Surgical Technologist Apprenticeship FAQ

What is the Surgical Technologist Apprenticeship Program?

This seven-week, full-time paid training program prepares individuals who have little to no medical background to deliver safe, patient-centered care as a surgical technologist in the operating room. Training consists of classroom instruction, skills labs and clinical experiences with a preceptor (trainer) at one of our hospital facilities.

Where will the classes be held? What hours do I work during the program?

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week program with classes and skills labs held at our downtown campus. The hours will vary between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the seven-week program.

What happens after I complete the program?

When you successfully complete the program, you will remain employed with Norton Healthcare as a full-time surgical technologist apprentice. You will continue the on-the-job training portion of the course with a preceptor. When you have completed that training, you will transition to your role as a full-time surgical technologist at the facility into which you were initially hired.

What do I need to wear or purchase while in the program?

You must follow Norton Healthcare’s appearance and attire policy when in class, including universal masking requirements. If you have scrubs from a previous position, you may wear them to class. All learning materials will be provided and you will not need to purchase any other items for the program. In the operating room, you will be provided with surgical scrubs at your home facility.

Will I need to pass exams and skills checkoffs to complete the program? 

You must achieve an average of at least 80% on all knowledge assessments and exams. You must satisfactorily pass clinical skills competency checkoffs during the program.

Am I eligible for certification after successfully completing the program?

Surgical technologists are not required to be certified in Kentucky or at Norton Healthcare. This program is a paid training program and does not meet the criteria needed to obtain certification in surgical technology.

How do I apply?

To be considered for a surgical technologist apprentice role, you will need to apply to the job posting on A recruiter will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

Who do I contact for further information about the program?

You can email

Norton Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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