FAQs

Is there a waiting list?

We maintain a current applicant list of those who are interested in entering the Surgical Technology Program.  A new program begins each January (Spring Semester).

All students who have the pre-requisites completed are notified about beginning the program. Initial notification is done shortly after Spring Semester each year. 

Those who have already completed all of the pre-requisites, at this time, are given a seat based on the date SUT was declared as a major.  During the summer semester, the department then looks at other interested students who may qualify to begin the program after completing the rest of their pre-requisites during Fall Semester. 

The department continues to give seats, as available, to students who qualify until the beginning of Spring Semester.

Typically, there is not a ‘waiting list’ to begin the program.  However, this can depend on the number of applicants as there are limited clinical slots that must have available for each student entering the program.

What are the criteria to begin the limited enrollment courses?

Starting the program is based on three criteria. You must successfully complete the pre-requisites (Fall Semester 1), have at least a 2.5 GPA, and score at least ‘proficient’ on the TEAS Exam.

Those who are eligible to begin the limited enrollment courses (SUT courses) are then determined by the date SUT was declared as a major.  Starting date of the program can depend on the number of applicants as there are limited clinical slots that we must have available for each student entering the program.

When does the program actually start?

Your first Surgical Technology course will actually begin in Spring Semester. It is set up this way to avoid an overlap of 1st year and 2nd year students in the clinical area. It also gives you time to complete the Fall Semester courses before you begin the Surgical Technology Program in Spring.

What are the job opportunities and how much does a Surgical Technologist make?

There are many job opportunities for Surgical Technologists. These include positions in hospital Operating Rooms, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Sterile Processing Departments, Tissue Banks, and private work with physician groups. A Surgical Technologist can also pursue training to become a First Assistant. The First Assistant role actually moves the Surgical Technologists from a position of passing the instruments into a position of using the instruments and assisting in the surgical procedure. First Assistants can cut tissue, manipulate tissue, place retractors, provide hemostasis and close wounds. In our area, most Surgical Technologists can expect to have a starting pay of $20.00 per hour.

What does a Surgical Technologist do?

Before a surgical procedure, the surgical technologist is responsible for ensuring all needed equipment and supplies for the specific procedure are available and ready for use by the surgeon. This includes testing and preparing equipment for use, ensuring the availability of all sterile supplies, and preparing the sterile environment so a surgical procedure can take place.

During a surgical procedure, and as a sterile surgical team member, one of the surgical technologist’s main responsibilities is to pass sterile instruments and supplies to the surgeon. This requires complete knowledge of the surgical procedure being performed and anticipation of the needs of the surgical team. The surgical technologist also assumes accountability, along with the registered nurse, for all sponges, needles, and instruments used before, during, and after the procedure.

In addition, the surgical technologist may hold retractors, cut sutures, care for specimens, and assist in applying the sterile dressing. Surgical technologists must have good manual dexterity, be conscientious in a sterile environment, be emotionally stable, and have the ability to communicate effectively on many levels, including one-on-one and team interactions.

What do I do to get started?

Start by completing your application for Sinclair Community College. It is VERY important to sit down with an Academic Advisor to choose your program of study and to ensure your record is correct and on track with your academic goals. The date you choose your major is very important as this will allow our department to track your application and interest in our program. If you do not choose Surgical Technology as your major, we have no way of tracking you. The Academic Advisors are in Building 11, 3rd Floor. The phone number is 512-3029. After you speak to the Academic Advisors, you may contact the department at 512-2563.

What if I've never taken a course in Anatomy or cannot decide between a major in Surgical Technology or Nursing?

If you are new to anatomy, a good course to take as an introduction to human anatomy is BIO 1107. This course will provide a good foundation for success in either BIO 1121 or BIO 1141. However, taking BIO 1107 is not necessary. If you are also considering a major in Nursing, it is suggested you take that program's anatomy BIO series, which is BIO 1141 and 1242 instead of our anatomy BIO series, which is BIO 1121 and  BIO 1222. The Surgical Technology Department accepts the Nursing BIO series for credit, and this will save you time and money if you change your major to Nursing.