Associate in Applied Science - Surgical Technology
Program LengthPrerequisite Length
6 quarters 1 quarters
Spokane Community College
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If you want to help doctors and nurses save lives in the operating room, a career as a surgical technologist could be a great fit for you.
In this accredited program, you’ll learn to prepare operating equipment with the latest aseptic techniques, assist during surgeries, and safely care for surgical patients alongside surgeons and nurses. Practicing your skills in real operating rooms, you’ll learn firsthand how to relate to patients and work with other medical professionals in fast-paced, surgical situations. When you complete the program, you will qualify to take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists to become a certified surgical technologist (CST).
Whether you want to work in the medical field, or you simply enjoy helping people, a degree in surgical technology can help you achieve your goals with a rewarding future in the operating room.
Our career guide, Course map, with basic information and pre-requisites, can be found under the Program Maps tab on this web site.
First steps are to apply to the college and get a student ID number. Then, after the pre-requisites have been completed, (as listed in the Program Maps tab) a Student Information Update form is filled out and turned into the registrar as your “program application.”
We do not have an application deadline. The registrar accepts application for the Surg Tech program throughout the year, typically as students finish their pre-reqs they apply. Once the pre-reqs are completed and you have submitted a Student Information Update form (this is the application to our wait list and can be found at the link above), you are placed on our waiting list. You are then expected to complete a self-pay background check through True-Hire.com/SCCPreSurgicalTechnology. Cleared background checks allow you to remain on the list until your name is pulled.
We take 14-18 students from the list each year in the Fall (dependent on the number of clinical sites available in the city). Students tell me that they are waiting around a year to get pulled from the list. While waiting on the list I do suggest that you take as many of the Liberal arts classes and non SURG classes (like the A&P courses) as you can to help shorten your quarter workload in the program.
As far as class schedules during the program, we run September through June, with the summer between the two years off, and our classes are offered during a hospital “day shift” or during the 6:45am to 3:30pm time frame. Each quarter has different and varying start and end times during our day shift. We are NOT an on-line program. Surgical Technology classes are all in person or in clinical and not offered on-line.
We do have a great program! You can find more information about the program and some of the more frequently asked questions in the: Frequently asked questions tab.
Tuition and fees are state mandated. You can check here (What to Expect to pay tab) to calculate the estimated cost of pre-reqs and the 6-quarter program.
If you have any program related questions please contact us again…..if you have transfer or transcript questions, please contact one of our great counselors.
We look forward to seeing you soon!!
After your application has been submitted, you must complete a background check through this site: True-Hire.com/SCCPreSurgicalTechnology. Completion of this secures your position as a prepared student on the wait list.
Program start: Fall (interest list/wait list)
Program length: 6 quarters
Number of students each start: 18
Contact: Becky Scheid 509-533-8126
Applications deadline: N/A
Please note: Student must complete a background check among other pre-requisites. Visit True-Hire.com/SCCPreSurgicalTechnology to complete the background check.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH 87, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101
Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also check the annual schedule or search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.
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Associate in Applied Science - Surgical Technology
Total Prerequisite Credits: 15
Total Program Credits: 92
NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses
Becky Scheid is a certified surgical technologist (CST/RST) with a master’s degree in education. In addition to her role as program director, she teaches surgical technology and general health education classes.
Since Becky's graduation from SCC's surgical technology program in 1987, she been employed at Sacred Heart Medical Center in the main OR. Becky is considered a generalist in the OR and continues to practice her skills and stay updated in the field and new technologies.
Becky began working as an instructor at SCC in the fall of 1990. Her interest in teaching began as a preceptor (clinical instructor) shortly after graduation. Since she began her teaching career, she has also continued her education. She completed her AA at Spokane Community College in 1997 and went on to complete her BA at Eastern Washington University in June of 2005. Becky completed the requirements for the Master of Education degree at EWU and graduated with three other Allied Health faculty members in June of 2010.
Becky has been involved with the Association of Surgical Technologists at both local and national levels as a resource person and committee member (LCC-ERC). She has maintained her national certification since she acquired it in October of 1987.
