GFC MSU Surgical Technology Program Mission, Philosophy & Outcomes

The Surgical Technology Program provided by Great Falls College Montana State University is a student-centered program responsive to the needs of the community, state and nation. The program strives to provide a quality education through lecture, laboratory and preceptor-model clinical experience to produce competent entry-level graduates that will be competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains who will perform their duties ethically and professionally within the guidelines of the profession.

The program is an outcomes based program intended to prepare the student to function in the field of the operating room and successfully complete the certification test resulting in a Certified Surgical Technologist, CST. The graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other health professionals in providing direct or indirect patient care while demonstrating positive work ethic, professionalism and appropriate interpersonal skills in the surgical setting.
  • Practice professional, value directed actions based on didactic and clinical knowledge, ethical principles and legal standards as member of the surgical team.
  • Organize surgical instrumentation, supplies and equipment in an efficient manner while utilizing principles of aseptic technique for physical preparation and maintenance of the surgical environment.
  • Promote lifelong learning fostering the development of professional and personal growth, critical thinking and leadership.
  • Demonstrate understanding of biomedical sciences and technology as it applies to the patient focused events that occur in the operating room.
  • Meet the Accreditation Review Council on Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCSTSA) benchmark pass rate for the national Certified Surgical Technologist exam


Daisy Gibson, CST
Surgical Technology Program Director
(406) 771-4355
Office R237