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.

Applications for spring quarter 2020 will be accepted from Monday, January 27th through Monday, February 10th.

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

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
108 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.

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Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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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.

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.

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

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020: 8-9:30 a.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:

UPDATE:  The program application process for spring 2020 is now closed.  As of 1 p.m. on February 11, 2020, all acceptance letters have been sent out to prospective students. Please continue to monitor the Surgical Technologist web page for updates as to when we will be accepting applications for fall 2020.

  1. Apply here CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE (This will not be active until 8 a.m., January 27, 2020 and will close 5 p.m. February 10, 2020). 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 (must be completed in order to apply to the program).

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

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

This program has been revised effective Spring 2020. In order to accommodate students in the process of completing their prerequisites, the following prerequisite courses have been established for each enrollment point. 

Prerequisite Courses  
Spring 2020 Entry Fall 2020 Entry
BIOL 105 Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology or equivalent (ex. BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242) AMATH 190 Financial Algebra
Eligibility for ENGL& 101 English Composition 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 103 Operating Room Environment 3
  Approved Transfer Math option* 5
  Quarter 1 Total 12
Quarter 2    
SURG 130 Medical Terminology 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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