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Surgical Technology - Admission Criteria

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the summer of each year. Applications must be completed and submitted and supporting documents must be received no later than May 1 of the same year. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by May 1 The applicant must: 
1. Complete an application (if not currently enrolled). Designate Surgical Technology (A45740) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program. 
2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students.   Students must be 18 years old to sit for certification.
3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses. 
5. Meet the Southwestern Community College placement requirements. This may be met by one of the following: 

a. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
b. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and MAT 110 or MAT 143 and their corresponding corequisites. This is a required corequisite for the program. 
c. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses. 
d. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses. 

6. Must take the TEAS-Allied Health Exam. The TEAS-Allied Health Exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year. Details for cost, testing dates and times can be secured from the Advisor. This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program.

Those individuals who are notified of acceptance status will be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. The deadline for submitting the completed forms to the program director is July 1. 

1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Registrar’s Office. 
2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year. 
3. Applicants may take non-surgical technology, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program. 
4. All students admitted into a health sciences program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
 5. All students completing a health sciences program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams. 

ACADEMIC STANDARDS The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance in accordance with program policies. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program. Upon completion of the program graduates will be eligible to take the national exams and may apply for a state license to practice. 

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