Surgical Technologist - How to Apply - FAQ

What are the requirements to apply to the Surgical Technologist Program?

  • High School graduate or equivalent (college transcript with high school graduation date is acceptable; however points for high school GPA will be forfeited).
  • Complete Assessments (ACCUPLACER/ESL ACCUPLACER AND ACT Engage).
  • Complete and submit the Metro Technology Centers Application for Adult Admission online.
  • Submit required documents as a packet to Adult Career Advisor at Metro Technology Centers, Business Conference Center.
  • Attendance at a required Surgical Technologist information session (documentation required).

I have college credit why do I need to have proof that I completed high school?

  • National certification requires all candidates for surgical technology certification to have completed high school or passed the GED. This completion is verified upon application to ensure the applicant is qualified to receive certification.
     

Should I make an appointment to take the assessment tests?

  • The assessments must be scheduled in advance. The ACCUPLACER is untimed; the ACT Engage is a 30-minute assessment. 
  • Assessments are available at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Mon- Fri (With photo I.D.) Sample questions are available at North/South campuses or online.
  • Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment time - Phone: 405-595-4678; email: Enrollment.ACD@metrotech.edu

Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER/ACT Engage assessments at Metro Tech?

  • ACCUPLACER/ACT Engage assessments may be taken at other educational facilities but official copies of the results must be submitted.
  • ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years.
     

Can I take the assessment tests more than once?

  • The ACCUPLACER/ESL ACCUPLACER may be taken twice per calendar year with two weeks in between each attempt. The highest scores will be recognized.
  • The ACT Engage is allowed once per calendar year.

 

Is a TOEFL score required for International/English second language students?

  • Metro Tech does not require a TOEFL score for admission into health programs, but administers the ESL ACCUPLACER exam as an alternative.

 

Is there a minimum ESL ACCUPLACER score required?

  • While Metro Tech does not require a minimum ESL ACCUPLACER score for admission, state regulations related to health professions require participants to be able to read, write and understand spoken English at an appropriate level.  Therefore, candidates who are selected for enrollment but who did not learn English as their first language and who score below certain levels will be required to improve their scores through ESL instruction prior to beginning classes.  This instruction is available at Metro Tech.

Is there a fee to apply to the program or to take an assessment exam?

  • A non-refundable application fee of $20 must be remitted to the Bursar's office at the time of application. 
  • The application fee includes all assessments and one retake during the same school calendar year. Payment can be made at the Bursar’s office in the Business Conference Center. 

Do I need to have completed medical terminology before I start the Surgical Technologist program?

  • We strongly recommend that college-level Medical Terminology (minimum 2 credit hours or 32 clock hours) be completed by the first day of class. The course work for surgical technology is extremely rigorous; therefore, completion of this course prior to surgical technology course work will make the fall semester much more manageable.
  • Preference points may be awarded for qualified medical terminology course completed within the last five years, receiving a minimum grade of “C”.

 

Do I need to have completed Anatomy and Physiology before I start the Surgical Technologist program?

  • We strongly recommend that college-level Anatomy and Physiology be completed by the first day of class. The course work for surgical technology is extremely rigorous; therefore, completion of this course prior to surgical technology course work will make the fall semester much more manageable.

Which Anatomy and Physiology courses are eligible to receive transfer credit in the Surgical Technologist program?

  •  Technical Anatomy and Physiology (college-credit eligible from career and technology center) or college level Anatomy and Physiology (including all body systems) completed within the past 5 years, with a minimum grade of C (See Selection Criteria sheet for more information).
  • Preference points may be awarded for qualified Anatomy and Physiology course completed within the last five years, receiving a minimum grade of “C”.

Do I need to have my CPR completed to apply to the Surgical Technologist program?

  • No, however, BLS for Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) CPR must be completed prior to the first day of class. Documentation of completion will be required.
  • CPR certification MUST be current through the completion of the program. CPR certification that expires prior to May of the graduating year will not be accepted.

Does Metro Tech offer CPR?

  • Yes, please click here or call (405) 595-4678 for more information

Do I need to have my immunizations completed to apply to the Surgical Technologist program?

