Surgical Technology - Missoua College

Surgical Technology

Missoula College, A.A.S.


Maryann Dunbar
(406) 243-7868


Surgical Technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses in delivering patient care preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively.

They function as a scrub technologist, the sterile member of the surgical team who passes instruments, sutures, and sponges during surgery. They follow strict adherence to aseptic techniques as well as the care, cleaning, and maintenance of surgical supplies. Their responsibilities include preparing the operating room, instruments, equipment, and supplies, as well as positioning and preparing a safe environment for the patient during surgery.

The Surgical Technology program includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to computer use
  • Ethics in health professions
  • Specific surgical technology courses related to functioning as a vital member of the surgical team

Surgical Technologists belong to a separate non-nursing profession of highly skilled, credentialed, allied health professionals who possess specialized education and training specifically for working as a member of a surgery team. Surgical Technology students completing the program are encouraged to take a national certification exam toward becoming a certified professional.

The Missoula College of the University of Montana Technology Surgical Technology Program is a collaborative program between The Missoula College and Highlands College campuses. Students completing this program will graduate with an AAS degree in Surgical Technology from The Missoula College.

Students intending to become a surgical technologist apply to the program through a formal admissions process at The Missoula College campus. Admission to The University of Montana and to Highlands College does not guarantee acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program.

Students planning to study Surgical Technology need a strong educational health core.

The plan of study includes approximately 16 credits the first fall semester of attendance. Students admitted and attending Highlands College must also be admitted to Missoula College of the University of Montana and have identified their intended program as Surgical Technology. A current Highlands College student may use a photocopy of the Highlands College admission form.