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.

The application Deadline for fall quarter entry was July 1st. The next entry opportunity is spring quarter 2020.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 29th through Monday, February 10th.

Enrollment Point: Spring, Fall

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
73 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
93 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
93 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

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

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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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.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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.

You may reserve your seat by visiting our Info Session page.

  • Tuesday, January 21, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 4 – 5:30 p.m.      

The Surgical Technologist Program will accept spring 2020 online applications on a first-come, first-serve basis from Monday, January 27th through Monday, February 10th.

Steps for application to the program:

  1. Apply here CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE (This will not be active until 8 a.m., January 27th and will close 5 p.m. February 10th). This online application will generate a confirmation email sent to you. This is your date and time verification for your application.
  2. Submit your Application Packet to the lock box located outside the office of Surgical Technologist Program Director Aj Serba (Allied Health Building B, room B-126). Packets must be in a sealed legal sized envelope (4x9-inch). Application packet MUST be complete (incomplete packets will not be considered).

The Application Packet must include:

  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. Proof of eligibility for/or completion of ENGL& 101 (college level writing course)
  4. Satisfactory completion of an approved 5-credit college-level Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology course (must include lab) or its equivalent with a 2.0 GPA within 5 years prior to entry to the program.

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


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

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Must be eligible for ENGL& 101
  • Must provide proof of high school diploma/transcript/ or GED
  • Completion of an approved five-credit college-level Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology course or its equivalent with a 2.0 GPA within five years prior to entry to the program.
  • Upon invitation and acceptance to the Surgical Technologist Program must provide confirmation of an account established with and pass a Nationwide criminal background check (Crimes against persons list) (use package code Rr73). Do not create an account prior to invitation and registration to the program – cost is $99.


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 are dated and signed by their healthcare provider. Immunization Timeline Table.

  • Annual Tuberculosis skin testing
  • Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Annual background-check through
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and immunity titer)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Varicella (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) within last 10 years
  • 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 Crs
SURG 101 Surgical Techniques 5
SURG 102 HC Provider First Aid/CPR, AED and Bloodborne Path 2
SURG 103 Operating Room Environment 3
SURG 106 Surgical Procedures I 2
SURG 107 Surgical Procedures II 6
SURG 108 Surgical Procedures III 5
SURG 109 Skills Laboratory I 4
SURG 110 Surgical Procedures IV 2
SURG 112 Professional Preparation I 1
SURG 113 Professional Preparation II 1
SURG 115 Skills Laboratory II 2
SURG 117 Skills Laboratory III 2
SURG 118 Skills Laboratory IV 3
SURG 130 Medical Terminology 3
SURG 131 Microbiology 3
SURG 132 Pharmacology 3
SURG 170 Communications 4
SURG 180 Human Relations 3
SURG 192 Allied Clinical Practicum I 3
SURG 193 Allied Clinical Practicum II 4
SURG 194 Operating Room Clinical Practicum I 2
SURG 195 Operating Room Clinical Practicum II 6
SURG 196 Operating Room Clinical Practicum III 5
AMATH 166G Applied Mathematics 2
  Total 73

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
BIOL  105 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20


General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
BIOL&  260 Microbiology 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication or 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology   
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Surgical Technologist Program:

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 Outcomes/Goals

  • 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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