  • No, you will be given a list of immunizations that must be completed once accepted into the Surgical Technologist program.
  • All immunization documentation MUST be submitted prior to the first day of class. Failure to submit ALL documentation may prevent participation in clinical rotations. There are no make-up clinical rotations.
  • There will be random drug screening prior to beginning clinical rotations.

How are applicants selected for the Surgical Technologist Program?

  • Applicants are selected based on a point system as indicated on the selection criteria sheet.
  • Criteria include high school/college GPA or GED score, post-secondary education and scores from assessment tests (See Health Careers Center Adult Applicant Selection Criteria).
  • Applicants are ranked according to their total points received as listed on the selection criteria form.
  • Applicants are accepted into the Surgical Technologist program according to rank.

How many students are accepted into the Surgical Technologist program?

  • Fifteen (15) students are accepted into the Surgical Technologist program.

 
Do you offer an evening Surgical Technologist class?

  • No, Metro Tech does not have an evening option for Surgical Technologist at this time.

What is the deadline for submitting an application to the program?

  • Application deadline is May 23, 2018
  • Late applicants are placed on a waiting list for openings that may occur up to the first week of class.

When can I expect to receive an answer regarding my status for the Surgical Technologist program?

  • Applicants are notified of status by June 29, 2018
  • Late applicants are placed on a waiting list for openings that may occur up to the first week of class and are notified accordingly.

How can I increase my over-all points?

  • Applicants may take additional educational classes and/or improve assessment scores.  For information or assistance please call 405-595-4678.
  • Provide a verifiable employment/military history indicated on the "Adult Program Validation of Paid Work Experience" form. It is not mandatory for an applicant to provide verification of employment/military history, but to receive additional points, the current or previous employer(s) must return the form by the stated deadline. 

When will I know if I am accepted into the Surgical Technologist program?

  • All applicants will receive notification of acceptance, alternative status or declination within two (2) weeks to one month after the application period closes.

What is the start date and end date for the program?

  • Class begins in early August and ends in late May each year. Dates vary according to the calendar. Notification of the official class start date will be included in the acceptance letter.

When should I apply for financial aid?

  • Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office at 405-595-4437 for information regarding the types of financial aid available.  This process may take several months to finalize. It is recommended that applicants apply for financial aid early (even before notification of acceptance into the program).

Is there a payment plan for self paying customers?

  • Yes, there is a plan for self paying customers. Contact the Bursar's Office at 405-595-4453 for more information

What is included in the cost of the program?

  • Tuition, fees, supplies, liability insurance, iPad (or comparable tablet) e-books/books and 2 uniforms

Are there additional costs that are not included in the program cost?

  • Yes, there are other costs/fees that students will be responsible for such as immunizations, CPR certification, background screening, clinical hub fee, shoes, additional uniforms, etc. (See Tuition and Total Career Major Costs)

What are class and/or clinical hours for the program?

  • Class hours are 7:45 A.M. -2:20 P.M., Monday-Friday weekly.
  • Clinical days, shifts and hours vary ranging from 6-8 hours per day based on specific clinical rotations. Each clinical facility has specific hours.
  • Clinical hours start as early as 6:00 am and end as late as 3:30 pm. However, in order to achieve the required number and types of procedures according to the clinical matrix, students are encouraged to remain at the clinical site to complete procedures prior to leaving for the day. Some procedures may require remaining longer than the scheduled 3:30 pm.

Can I apply to the Surgical Technologist program if I’ve been arrested or have a felony on my record?

  • Yes, you can apply to the program but clinical facilities may not allow you to participate in the clinical practicum at their facility (background screenings are required and reported to the clinical agency).
  • Students must be able to attend clinical practicum in order to successfully meet clinical requirements. Failure to meet clinical requirements will prevent successful completion of the program.
  • Please contact the program coordinator to discuss individual situations.

 

May I contact the Surgical Technologist coordinator if I have additional questions?

  • Yes, the coordinator may be contacted by email 
  • Questions may be addressed by calling 405-595-4620 or 405-595-4432

 

Is the Surgical Technologist Program accredited?                                                                                                     

The Surgical Technologist Program is accredited by:

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
    Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    Phone: 727-210-2350
    Fax: 727-210-2354
     
  • Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education (OBCTE)
    1500 West Seventh Ave.
    Stillwater, OK 74074
    Phone: 405-377-2000, 1-800-522-5810
    Fax: 405-743-6809