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Get Started in the Surgical Technologist Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College  for general college admission. Or talk to an advisor in Health Occupations Admissions for specific admission information to the Surgical Technologist program.

Information Packets and Information Sessions

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session.

Application and Admission to the Program

There are up to 14 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 to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for all allied health programs at El Centro College. Each packet includes specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

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 before 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)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

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

Find out more about other nursing and health care programs.

Other Degree Options

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, 301 N. Market St. at Pacific, a block from the El Centro College Downtown Campus. Opened in 2008 to house the college’s 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

Surgical Technologist faculty have relevant degrees and experience in the field, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work 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.