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Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

Working as part of the surgical team under the direct supervision of a surgeon or registered nurse, the surgical technologist anticipates the needs of the surgeon, utilizes surgical equipment, and provides for the needs of the patient and surgical team.

On April 29, 2020, the BHCLR-School of Surgical Technology submitted a teach-out plan for the Certificate Track to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The final cohort of certificate-seeking students will be admitted in January 2021, graduate in December 2021 and the track will cease operation. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Track will continue operation accepting 20 students each January and July.

Fast Facts:
  • 2 Semesters in length
  • Classes begin in January and July
  • Application Deadline: October 15 for January class; April 15 for July class
  • File Completion Deadline: November 1 for January class; May 1 for July class

Admissions Requirements: Applicants to both tracks will be required to meet the following admission requirements:
  • Completed Application Process
  • ACT Composite score of 18 or above is preferred and score of 17 required
  • A BHCLR applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED prior to program start date. Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.
  • Interview with selection committee.

Application information

Surgical Technology Checklist

Academic Outcomes

Pre-Requisites College Courses for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) is a postsecondary education resource service that provides comparable course information to facilitate student transfer within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Where available, ACTS course numbers are included. For more information see: https://editor.engagelively.com/widgets/adhe-crosswalks-by-subject/index.html

Credit by Exam Information for BHCLR (CLEP, AP and PLA)

Pre-Requisites / General Education for the AAS                                                                          Credit Hours

  • ENGL1013
  • English Composition I 3
  • ENGL1023
  • English Composition II 3
  • MATH 1103
  • College Algebra 3
  • BIOL 1004
  • Biology for Non-Majors -or-
         BIOL 1401 Biology for Majors 4
  • BIOL 2004
  • Microbiology w/lab 4
  • BIOL 2404
  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4
  • BIOL 2414
  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4
  • PSYS 1103
  • Psychology -or-
         SOCI 1013 Sociology 3
  • Social Science Elective (3 Hours) 3

    TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS                                                                                               31


    How much does the Surgical Technology Program cost?
    The cost of the Baptist Health School of Surgical Technology varies depending on the individual student. Please download the Allied Health cost plan for estimated costs.

    How many days a week will I be in class?
    As a student in the Baptist Health School of Surgical Technology, you will be in class 5 days per week. Classroom hours are from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Clinical hours are 6:30 am to 3:00 pm.

    Do you offer night or online classes?
    At this time, the Baptist Health School of Surgical Technology does not offer classes at night or online classes.

    How much do Surgical Technologists make?
    Earnings for Surgical Technologists vary greatly, and have many different factors. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

    What if I don't make a 17 or above on the ACT?
    The Baptist Health School of Surgical Technology prefers an ACT Score of 18 or above for admission; score of 17 is required. If you do not score a 17 or above, we recommend that you re-test. Generally, students are able to increase their score with each time they take the ACT. We also recommend that you use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT.

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