Surgical Technology - Course Planning

The Surgical Technology program at Seattle Central College is a 4–quarter, full–time course of study, which begins in the Summer Quarter. Students who complete this program will gain the skills and experience needed to excel as a surgical technologist, and will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Surgical Technology and to apply for Washington state registration.

View or download the curriculum and course planning guides for the Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) (pdf) or Certificate (pdf) in Surgical Technology.

Program Prerequisites

AHE 168: Medical Terminology
5 credits (Must have been completed within the past 5 years)

BIOL 128: Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology
5 credits (Must have been completed within the past 5 years)

ENGL& 101: English Composition
5 credits

PSYC& 100 or PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology
5 credits

Complete MATH 098, MATH 088, or MATH 092 (Statway path) or a higher level math course; OR test into a higher level math course.

Please note that for the AAS-T you will need to complete either of the statistic courses—MATH&146 or MATH 136. MATH 136 as part of the Statway pathway requires completion of MATH 092 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. MATH&146 requires completion of MATH 098 or MATH 088 with a grade of 2.5 or higher OR testing into a higher level math course. You will also need to complete HUM 105 for the AAS-T.

First Quarter

AHE 140: Sterile Processing/Instrument Technician
10 credits

AHE 152: Essential Skills for the Healthcare Professional
1 credit

Second Quarter

SURG 111: Surgical Lab
6 credits

SURG 113: Surgical Theory I
10 credits

SURG 115: Clinical Observation
2 credits

Third Quarter

SURG 121: Surgical Specialty/Professional Prep
6 credits

SURG 123: Surgical Theory II
8 credits

SURG 125: Clinical Practice I
4 credits

Fourth Quarter

SURG 133: Surgical Theory II
8 credits

SURG 135: Clinical Practice II
10 credits

Total Credits for Certificate = 85

Total Credits for Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Degree = 95

Questions about course planning? Contact an Academic Advisor at In addition, you can contact the Allied Health staff and faculty for help.

Class Schedule