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, and 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.
Note: Students must meet the background check and immunizations requirements prior to enrolling. Many clinical partners require that students provide proof of COVID vaccination. Clinical placements may be unavailable for students who are not fully immunized.
Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring (see below for specific entry requirements for each)
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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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.
The next opportunity to apply for the Surgical Technologist Program will be for Spring Quarter 2022. Please continue to check the program webpage for any updates.
Applications will be received via email to Program Director Annejeannette M. Serba at email@example.com.
Application packet must contain a copy of high school diploma/transcript or equivalent and unofficial transcript showing completion of prerequisites with minimum GPA within the past five years.
- Include your name, email address and phone number in the body of your email.
- Copy of high school diploma/transcript or equivalent such as GED.
- Unofficial transcript showing completion of prerequisites with minimum GPA within the past five years.
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 the program
|Fall 2021 Entry|
|AMATH 190 Financial Algebra equivalent or higher|
|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 CastleBranch.com and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes Against Persons list).
- Website: http://portal.castlebranch.com/rr63
- Package code: RR73
- Cost: $98 (do not create an account prior to invitation and registration to the program)
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.
*Vaccinations must be current while on externships
- Annual Tuberculosis skin test. TB tests must show as current through the entire clinical experience at the time of onboarding. Renewal may be required before one year.
- 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 CastleBranch.com
- Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
- Although the COVID vaccination is not currently a program admission requirement, our clinical partners may require a student to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID. Clinical placements may be unavailable for students who are not fully immunized.
- 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
UPDATE: All healthcare students who have clinical rotations, externships and internships must follow the vaccination requirements of the healthcare institution where they will be working-i.e., must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption prior to their clinical rotation, externship or internship experience. Read the latest COVID-19 Allied Health Policy.
|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|
|COL 101||College Success||2|
|SURG 102||HC Provider First Aid/CPR, AED and Bloodborne Pathogens||2|
|SURG 103||Operating Room Environment||3|
|Approved Transfer Math option*||5|
|Quarter 1 Total||12|
|SURG 130||Medical Terminology||3|
|Approved Social Science option^||5|
|Quarter 2 Total||11|
|SURG 101||Surgical Techniques||5|
|SURG 106||Surgical Procedures I||3|
|SURG 109||Skills Laboratory I||6|
|Quarter 3 Total||17|
|SURG 107||Surgical Procedures II||13|
|SURG 115||Skills Laboratory II||5|
|Quarter 4 Total||18|
|SURG 112||Professional Preparation I||1|
|SURG 180||Human Relations||3|
|SURG 194||Operating Room Clinical Practicum I||11|
|Quarter 5 Total||15|
|SURG 113||Professional Preparation II||1|
|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|
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 (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
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