Surgical Technologist

Surgery is complex and delicate work, accomplished by a team of highly trained experts. Surgical Technologists are a key part of that team. RTC’s CAAHEP Accredited Surgical Technologist Program trains students in sharp safety, preparing the operating room, including maintaining the sterile field, accurate counts to prevent foreign retained objects, and setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. Additionally, the program trains the student to perform preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative roles, which include urinary catheterization, patient positioning, patient skin prep, sterile draping, passing surgical instruments, preparing/ passing medications, handling supplies, specimens, skin stapling and applying the surgical dressing and drain.

*Students must meet the background check and immunization 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.
*Students must complete a total of 120 surgical cases acting in various roles.
*Students will not receive monetary compensation during their clinical course experience.

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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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.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Megan Graham, Annejeannette Serba

Entry Requirements

The Surgical Technology Program will start accepting application packets starting on Feb. 1 – 28 2023, for the Spring (quarter) 2023 cohort beginning April 4, 2023.

Prospective students are required to submit all required documents in a sealed envelope to the Surgical Technology Program lockbox located on campus outside of classroom B-126 (this is located on the first floor in Building B). NOTE: To be considered ALL required documents must be submitted. The application packet (sealed envelope, please do not write name or any personal information on the front of the sealed envelope) must contain the following documents in sequential order (1,2,3,4,5) Please do not submit any other documents.

  1. Include the prospective student document
  2. Copy of high school diploma/transcript or equivalent such as GED.
  3. Unofficial transcript (only) showing completion of prerequisites with minimum GPA within the past five years.
  4. Attendance receipt from Program informational session
  5. Documentation showing current enrollment of BIOL& 242/Exception: may be in progress of BIOL& 242 at time of application packet (sealed envelope submission) acceptance to program contingent on 2.0 minimum GPA. 

If you have questions regarding transcripts or prerequisites, please contact Colleen Bassham at

This session will provide information specific to the application process for the Surgical Technology Program for Spring quarter 2023 entry.

*Informational Session Schedule and Links: NOTE, attending an information session is required prior to application.

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 the program

Prerequisite Courses

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 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. 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
  • 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 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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