Surgical Technology Program

Surgical Technology Program at Seattle Central College

Program update: The Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has awarded continuing accreditation to the Surgical Technology Program at Seattle Central College on May 16, 2014.

The Seattle Central Surgical Technology Program is a three–quarter, full–time course of study. A maximum enrollment of 24 students are selected once a year through an interview/selection process. The program starts in the fall and progresses over three continuous quarters sequentially.

The Surgical Technology curriculum emphasizes quality clinical practice and academic excellence. After successful completion of advanced clinical techniques, students completing the program are required to take the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technology and apply for state registration. Surgical Technologists are in significant demand in Washington, with many varied practice opportunities throughout the State.

Excellent placement opportunities exist for program graduates. Seattle Central has the highest rank of the surgical tech schools in Washington State.


Certificate 83.5–85.5 Credits (Optional A.A.S Degree) 24.5–26.5 in Related Instruction, 59 in Major

  • Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam.
  • Students can begin the Surgical Technology program in fall quarter only.
  • Surgical Technology might be a good fit for you if you enjoy science and want to work in a hospital operating room. Surgical Technologists work under the direct supervision of a physician or registered nurse as part of a healthcare team.
  • Areas of study include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology and surgical technology courses.
  • Graduates work as surgical technologists in a multitude of healthcare settings such as hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgical centers, private surgery clinics, tissue procurement, central supply processing, medical equipment sales, and veterinary medicine.
  • All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing their clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving any monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will they be substituted for hired staff personnel with the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.
  • The student must meet the criteria for each classification of surgical cases mandated by the accrediting body of Seattle Central's Surgical Technology Program. Students enrolled in SURG 125 and SURG 135, Clinical Practice I and II will be required to have obtained a total of 120 surgical cases. Of the minimum 120 surgical case requirement, a minimum of 30 surgical cases must be in General Surgery. 20 of these cases must be in the First Scrub Role. Students are required to complete ninety (90) cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty 60 of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of five surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty. This is the clinical case requirement for program completion and graduation.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.210.2350
Fax: 727.210.2354
Web: caahep.org

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303.694.9262
Web: arcstsa.org


Career Opportunities

A student completing this program will have the skills needed to work as a surgical technologist in a healthcare setting and will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam.


For more information:

Surgical Technology Program
Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3210
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.4347 206.934.4347

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