Program Admissions

Program Effectiveness Data

Admissions Procedures


The Surgical Technology program is a 4 semester Associate of Applied Science degree program. It is a limited enrollment program that admits students according to clinical site openings each August. All candidates are evaluated using a specialized admission procedure. Students must submit admission materials and meet admission requirements before the application is considered for review. Students will be notified by letter via email of their status (accepted, waiting list, or incomplete requirements) after the deadline. The screening process takes approximately one to two weeks. Surgical Technology AAS program admits one time per year. Fall only, July 15 application deadline for Fall admission.

  • Apply with ECC - how to apply
  • All candidates must submit all official transcripts from other colleges/universities attended.
  • Attend a Surgical Technology Information Session.
  • Complete and submit a health professions application.
  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam.
  • A grade of C or better in BIO 110 or its equivalent or a grade of C or better in BIO 240 or BIO 245/BIO 246 or their equivalent.

Screening Process

To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program students must earn a:

  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB/HOA exam.
  • Grade of C or better in BIO 110* or equivalent.

Note: Students who have earned a grade of C or better in BIO 240 or BIO 245/BIO 246 are not required to complete BIO 110 and will be ranked first in the screening process.

Ranking Criteria

  • Individual PSB/HOA section percentiles are averaged together to determine a single score. BIO240 or BIO245/BIO246 (or equivalent) letter grades are given the following point values:
    • A = 24 points
    • B = 16 points
    • C = 8 points
  • Then those students who have only completed BIO110 (or equivalent) will be given points based on their letter grade:
    • A = 20 points
    • B = 12 points
    • C = 6 points

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Note: Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.