Surgical Technology Program

This certificate prepares you to become a Surgical Technican.

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  • Program Fees and Financial Aid
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  • Why Should You Go into Surgical Technology?

    Surgical Technologist is a full-time, 3-term, online hybrid certificate program designed for students looking to gain Oregon licensure to work as surgical technicians/technologists throughout the state. This is an ideal program for students looking for a stable career in medicine, or a gateway into a medical career, as well as gain required certification in surgical technology.

    The Mission of the LBCC program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technicians/technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    Surgical technicians/technologists are in high demand in the Oregon community now, and many hospitals and surgical centers need trained workers to staff their operating rooms. In partnership with Oregon clinics, LBCC works to train students for this specialized job upon graduation, and gives them the tools they need for success.

    Join our faculty made up of real, working medical professionals for this training and gain a certificate for use in surgical centers throughout the state of Oregon.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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  • Program Information

    Due to the cancellation of the Spring term cohort, this cohort has been moved to Fall 2020; thus, we will not be accepting any new Fall applications for this program. The next application is projected to open in January 2021 for a new Spring 2021 cohort. The Spring 2021 Surgical Technology application bulletin is expected to be posted to in the coming weeks.


    We are excited to announce a new Surgical Technologist program cohort beginning Winter term at LBCC! This program will begin March 30, 2020, and is set to conclude December 11, 2020.

    The Surgical Technologist program is CAAHEP accredited and is eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

    LBCC's Surgical Technologist Program is comprised of three different elements: online coursework, in-person labs, and a 360-hour total clinical practicum experience.

    There are a total of 18 spots available in this program per term.


    As a part of this program, students will complete a 360-hour and 120-case total clinical practicum in a surgery center located in Oregon. LBCC partners with clinical sites throughout Oregon in order to give students the best experience possible. This work experience is essentially an extended job interview: students are expected to behave professionally and responsibly in the clinical setting. In addition, this experience is an excellent way for students to begin networking in the medical community.

    The clinical portion of this program takes place during the final term. Students must complete at least 360 hours of clinical work in order to graduate. In addition, students must maintain a C average or better in all of their classes in order to remain eligible for their clinical practicum.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate competence in the technological aspects of the surgical technician/technologist profession.
    • Provide surgical patient care and comfort with empathy and cultural competence.
    • Demonstrate competence in surgical technologist duties, procedures and cases.
  • Program Fees and Financial Aid

    The program fee for the Surgical Technologist program is $9,750

    The program fee is the total cost of the program, and includes the cost of books and supplies!

    Once you are accepted into the program, there are three options for how to pay for this program cost:

    • Pay in full
    • Deferred Note Contract (Payment Plan)
    • Federal Financial Aid

    The Surgical Technologist program is CAAHEP accredited and is eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

    Option 1: Pay the full cost up front.

    You may choose to pay for the full cost of the program up front. Payment is due by the date of program orientation.

    Option 2: Complete a payment plan.

    You may also choose to file a payment plan with the Surgical Technologist Department!

    If you file a deferred note contract with the Surgical Technologist Department, payment is broken down in the following way:

    • $415 deposit paid by Program Orientation
    • 8 monthly payments of $1,168.75 each

    The Surgical Technologist Department offers the payment plan to all admitted students if they choose to participate.

    Option 3: Federal Financial Aid

    The Surgical Technologist program is CAAHEP accredited and is eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

    In order to qualify, students must meet regular financial aid criteria. This means that they must:

    • File for FAFSA for the applicable school year
    • Have a high school diploma or GED
    • Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    • Be admitted to LBCC
    • NOT be in default or owe repayment of any grant

    In addition, students who wish to pay for the program using financial aid must pay a non-refundable $415 deposit before the program starts. Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay for this deposit, BUT this money will eventually come back to students as financial aid distributes.

    Financial aid pays in ONE INSTALLMENT per term:

    • Each payment is distributed during the second week of term.
    • Continued support from financial aid depends upon passing grades in all classes (C average or better).

