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Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, October 25, 2020

1. How long is the surgical technology program?

The program is 9 months in length.

2. How many students are in each class?

The class capacity is 18 students.

3. Can out of state students apply and be accepted?

Yes.

4. Can I work while going to school?

We recommend that students not work if at all possible, but if they must work, limit the number of hours worked per week to around 20 hours.

5. What hours will I be in attendance at school while enrolled in the surgical technology program?

We advise students that the schedule may be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on some days, and to therefore, not schedule other activities.

6. What is the deadline for admission applications?

June 1 to be considered for admission.

7. When do classes begin?

Students are admitted once a year for the fall semester, and classes begin in August.

8. Is it “hard” to get accepted into the surgical technology program?

Admission to the program is competitive with the advantage going to those students with higher cumulative and prerequisite GPAs.

9. Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?

Yes, it is a requirement for admission.

10. Is financial aid available?

Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid or call (501) 812-2289 for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.

11. Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?

No, at the application deadline (June 1), all prerequisite course work does not have to be completed. The program requires 30 SC (semester credits) of prerequisite course work to be completed prior to enrolling in the surgical technology program.

12. If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter surgical technology?

Certainly not. Student ages in the program range from 20-50.

13. Are surgical technologists at risk for Infectious diseases?

Surgical technologists are at no greater risk than any other health care professional. Policies and procedures for immunization, testing, and post-exposure incidents have been developed to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and extramural site recommendations or policies. Surgical Technology students, in the course of their clinical responsibilities, have exposure to blood, blood products, tissue, secretions, or body fluids of patients potentially containing hepatitis B (HBV) and are at risk for HBV as well as other infectious diseases.