Surgical Technologist

Distance Education program in partnership with Linn-Benton Community College

Surgical Technician Distance Education program in partnership with LBCCCentral Oregon Community College (COCC) has partnered with Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) to bring the Surgical Technologist certificate program to our region via distance education. Students wishing to study this occupation may take prerequisite courses at COCC and apply for the Linn Benton distance program. This program builds the skills necessary to work as a Surgical Technologist, and prepares students to sit for the national certification through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

PROGRAM FORMAT: A group of up to 18 students will move through this three-term program as a cohort.  The coursework will be offered online for the first two terms with a practicum component during the final term at a healthcare facility in Oregon.  Students are required to travel to the Linn Benton campus for in-person scheduled labs one day per week (days TBD) throughout the first two terms of the program.  Students should allow approximately 40 hours a week for coursework.  Classes are taught using the online learning management system, Moodle.  During the final term of the program, students will complete a minimum of 360 hours of practicum work and a minimum of 120 cases at a clinical practicum site.  This work is required for students looking to become certified Surgical Technologists. 

What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Surgical Technology is an allied healthcare occupation. Surgical Technologists work in hospitals and assist surgeons during surgery by passing them sterile supplies and instruments. They prepare operating rooms for surgery, including making sure supplies are sterile and ready for use, and maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room.