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About the Surgical Technologist Program

How to Get Started

To get started in the Surgical Technologist program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Surgical Technologist program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session (held monthly at the El Centro College Downtown Campus) is required and will address program admission, application and acceptance policies in detail. No advance reservation is necessary to attend an information session.

Get the information session schedule:

  • online
  • in the Health Occupations Admission Office (P101) on the first floor of El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing, 301 N. Market St.
  • by calling 214-860-5001

Application Filing Period

There are up to 20 spaces available in each beginning class of the Surgical Technologist program, which starts in August of each year. The application filing period is Jan. 1 to May 31. Submitting your application early does not influence ranking for admission.

Acceptance letters are mailed by June 15 of each academic year.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotations.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​


​​Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following:

Perioperative Nursing Enhanced Skills Certificate

El Centro College also offers a Perioperative Nurse Internship program that gives registered nurses and graduate nurses the opportunity to acquire additional theory and skills required for patient care in the surgical setting.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.​​

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The professional organization is the Association of Surgical Technologists, and the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is responsible for administering the certification exam.

Related Programs

Not exactly sure what you want to study?

You may be interested in our other health care-related programs, including Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Developing Skills for Success

The Surgical Technologist program is located in El Centro’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing, located at 301 N. Market St. at Pacific, a block from the El Centro College Downtown Campus. Opened in 2008 to house the college’s booming allied health programs, the center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Faculty Profiles

Our Surgical Technologist faculty not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in the field, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of some of our Surgical Technologist faculty.

Transfer Information

The Surgical Technologist program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Surgical Technologist program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.