Surgical Technology

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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.


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

Admission Requirements

Applicants 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:

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

Pre-Requisites / General Education for the AAS Credit Hours
ENGL 1013 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1023 English Composition II 3
MATH 1103 College Algebra 3
BIOL 1004
BIOL 1401
Biology for Non-Majors -or- 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
SOCI 1013
Psychology -or- Sociology 3
Social Science Elective (3 Hours) 3


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.

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.

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

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

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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