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Surgical Technology - Program Details

This program mixes classes in surgical technology with anatomy and physiology to prepare you to work in surgical settings. Those interested in this career must be detail-oriented because mistakes could be life-threatening. You must work well under pressure and have great communication skills.


The surgical technology program at Mt. Hood Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Program Outcomes

After completing this program you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate acceptable knowledge-based competencies following national standards for surgical technology.
  • Demonstrate technical (psychomotor) competency in the scrub role per national standards for surgical technology.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with national standards and employer expectations.
  • Demonstrate compassion for the patient and maintain their 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.

Courses and Curriculum

Through this program you’ll be immersed in courses about surgical technology. Before you graduate, you will take the national certification exam provided by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

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Your Future in the Operating Room

Your degree will prepare you for an entry-level position as a surgical technologist. You can find employment in various settings, including hospital operating rooms, surgical clinics, out-patient/ambulatory surgery units, and obstetrical delivery rooms.

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