Washington Schools with Surgical Technology Programs
Although there are currently no accredited diploma programs for surgical technology in Washington, there are several schools offering certificate and associate's degree programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). These programs are offered by Washington community and technical colleges and provide hands-on training opportunities. Surgical technology certificate programs may take less than a year to complete, and graduates can sit for a national certification exam after completing their programs.
Below, two of the schools that offer these programs are described in greater detail. Find more information about course topics and professional certification or further education options. Learn more about each school in the table appearing at the end of this article.
- Seattle Central College, located within the downtown Seattle area, offers a 3-quarter surgical technology certificate program open for enrollment each fall.
- Renton Technical College's training program department provides certificate-level studies for aspiring surgical technologists. The school is based just 10 miles south of downtown Seattle.
Comparison of Schools
When making a decision about surgical technology programs, it is often best to consider all factors about schools offering these programs. Below are helpful facts about each of the schools discussed here; these facts reflect student population, tuition, graduation rates, campus setting and more.
|Seattle Central College||Renton Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||6,773*||3,359*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)||$3,891 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||80%*||69%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||100% (open admissions policy)*||100% (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||N/A||67%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||25% (Students began in 2008)*||63% (Students began in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Seattle Central College
Located in the lively Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Seattle Central College provides academic and technical training to over 7,000 students a year. The school offers a certificate program in surgical technology as one of five programs in its Health and Human Services Division.
Surgical Technology Certificate
Students of this program learn duties applicable to operating rooms and doctor's offices, including safety and care of patients, aseptic techniques and emergency surgical techniques. The program also covers basic sciences, surgical equipment preparation and medical technology. Students also work in live surgical situations in preparation to share in the responsibility of the operating room team during surgery.
Upon completion of the curriculum, students can sit for the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists in order to become a certified surgical technologist (CST). Students passing the certification exam can seek employment in surgery centers and physician's offices, as well as explore careers as a vendor representative or instrument processor.
Renton Technical College
Renton Technical College (RTC) provides training across a wide range of programs for students seeking to improve job skills. Founded in 1942, the school enrolls more than 3,000 students each year.
Surgical Technologist Certificate
Renton Technical College's program focuses on training students as a scrub person and circulator in the operating room setting. On-site training for students takes place in area hospitals. Students learn techniques related birth and delivery, endoscopy and sterilization. Surgery-specific information such as drugs, implements and equipment are introduced in a hands-on environment. Career-related topics such as communication, legal and ethical issues are covered in the curriculum as well. Graduates of this certificate program may sit for the national examination to become a certified surgical technologist (CST). Students may also continue on to earn an associate's degree in this field by taking four additional general education classes.