Quarter 2 Total 11
Quarter 3    
SURG 101 Surgical Techniques 5
SURG 106 Surgical Procedures I 3
SURG 109 Skills Laboratory I 6
SURG 132 Pharmacology 3
  Quarter 3 Total 17
Quarter 4    
SURG 107 Surgical Procedures II 13
SURG 115 Skills Laboratory II 5
  Quarter 4 Total 18
Quarter 5    
SURG 112 Professional Preparation I 1
SURG 180 Human Relations 3
SURG 194 Operating Room Clinical Practicum I 11
  Quarter 5 Total 15
Quarter 6    
SURG 113 Professional Preparation II 1
SURG 170 Communications 4
SURG 195 Operating Room Clinical Practicum II 5
  Quarter 6 Total 10
  AAS-T Degree Total 108

*Approved Transfer Math Options:

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH& 107 Math in Society 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5


^Approved Social Science Options:

Course # Course Title Cedits
ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

Program Outcomes


The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assume the role of a competent, caring Surgical Technologist in a variety of healthcare settings, under the direct supervision of the licensed healthcare provider.
  • Demonstrate the principles of aseptic technique and apply safe practices in the healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills; prioritizing, analyzing, anticipating, resolving problems and acting instinctively and decisively in the healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the Surgical Technologist profession.
  • Communicate effectively in the perioperative healthcare environment with all members of the healthcare team.

 Outcomes Assessment Exam Pass Rate 2015 – 90%


The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

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