Admissions

Applications for admission to the Surgical Technology program are only accepted during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences Application Submission Dates for current submission dates.

The Surgical Technology program uses a merit-based, competitive admission process. We accept one cohort of 18 students every Fall semester.

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 7 days or have any questions about the admission process, please call the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

All communication will be through your Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

Apply for admission at SLCC (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare your major as Pre-Medical & Health Sciences. Meet early with an Academic Advisor to ensure that all prerequisites and submission requirements are completed before applying to the Surgical Technology program.

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisites must be completed before applying to the Surgical Technology program. You must earn a grade of C+ or higher in BIOL 2320/2325, and it may be taken only twice and must have been completed within five years of the start of the program. The other prerequisites must be completed with a C grade or better.

Course Number Course Description Credits
ENGL 1010* Intro to Writing 3
Math 0980 OR ACT/SAT scores & SLCC Placement Process into Math 1010 (valid for one year) Algebra for College Success 4
BIOL 2320/2325 Human Anatomy/Lab 4
PSY 1100 or PSY 1210 Lifespan or Personal Growth & Dev 3
COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Comm 3
MA 1100 Medical Terminology 3
Total Prerequisites Credits 20

*APA Referencing section highly recommended.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT TRANSFER CREDIT

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their transfer credit has been fully transferred to SLCC prior to the program's application deadlines.
  • If a student has courses they are transferring from another school, their transcripts must be evaluated by the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office and their grades must be posted to SLCC DegreeWorks (their MySLCC account), before the program’s application deadline (priority and final application deadlines apply). IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR TRANSCRIPTS TO BE EVALUATED.
  • Students should declare Health Sciences as their Area of Study and Surgical Technology as the Program of Study when applying to SLCC. If the program of study does not match the information submitted on the transfer evaluation request, courses applicable to the program may not be transferred to SLCC.

 

Apply to the Surgical Technology program through your MySLCC account:

  • MySLCC
  • Academics & Records
  • Program Admissions
  • Health Sciences Admissions
  • Surgical Technology

(Surgical Technology will only appear in menu during open application periods.)

 

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Surgical Technology program via your Bruinmail account. If you are accepted, you will receive further instructions regarding your student orientation as well as a random drug screening.

All communication will be through your Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Surgical Technology program via your Bruinmail account. 

Acceptances into the Surgical Technology program will be given on a "conditional" basis.  Students must complete the following within the allotted time in their conditional acceptance letter to receive a full acceptance:

  1. Order Complio compliance package.
  2. Order background check.
  3. Upload and enter documentation showing compliance for immunizations.
  4. Complete drug screening (directions will be provided in the conditional acceptance letter)
  5. Complete the American Heart Association BLS CPR certification.

Once all of the above items have been completed, the student will need to contact the Admissions Office for verification of compliance.  If compliant, a full acceptance letter will be sent with additional instructions for anything else that will need to be completed before beginning the program. 

Please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information. If additional seats become available, new candidates will be accepted based on their place in the applicant ranking system. 

Please do not initiate any of the compliance tasks unless you have received a conditional acceptance letter.

 

BACKGROUND CHECK AND COMPLIANCE PACKAGE

Students who do not receive favorable background checks, may not be able to sit for national certification exams or meet the requirements for clinical placement.  Students who do not receive favorable background checks should contact the program immediately.  An unfavorable background check may prevent acceptance into the program. The School of Health Sciences strongly recommends that prospective students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged if possible.  Information regarding how to expunge criminal records may be found here:  https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/expunge/

A full criminal background check is required for the Surgical Technology Program.  Please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Complio
  2. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
  3. Order the Criminal Background Check Package ($29.00) the Drug Screening Package ($35) and the Compliance Package ($15.00). The Compliance Package is a 12 month subscription that will need to be renewed every 12 months while you are in the program at a cost of $15.                                                                                                                

The Background Check, Compliance and Drug Screening must be completed before you begin your internship.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Proof of immunization is required by clinical affiliates and must be completed upon acceptance into the program. Clinical affiliates mandate all students comply with program immunization requirements, as failure to immunize is not only a risk to patients but also students. Failure to immunize may result in the inability to place students at clinical sites, which would also preclude students from completing required clinical coursework.  Students that cannot comply may forfeit their placement in the program. Students claiming a religious or personal exemption for an immunization should fill out this form (link) and provide to the Associate Dean of the specific program.  Students claiming an allergy to an immunization should complete this form (link) and provide to the Admissions Coordinator in the Dean’s Office.  The School of Health Sciences does not guarantee that clinical affiliates will accept exemption requests.

Prior to beginning your first semester, you must provide proof of the following immunizations:

  1. Annual Influenza Vaccination:
    Generally given September-February. Students must provide proof of the Influenza vaccination or a signed declination. (You may be required by a clinical site to have the influenza vaccination) This immunization will be completed after admission to the program.
  2. Tuberculosis Skin or Blood Test: Required Annually
    Proof of a negative 2- step PPD, QuantiFERON TB Gold test or T-SPOT.TB, if positive or you have had a past positive test, you must submit a negative chest x-ray. This requirement also includes international students who have had the BCG immunization. X-ray results are good for three years. The PPD or QuantiFERON test must be administered between January 1 – October 15th. If you choose to do a PPD please know that the PPD is a 2 step test, the 1st step must be done no sooner than January 1 and the 2nd step is required within 1 – 3 weeks after the 1st step is read. Results are good for 1 year. (Please note that a 2 step PPD test requires 4 office visits, 1. Test is administered 2. Test is read 3. 2nd test is administered 4. Test is read.) The annual TB test would be a 1-step PPD, QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Booster:
    Tdap booster is good for 10 years. TD will be given subsequent to Tdap. 
  4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
    Proof of two doses or a positive titer (blood draw) for all three (measles, mumps, and rubella).  Equivocal results are not acceptable; you must test in the positive range if you choose to do a titer.
    NOTE: If given to adult females, since this is a live virus, you cannot be pregnant at the time you receive the immunization and you must avoid pregnancy for 3 months after administration. 
  5. Varicella (Chicken Pox):
    Proof of two doses or a positive titer (blood draw). Stating you had the disease is not acceptable. Varicella immunizations are expensive, if you had the disease it is recommended to start with a less expensive titer first for proof of immunity before starting the immunizations. 
  6. Hepatitis B vaccination series:
    You must provide proof of a positive titer. If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and provide proof of that series and a repeat titer. The series of shots can take up to 6 months so please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your admissions and clinical placement. 
  7. Hepatitis A vaccination series: Highly recommended but not required
    Proof of a two dose series or a positive titer. If you start the series, you must complete it.

The SLCC Center for Health and Counseling offers immunizations at a discounted rate for students who are low income. For a discounted rate, take your previous income tax return or your last 30 days pay stubs.

Some clinical facilities may require additional immunizations.

Changes based on CDC recommendations, see below links:

All immunization information is subject to change. Please contact us at 801-957-6253 if you have questions.

 

CPR Certification

Only American Heart Association Two-Year BLS Providers will be accepted. Your CPR certification must be kept current throughout the program.