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 Surgical Technologist program is currently undergoing a variety of revisions. See entry requirements for info.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring

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.

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

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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.

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

The Surgical Technologist Program currently accepts students on a first-come, first-serve basis during open registration periods in May for fall quarter entry, and February for spring quarter entry. Please check the quarterly schedule for exact dates of open registration periods available on RTC's Class Schedule & Publications page. You are eligible to register for the program provided you have completed an introductory course in Anatomy/Physiology with a minimum 2.0 GPA, proof of high school diploma or GED, and confirmation of an account established with If you are interested in enrolling in the program, please contact Colleen Bassham, Academic/Career Counselor at

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety. All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written language.
  • Satisfactory completion of a 5-credit Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology course or its equivalent with a 2.0 GPA within five years prior to entry.
  • Students must register with Castle Branch and complete the following:
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Current (within one year) 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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