Get Started in Surgical Technology

Whether you’re an interested student or a healthcare professional looking to take that next step, it’s never been easier to complete your career training in Surgical Technology. At Seattle Central, you have the option of earning either a certificate of completion or an AAS-T degree in Surgical Technology. Here’s how to get started:

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be able to get the required immunizations, TB test, and physical examination. 

Applicant’s criminal background check must not return any red flags or discrepancies. Click here for a list of disqualifying crimes.  

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

Complete the prerequisite requirements for the certificate in Surgical Technology by the end of winter quarter with at least a 2.0 GPA:

  • AHE 168 Medical Terminology (5 credits)* 
  • BIOL& 128 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (5 credits)*
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition (5 credits)
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology OR PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (5 credits)

*AHE 168 and BIOL& 128 must have been completed within the past 5 years.

For the AAS-T in Surgical Technology, complete these two additional prerequisites with at least a 2.0:

  • HUM 105 Intercultural Communications (5 credits)
  • MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics OR MATH 136 Inferential Statistics (5 credits) **   

** MATH 136 as part of the statway pathway requires completion of MATH 092 with a grade of 2.5 or higher OR testing into a higher level math course.

Click here for more information about course planning.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend a Surgical Technology Information Session or contact the Healthcare & Human Services Division for more information.
  2. Confirm that you can perform essential functions (pdf) required for Surgical Technology students.
  3. Complete the 5-Step Enrollment Process for Seattle Central College, which includes placement testing for English and Math, and transcript evaluations to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  4. Complete the online Surgical Technology application (only available during application period).