Information on Background Checks

Great Falls College Montana State University does not require background checks. However, to promote patient safety and decrease institutional liability, most clinical agencies require students to have cleared a background check and/or drug screening before they will permit the students in the clinical setting. To meet these requirements, the College provides this service and requires that the check/screening be done prior to placement in any clinical agency. Background checks/drug screenings are done at the student’s expense. Students with background checks/drug screenings that reveal a finding will be evaluated individually to determine whether they will be eligible for clinical placement for the respective degree program.

Student Health Insurance

All GFC MSU students enrolled for 6 or more credits and/or program students entering the Surgical Technology program are required to have health insurance. For students without coverage, GFC MSU offers a program developed especially for students by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana. This plan provides coverage for injuries and illnesses, on or off campus.  Coverage includes hospitalization, maternity, prescription drugs, surgical services, emergency room charges, and immunizations among others. Please contact Student Central for more information.

Student Central - Great Falls College MSU
Phone: 406.771.4300

Surgical Technology Program Grading

ALL prerequisite courses require a grade of “C-” or higher. Once in the Surgical Technology Program, if a student obtains less than a grade of “Satisfactory” (80%) in any portion, the entire Surgical Technology Program will have to be repeated. This is a very intense program. 

Surgical Technology Program Commitment & Schedule

The commitment to this program is made not only by you, but by your family and loved ones.  You will be investing as much as 12 to 15 hours a day during clinical rotations within the confines of Monday through Friday, 5:30am to 7pm. You will be required to take one weekend of call which means you will be available to work in the operating room within 20 minutes of a phone call from Saturday at 7am until the following Monday at 7am.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Great Falls College Montana State University is committed to the provision of equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in all college programs and activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political ideas, marital or family status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  The College’s Equal Opportunity Officers are the Executive Director of Human Resources and the Associate Dean of Student Services, 2100 16th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405. Telephone: 406-771-4300.

Surgical Technology Program Expense

Students should begin planning early for financial aid to meet their educational goals. See the campus catalog for program tuition. In addition to regular college tuition and fees, students will be required to fund/purchase the following during the program:

  • Textbooks/Workbooks
  • Lab Fees
  • Immunizations
  • Surgical scrubs; 2 pair
  • Comfortable professional shoes
  • Transportation costs
  • Relocation costs, including room and board at distant clinical sites (all considerations will be reviewed before decisions are made for relocating)
  • Health insurance
  • Background check -  $91.30
  • Drug test.
  • Current CPR (Health Care Provider)