    Dropouts and Withdrawals:

    If a student chooses to withdraw from the program after its start date, or if the student fails from the program, the student is still responsible for the entire cost of the program.

    If students receive money from Financial Aid and THEN decide to drop out of the program, they may be subject to Title IV return calculation and may need to repay aid.

    All financial aid for short term training is based on passing grades - that is, C averages or better. If a student does not receive passing grades in their classes, then they may lose access to financial aid.

    Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay the $415 program deposit.

    The Surgical Technologist Program is a Terminal Program

    If students receive money from Financial Aid to pay for this program, Financial Aid's expectation is that the student will enter the workforce in a relevant field for 2-3 years BEFORE they apply for additional aid.

    Example: a student who takes the Surgical Technologist program must work as a surgical technologist for 2-3 years after graduation BEFORE applying for financial aid for the training they plan to take in Medical Assisting. Financial Aid may not award them grants or loans if they apply for the Medical Assisting training before they complete 2 years working as a surgical technologist.

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there are several additional costs that students must be aware of prior to program application. In addition to the $9,750 program fee, students are also expected to pay:

    • $60 background check
    • $45 drug test
    • $75 CPR certification
    • Variable amounts - immunizations
    • $15 processing fee

    These costs are for admitted students ONLY. These costs are not accounted for in the program fees estimate and they cannot be covered by Financial Aid. In addition, these costs are estimates only, and may be subject to change year to year.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    There are a number of scholarship opportunities available for students at LBCC looking to go into a healthcare field. Browse through the following databases to find the right options for you:

    Questions? Concerns? Here's who to contact:

    • LBCC Financial Aid
    • LBCC's Financial Aid Director: Elaine Robinson (541) 917-4854

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    Due to the cancellation of the Spring term cohort, this cohort has been moved to Fall 2020; thus, we will not be accepting any new Fall applications for this program. The next application is projected to open in January 2021 for a new Spring 2021 cohort. The Spring 2021 Surgical Technology application bulletin is expected to be posted to in the coming weeks.


    The Surgical Technologist program is a cohort program that begins in either Fall or Spring term. Once admitted, the program will take three terms to complete. In order to apply, applicants must submit all noted documentation in the Program Bulletin. All qualified candidates will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to residents of Oregon for the first week that applications are open.

    Application to this program is an online, two-step process. The first application step you complete reserves your spot in line for the program, while the second step (submission of supplemental materials) completes your application. Visit our Program Bulletin for a complete description of application materials and processes. For a complete walk-through of how to apply for the program and program details, visit our online Information Session.

    Application materials and supplemental documentation are housed in the Program Bulletin.

    Getting Started

    If you're looking at this program before the application opens up, there is still a lot you can do to get prepared!

    • Consider scheduling an appointment with our Academic Planning Assistant, Lorraine Lara ((541) 917-4923)
    • Plan ahead and sign up for the required prerequisites:
    • WR 95 - College Writing Fundamentals
    • MTH 98 - Foundations of Contemporary Math
    • Proof of at least one (1) year of work experience from within the last five (5) years as a Sterile Processor or Operating Room Experience (example: an OR Aide) in either an ambulatory surgery center or hospital setting may be used to meet the Math minimum application requirement. See page 3 of the program bulletin.
    • If you have taken the prerequisites before, have your official transcripts sent to Linn-Benton Community College's Admissions Office for consideration.
    • If you think you are eligible for a Financial Aid award, file for FAFSA for the applicable year.
    • Just want to ask some questions? Call our Program Assistant at (541) 918-8907!

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    Spring Term Application:

    The application period for Spring term has closed. Watch for updated information for the Fall 2020 application.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    After you have received a letter of admission from the program, you will be required to complete a list of post-admission requirements due by the time of Program Orientation:

    • Criminal background check
    • Record release form
    • Program deposit
    • Required immunizations
    • CPR certification
    • Drug test

    These specific requirements are listed on page 8 of the Program Bulletin.


    Contact our Program Assistant: (541) 918-8907