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Surgical Technology

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Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

*Information regarding the requirements for this
Limited Entry program is available by accessing
the Admission Requirements page.

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The Surgical Technology program at MHCC is six quarters in length leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. It is designed for selected men and women who wish to prepare for a paramedical career as members of a multi-disciplinary team caring for patients in the operating room and in the surgical practice setting. 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 American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) collaborate to develop standards of quality for surgical technology education programs. On the basis of compliance with the standards and recommendations of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST), accreditation is granted by CAAHEP. For more information, visit the ARC-ST website at

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.

Providing safe patient care is the primary focus of all the actions and responsibilities of the surgical technologist.

Follow this link to a video presentation featuring a graduate of the Mt. Hood Community College Surgical Technology Program.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate acceptable knowledge-based competencies in accord with national standards for surgical technology
  • Demonstrate technical (psychomotor) competency in the scrub role in accord with national standards for surgical technology
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with national standards and employer expectations
  • Demonstrate compassion for the patient and maintain his/her confidentiality
  • Demonstrate safe health care practices consistent with employer expectations
  • Exhibit a strong sense of ethical behavior and surgical conscience
  • Exhibit self-direction and responsibility for actions
  • Become employed in an entry-level Surgical Technology position.

Students will take the national certification exam for surgical technologists, provided by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), prior to graduation. Program graduates meet or exceed minimum surgical rotation case requirements determined by Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology. (6th Ed, published by the Association of Surgical Technologists)

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 Program information meetings are held regularly and are posted on our website at Once you have read the application materials and attended an information session, if you have questions about the admission process, you may call 503-491-7165 or refer to

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.

All students must meet health and safety requirements as listed in the program application, including a criminal background check and drug and alcohol testing, before entering the program. Applicants must provide documentation of all required immunizations and other health and safety requirements as listed in the program application.

The mathematics pre-program requirement, completion of MTH065, satisfies the mathematics requirement for the AAS. A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

Note: A grade of “C” or better is required for all Surgical Technology courses and for BI231, BI232, BI233, AH110, CIS120 and CIS120L.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
ST101 Surgical Technology Theory I 4
AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings 2
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I2 4
WR121 English Composition2 4
  Health and Physical Education Requirement‡ 3
Second Quarter (Winter)
ST102 Surgical Technology Theory II 4
ST103 Surgical Technology Theory III 4
ST111 Surgical Technology Lab 2
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking or
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Third Quarter (Spring)
ST104 Surgical Technology Theory IV 4
ST112 Surgical Technology Lab 2
BI233 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
CIS120 Computer Concepts I3 3
CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I3 1
  Human Relations requirement‡ 3
Fourth Quarter (Fall)

Surgical Technology – General and Pediatric Surgery


Surgical Technology – Obstetric, Gynecologic and Genitourinary Surgery

ST221 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum 6
Fifth Quarter (Winter)

Surgical Technology – Orthopedic Surgery


Surgical Technology – Otorhinolaryngologic, Oromaxillofacial, Plastic and Burn Surgery

ST222 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum 6
Sixth Quarter (Spring)

Surgical Technology – Ophthalmologic and Neurosurgery


Surgical Technology – Thoracic, Cardiovascular and Vascular Surgery

ST223 Surgical Technology Clinical Practicum 6
Total Credits 97-98

1 MO114 and MO115 may be substituted for AH110.
2 Prerequisite: See course description in back of the printed catalog.
3 BA131 may be substituted for CIS120 and CIS120L.

‡See Associate of Applied Science degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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