Programs of Study

Surgical Technology Program General Information

The Program

The Surgical Technology Certificate Program at Calhoun Community College consists of four semesters of classroom, lab, and clinical education. A student completing the program receives a certificate and is eligible to sit for the NBSTSA Certified Surgical Technologist Exam.  Calhoun Community College also offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology.  Student wishing to receive the AAS degree must complete the certificate program plus an additional 18 credit hours of required general education courses.

Admission Requirements

Prior to entering SUR courses (Semester 2 of certificate and semester 3 of AAS degree curriculum), a student must apply for and be accepted for admission to the Surgical Technology Program.

Acceptance into Calhoun Community College is granted to most applicants, but this does NOT constitute nor guarantee admission to the SUR program.  Students interested in admission to the SUR program should complete an application (available on the Surgical Technology Program Web-Site) and submit it to the Allied Health Department office in the Health Sciences Center, Room 308.

The minimum requirements for admission into the SUR program include:
  • Submit a completed application form to the Admission & Registrar’s Office at Calhoun Community College and be accepted for enrollment by the College.
  • Attend an information session (Invitations to an Information session will be mailed to individuals that complete an application prior to the priority deadline).
  • Submit a completed Surgical Technology Application Form to the Department of Allied Health (Forms are made available on the Surgical Technology Program Web-site).
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completed ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better. 
  • Completed Medical Terminology (EMS 106) with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete Math 100, 110, OR 112 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on any college coursework completed.
  • Current Compass Reading score of 75 or higher.
  • Complete Manual Dexterity Exam with an average score of 25 or higher.
  • Completion of BIO 201 and 202 is not required for admission to the program but is highly recommended.

Selection Process

Meeting minimum requirements above does NOT guarantee admission into the SUR program.  Students meeting the minimum requirements will be presented to the SUR Admission Committee with a score “10”.  Additional points are added to the application by the committee when students have:
  • Completed EMS 106 with a grade of
    • “A” = 2 points added
    • “B” = 1 point added
  • Work experience in a patient care setting – up to 3 points added
  • Complete a handwritten statement (on the application) and a manual dexterity exam (Completed at the information session).
    • Statement -  up to 3 points added
    • Manual dexterity exam – up to 3 points added
  • One year or more of work experience in surgery – 1 point added
  • Complete BIO 201 or 202 (Maximum of 6 points)
    • 3 points added for each "A"
    • 2 points added for each “B” 
    • 1 point added for each “C"
  • Complete PSY 200, PSY 210, SPH 107 or ENG 101
    • 1 point added for each “A”, “B”, or “C” for a minimum total of 4 points

Admission is granted to a maximum of 28 students with the highest application scores.  In situations where two or more students have tie scores for the final position, the date the application was submitted will determine the student awarded the seat.

For More Information

Contact: Annette LeCroix, Allied Health Department Secretary (256) 306-2794, or Grant Wilson, Program Director (256) 306-2950,