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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.
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
Get the information session schedule:
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.
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
County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that is $52 per credit
hour, or just $624 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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
If you have questions about the Surgical Technologist program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.