Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to function in cooperation with the surgeon and nurses in the operating room performing duties that are vital for the safety and care of surgical patients. Students must have knowledge and skills in surgical aseptic techniques for preparation and use of materials during a surgical procedure. Students also must be able to relate to patients and other people in the field. Using reasonable judgment when working in emergency surgical situations is required.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to accept responsibility expected of the surgical technologist as a beginning staff employee in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to write the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists for qualification as a certified surgical technologist (CST).

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If you have more specific questions regarding this program, please contact:

For more information... For more information:
Program Instructor: Tina Jones, CST/RST, BA
Email: Tina.Jones@scc.spokane.edu
Phone: (509) 533-7303 or (800) 248-5644 ext. 7303
Program Director: Becky Scheid, CST/RST, BA, M.Ed.
Email: Becky.Scheid@scc.spokane.edu
Phone: (509) 533-8126 or (800) 248-5644 ext. 8126
All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits
SURG 100Introduction to Surgical Technology 2.0
SURG 101Surgical Procedures 5.0
SURG 104Central Service Clinical 1.0
SURG 105Blood-borne Pathogens and HIV/AIDS 1.0
SURG 107Surgical Environment 3.0
SURG 111Technical Skills I 4.0
SURG 120Disease Transmission and Control 3.0
SURG 202Surgical Procedures 6.0
SURG 203Surgical Procedures 4.0
SURG 206Perioperative Care of the Patient 4.0
SURG 212Technical Skills II 4.0
SURG 250Surgical Seminar 3.0
SURG 254Operating Room Practicum 2.0
SURG 255Operating Room Practicum 5.0
SURG 256Operating Room Practicum 10.0

The Surgical Technology program at Spokane Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs* upon the recommendation of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.*

* The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 100
Littleton, CO 80120
Toll Free: 1-800-707-0057
FAX: 303-325-2536

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
(707) 210-2354

Below is the "Report Card" for the last several years

Our attrition looks high...this number reflects students who were accepted into the program and chose not to go on due to family issues, monetary issues, moving, etc., as well as those who did not pass a course within the program.*

You can see that if the student can make it through all of the courses, the performance on the National exam is very good. (Higher pass rates than the National average of 70%)

Grad Year Students Initially Enrolled Students Graduated Grad Rate   # of Students Attempting the National Exam # of Students Passing the National Exam Pass Percentage
2017 18 14 78%   14 14 100%
2016 18 12 67%   12 12 100%
2015 18 9 50%   9 8 89%
2014 18 11 61%   11 9 82%
2013 18 11 61%   11 11 100%
2012 18 10 56%   10 9 90%
2011 18 12 67%   12 10 83%
2010 18 13 72%   13 12 92%

* Failing a course while within the program removes you from the program at that point. Options for getting back on the wait list and into the program do exist and will be discussed as necessary.

Students who graduate the accredited SCC Surgical Technology program are highly sought after and able to re-locate and work anywhere in the U.S. The placement rate for graduates for the past years are as follows:

2017 (within days of after graduation) 100% employment
2016 (within 6 months after graduation) 92% employment
(11 of 12 employed in Surgical Technology, one still undecided)
2015 (within 4 weeks of graduation) 100% employment
2014 (within 9 months of graduation) 100% employment
2013 (within 6 weeks of graduation) 100% employment
2012 (within 1 year of graduation) 90% employment
(1 grad chose not to pursue employment as a Surgical Technologist or employment in a related field)
2011 (within 1 year of graduation) 100% employment
(2 chose related career fields in Central Services)
2010 (within 1 year of graduation) 92% employment
(1 grad chose to not pursue employment as a Surgical Technologist or employment in a related field)