Surgical Technology Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is intended to help answer questions about Surgical Technology.


  • What are the duties of a surgical technologist?
  • Do I need any special skills to be a surgical technologist?
  • How long is the program?
  • Is the program full time course of study?
  • Are classes only available during the day?
  • How many students are accepted each year?
  • Must the courses in the program be followed in a particular sequence?
  • CPR AED for Healthcare Providers, First Aid, and HIV / AIDS–7 hours, I have completed these but not by credit classes. As a result, it will not show on my transcript will that be a problem?
  • I have taken BIO 241 and 242 and earned above a 2.0 grade for both. Do I still need to take BIOL 128 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology?
  • Can we pick the site for our clinical experience?
  • How are students selected? Exactly what is meant by competitive process?
  • When will I know if I have been selected into the program?
  • Can I apply to the surgical technology program even if I haven't completed all the requirements?
  • Can I submit my application after the April deadline?
  • Do I have to have a physical exam, immunizations, and certifications prior to applying?
  • How will I know if surgical technology is the right career choice?
  • What is the employment outlook?
  • Why do I need a background check?
  • To whom does the surgical tech report?
  • What are the most exciting aspects of the job?
  • How soon can one work as a traveling tech after graduation?
  • Do I need to complete a certain amount of surgical cases before I can work as a traveling tech?
  • What type of salary can I expect as a Surgical Technologist?
  • How does the Surgical Technologist advance to become a Surgical First Assistant?
  • What opportunities are there to further my career in Surgical Technology?
  • Where can I get more information?

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