This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). We are also aligned with the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).
Accreditation is mandatory for all reputable colleges, however, specialty accreditation for programs is a voluntary process that aligns a program with higher professional entities for guidance and support. It also holds us to higher educational standards (nationally accepted education), which allows graduates to sit for National Exams and become nationally certified as a certified surgical technologist (CST).
Students who make it through all of the courses perform very well on the national exam. Our pass rates are higher than the national average of 70%. 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%).
Students who graduate for 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:
Clinical experiences begin in the third quarter and continue through the sixth quarter. Clinicals are a chance to practice you learning in the real world. You are placed with a preceptor at a clinical site who will help and guide you in your practice. Starting fourth quarter, if you pass all required tests and clinical clearances, you will be in an operating room during surgeries, acting as the surgical technologist.
There are also at least two state seminars that you could attend, which would require travel to another city in Washington state. You will also be encouraged to take part in the SCC- CPR club and to become basic life support (BLS) instructors.
There is a high demand for this program. Each fall quarter, we accept 18 students into the program from a wait list. Depending on student pre-req completion, wait list application numbers and completion of student background checks in a timely manner, the wait could be between a few months and a year (or two). We only accept enough students to fill the promised clinical sites. Everyone who enters the program is guaranteed a clinical site for the entire length of the program when they enter the program.
We have four prerequisites that MUST be completed prior to application to the program: General Biology (BIOL 160), Computer Fundamentals (CIS 110) and Math 92 and a background check. This must be submitted, and paid for by the student, prior to application acceptance.
Lab fees in the surgical technology program are higher than other programs. Our real-world teaching approach requires that we purchase lab items from the same suppliers that hospitals use. The lab fees help pay for disposable surgical practice items, surgical scrubs/program uniform, pays for the student Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) memberships for National exam testing and the national exam test fee.
For additional information regarding the surgical technology program, contact Becky Scheid at Becky.Scheid@scc.spokane.edu.
Accreditation is mandatory for all reputable colleges, however, specialty accreditation for programs is a voluntary process that aligns a program with higher professional entities for guidance and support. It also holds us to a higher educational standards (nationally accepted education) which then allows grads to sit for National Exams and become Nationally Certified as a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist). The SCC program is accredited through CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, www.caahep.com), upon the recommendation of the NBSTSA (National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting). We are also aligned with the AST (Association of Surgical Technologists). Both instructors graduated from this accredited program and have held their national certifications since their graduation from the program.
Yes, there is a wait list. We accept 18 students into the program, from the list, each fall quarter. The list (the wait) is typically about two years in length. The reason our list is so long is that we only accept enough students to fill the promised clinical sites. This way, everyone who enters the program is guaranteed a clinical site, for the entire length of the program, when they enter the program.
Yes. We have four prerequisites that MUST be completed prior to application to the list. The classes are: Biology 160, CIS 110 and Math 92. The fourth prerequisite is a background check. This must be submitted and paid for by the student prior to application acceptance.
Our patients are our customers. We deal with them when they are at their most vulnerable, so the facilities have a strict policy of security, beginning with no blemishes on your background check. If a blemish appears on your background check, the clinical sites must be contacted to get clearance. If the clinical facilities we use refuses allow a clinical spot, then you cannot enter the program. Background checks are also done annually once in the program. So, stay out of trouble and keep your records clean.
Clinicals begin in the third quarter and continue through the sixth quarter. Clinicals are a chance for you to practice what you have learned in the lecture and lab components in the real world. You are placed with a Preceptor who will help and guide you in your practice. Starting fourth quarter, if you pass all of the required tests and clinical clearances, you will be in an operating room during surgeries, acting as the Surgical Technologist.
No, sorry. We have an open-door policy, meaning that anyone who wants into the program has to follow the same guidelines as everyone else (have the prereqs completed, apply to the list, and wait for a bit). Also, programs from different schools are sometimes very different. In order to allow you to go on with SCC's seal of approval, you need to take all of our classes.
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