Explore Surgical Technology at FVCC

Curious about what goes on beyond the “red line” in a hospital – the restricted area that leads to the operating rooms? Ever wonder if you have what it takes to work shoulder-to-shoulder with a surgeon? There’s an easy way to find out at Flathead Valley Community College!

Every fall, FVCC offers an exploratory course for people interested in learning more about the surg tech career field. Introduction to Surgical Technology (AHST 101) is a three-credit course open to anyone, regardless of their academic major. Taking the course is a great way to find out whether the field of surg tech is right for you.

Introduction to Surgical Technology is a pre-requisite for entry into FVCC’s Surgical Technology program, an intensive three-semester program that prepares graduates to take the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Since 2014, 100 percent of FVCC’s graduates have passed the exam.

Robyn Hoggatt is the director of FVCC’s Surg Tech program. Before coming to FVCC, Robyn worked as a CST at hospitals and surgery centers across Montana, where she gained valuable experience in pediatric, neurologic and orthopedic surgeries. While at Community Medical Center in Missoula, she had the opportunity to train students who were fulfilling their clinical requirements. Scrubbing in with the students was one of her favorite parts of the job. “I’ve always loved teaching,” Robyn said. “And I’m passionate about helping people see how interesting and exciting this career field is.”

Robyn grew up on a ranch outside of Shelby. She has a scientific mind and graduated from Montana Tech with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in biology. She later returned to school to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology. “Being part of a team where you’re helping someone is very satisfying,” Robyn said. “And the surgical procedures are so interesting.”

The demand for certified surgical technologists is steady. As America’s second largest generation , the Baby Boomers, advances in age, the need for elective and emergency surgical procedures continues to increase. “The job outlook for certified surg techs is very good. There is a need all over Montana and the U.S.,” Robyn said. Since 2013, nearly 100 percent of FVCC’s surg tech grads have obtained CST jobs after completing the program.

Interested in learning more about FVCC’s Surg Tech program or the other health care career programs available to you? Contact Robyn Hoggatt at rhoggatt@fvcc.edu or (406)756-4414 or visit fvcc.edu/health-care.

Want to register for Introduction to Surgical Technology this fall semester? Contact one of our helpful advisors to get started on the admissions process at info@fvcc.edu or (406)756-3847 or visit fvcc.edu/apply.