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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. Students are highly discouraged to work during this program because the program is 40 hours/week, plus time spent in a learning lab
  • 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.
  • 3 semesters for a total of 12 months
  • 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 orientation prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in January and August each year

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Applicants must complete all required Core courses prior to applying for the Surgical Technology Program. Please review information for the Pre-Surgical Technology Program.

  • Program Application: Applicants must complete the online Undergraduate Application located at and select Surgical Technology as their major.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Full application instructions can be found in the Information Packet.


Phone: 406-791-5258