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Surgical Technologists are important members of the operating room team who work closely with surgeons, surgical nurses, and anesthesia to ensure high-quality surgical patient care. Prior to the procedure, surgical technologists ensure proper instrument sterilization, prepare the operating room for surgery, gather all necessary supplies and equipment, and establish the sterile field. During the procedure, surgical technologists facilitate surgery by handling and passing instruments and supplies to the surgeon, aiding in retraction and visualization of operative anatomy, handling specimens, performing intraoperative and closing counts, and applying wound dressings.

The University of Providence has developed the Surgical Technology program in partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). This program will be offered in Washington State.

Program Format

  • 8 week hybrid courses (a blend of online courses, in-person learning lab and completion of clinical hours)
  • Full time program 3 semesters for a total of 12 months. Weekly in person labs are required, hours each week vary throughout first two semesters. Clinical in last semester is 32 hours a week Monday through Thursday.
  • Each student must complete a total of 120 operating room cases (512 clinical hours) in a PSJH operating room (in a hospital or ambulatory center)
  • Last term of courses prepares students to take their board certification examination.
  • Sequential, cohort model provides students with a sense of community as they progress through the program with the same group of students
  • Face-to-face program immersion prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in January each year
  • Starting January 2020, lab sites only available in Everett, Olympia, and Spokane, Washington. Expanding to other states in the future.  

Requirements for application:

Applicants must complete all required Prerequisite courses prior to taking Surgical Technology Courses

ENG 117 Writing Essays 3
MTH 108 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 110 The Living Environment* (prerequisite for BIO 251) 4
BIO 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 208 Microbiology 4
BIO 107 Medical Terminology 2
SHP 105 Professional Healthcare Ethics 2
Total 26
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  • Program Application: Available October 1st
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts showing completion of a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also submit official college transcripts from each institution they have attended if transfer credits are to be applied. Students who have taken core classes at the University of Providence do not need to include UP transcripts.
  • Personal Essay: Applicants are required to complete a one-page essay.
  • Interview:  Final applicants for the program will receive a telephone interview by the program coordinator and/or program director before students are accepted into the program.


Phone: 406-791-5258