What does the program offer?
The Surgical Technology program at MHCC is six quarters in length leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. MHCC offers the only accredited* Associated of Applied Science Degree program in Surgical Technology in Oregon. The program is taught by qualified professional instructors with years of clinical experience. The program curriculum follows the Association of Surgical Technologists Core Curriculum.
The program combines academic study with clinical practice in area hospitals. Prior to graduation, the student will sit for the national certification exam. Successfully passing this exam is a requirement for employment in many hospitals.
The Surgical Technology program at MHCC has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 1978. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), which sponsor the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), is the accrediting agency that acts on the accreditation recommendations formulated by the ARC/STSA. The ARC/STSA address is 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, Colorado, 80120. The ARC/STSA phone number is 303-694-9262; their website is Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
The Surgical Technologist
Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Is this for me?
Applicants to the Surgical Technology program must be physically and mentally able to cope with the rigors of the curriculum and the demanding nature of the field of surgical technology. Established academic and clinical requirements essential to the program of instruction apply to all students and cannot be waived. Attempts will be made to accommodate and retain qualified applicants with disabilities unless results of evaluations indicate that given reasonable accommodation an individual will still not be able to perform the essential functions required by the program.
The ability to perform under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is an essential quality for a surgical technologist. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. A stable temperament, a strong sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for order are also required. Follow this link to a video presentation featuring a graduate of the Mt. Hood Community College Surgical Technology Program. A Day in the Life of A Surgical Technologist featuring MHCC Surgical Technology Program Graduate Alisiha Mobley
Prospective students must satisfactorily meet program admission criteria and the application deadline to be considered for program admission. Program information and applications are available on our website at MHCC Limited and Restricted Entry Program Admission
Surgical Technology Careers
MHCC's two-year associate degree program will prepare you for an entry-level position as a surgical technologist. Employment may be found in a variety of settings, including hospital operating rooms, surgical clinics, physicians’ offices, out-patient/ambulatory surgery units, obstetrical delivery rooms and tissue banks.
What does the future hold?
Employment opportunities for surgical technologists are expected to be excellent, especially for graduates of accredited Surgical Technology programs. Several factors will contribute to the growing need for surgical technologists in the years to come. These include technological advances that allow surgical intervention for more conditions than ever before, the national shortage of operating room nurses, and the projected increase in the number and age of the population.