Surgical Technology

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The Surgical Technology program application deadline is October 15. All applications and required items must be received by November 1 for file completion.

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

  • 2-3 Semesters in length, depending on track
  • 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

Available Tracks (AAS)

The Traditional Track begins twice a year and offers two options depending on the applicant’s college experience.

  • Traditional Track: Enter directly into the two semester Surgical Technology program having all seven required general education courses. (2 Semesters)
  • Traditional Track plus Gen Ed Prep: Enter the program as a general education prep student having at least two of the seven general education courses which must include one required science course with lab (4 hours) and one required non-science course (3 hours). (3 Semesters)

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be required to meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed Application Process
  • 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.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institute attended, including but not limited to, concurrent college in high school, college, university, vo-tech, trade school, etc.
  • 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 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


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 4 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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