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Surgical Technology - FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

The program starts each fall with a cohort of 20-24 students.

The majority of the surgical technology courses are held during the day on Monday and Tuesday. You will observe at a clinical site beginning in the fall of your first year for the rest of the week. In the second year, the classes remain on Monday and Tuesday with clinical practicum on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for eight to 10 hour day shifts.

Students are not required to take a board exam to practice in Oregon, however students will have the opportunity to sit for the national certification exam before graduation from the program to practice in other states.

You are required to meet all health and safety requirements established by affiliate health care facilities and by the college. These requirements include annual training, immunizations, tuberculosis screening, drug and alcohol testing, and criminal background checks. You will be advised of the requirements and timeline for completion upon acceptance into the program. It is your responsibility to provide documentation and maintain currency. Students who are not in compliance will be unable to attend clinical practicum. Please note, this drug screening may also check for prescription drugs that contain amphetamines, barbiturates, opioids, benzodiazepines, and marijuana. If you are taking any prescribed medication that may contain these drugs you will need to meet with the program director before completing the drug screen. All immunizations are required by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for health care providers.

Orientation for accepted and alternate students – Two mandatory program orientations will be held for accepted students. One will be in late June and the other is generally the week before fall term starts each year. The specific dates will be provided to you if accepted to the program. Attendance is required, or a waitlisted applicant will be given your assigned place in the program.

The surgical technology program is a full-time program and requires a significant amount of study time. You should not work more than 16 hours a week. Students who are experiencing academic difficulty should not work at all. You are encouraged not to work at all during the second year due to the amount of study time required and clinical practicum hours.

Courses with the prefix ST are not offered online. Other courses included in the program curriculum, including core courses such as anatomy and physiology and computer classes may be offered online.

Most program graduates are employed in hospital operating rooms. Other settings include labor and delivery, day surgery centers and clinics. The average starting wage range is $22-31 per hour.

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