May 23, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Surgical Technology, AAS

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The curriculum prepares students to function in the operating room by combining classroom instruction and campus laboratory instruction with actual surgical suite experience. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified surgical technologist (CST).

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete UAFS admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended.
  2. Have a minimum 2.00 GPA for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course prior to fall entry; prerequisite courses are the first two semesters as listed on the degree plan for a total of 28 hours
  4. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. See the UAFS Testing Center TEAS webpage for information on the TEAS exam.


Students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for admission. Applications can be found online and must be submitted by the date as determined by the program.


Selection is based on the following weighted system:

Phase One

  • Quality points earned for courses on surgical technology degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes.) - 40%.
  • Score earned on the TEAS - 30%. 
  • Cumulative GPA - 30%.

Note: In the event that applicants have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative GPA. The top 25 applicants after Phase One of the selection process will proceed to Phase Two.

Phase Two

  • Interview.
    Students admitted into the Surgical Technology Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall entry:
  1. Health Care Provider Statement/Medical Release form.
  2. Proof of immunizations.
  3. CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers.
  4. Criminal background check.
  5. Drug screen.

Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of the outcome of either screening will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study.

First Semester - 14 Hours

Second Semester - 14 Hours

Third Semester - 16 Hours

Fourth Semester - 16 Hours

60 Total Hours


  1. General Education Core requirements, see General Education Core requirements  section of this catalog.
  2. These courses are used to determine major courses in residency, see Graduation Requirements section of catalog.
  3. Course must be successfully completed before admission to the surgical technology program and enrollment in SUR courses.
  4. Science courses taken more than five years prior to program application may not be eligible. See advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.

A grade of C or above is required for ALL courses applicable to the surgical technology program.

Prior to graduation students must demonstrate competency in financial literacy by satisfactory completion of FIN 1521 - Personal Finance Applications  (or an approved substitution) with a grade of C or better, or by a score of 70% or more on a challenge exam for FIN 1521 .

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