Application Process

Surgical Technology Application Process

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Surgical Technology FAQ. If you need additional help, please contact us.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
  • The Surgical Technology program is open to all students. A health science background is not required to apply.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.

Applications for this program are accepted on an on-going basis once all admission requirements have been met. Students are admitted based on their application date on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ARC/STSA Board of Directors have mandated language related to Standard I. A. Sponsorship of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Education Programs in Surgical Technology as follows:

All graduates must complete the program with a minimum of an Associate Degree on or after August 1, 2021.

This applies to all students entering the Surgical Technology program with a Fall 2020 start date and thereafter.

  1. Complete the immunization requirements and document immunizations on the required Health Sciences immunization form.
  2. Review the mandatory online Information Session, then print and keep a copy of the post-test confirmation email.
  3. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.7. We accept grades of “C” or better. Please note that a “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA.
    • BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology I (2020 applicants please see this page)
    • BIOL 2402: Anatomy and Physiology II (must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline; BIOL 2401 is a prerequisite.)
    • BIOL 2420: Introduction to Microbiology (must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline; BIOL 2401 is a prerequisite.)
    • HPRS 2300: Pharmacology for Health Professions (BIOL 2401 is a prerequisite.)
    • HPRS 1106: Essentials of Medical Terminology
    • MATH 1314: College Algebra (or MATH 1332: College Mathematics, or MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics, or higher level math course; MATH 1333 not accepted)
  4. Due to the rigorous nature of the program, you are strongly encouraged to complete the 3 co-requisite courses before entering the Associate of Applied Science degree program. If these classes are completed at time of application, they will be calculated in the GPA:
    • ENGL 1301: English Composition I
    • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology
    • PHIL 2306: Ethics (or a 3-credit hour Language/Philosophy/Culture or Creative Arts course from the core curriculum list)
  5. Complete the TEAS exam after completion of prerequisite courses (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 applicants please see this page). Exam must be within 2 years of date of application. No minimum score is required.
  6. Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
  7. Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  8. Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30.
  9. Next input code UL83im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following application documents:
    • Information Session post-test confirmation email, signed
    • TEAS score page
  10. Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before your application will be accepted.
  1. After completing the steps above for CastleBranch (green checks = clearance), download your application for the Surgical Technology program.
  2. Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.

Applications for the Surgical Technology program are accepted on an on-going basis. Admission is based on application date. Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be placed in the next beginning class in which openings are available.

The program admits students twice a year:

  • Fall – 24 students admitted, 16 at Eastview Campus and 8 at Round Rock Campus
  • Spring – 16 students admitted at Eastview Campus only

Provisional Admission Information

Admission to the Surgical Technology program is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or

Deferral Policy

Students may defer their admission to the next admission cycle with a limit of 2 deferrals. For example:

  • Defer Fall admission to following Spring semester = deferral #1,
  • Defer Spring semester to following Fall semester   = deferral #2/deferral limit met

All admission criteria must be met for the semester the student enters the program. For example:

  • In the event any of your courses expire under the 5-year time limit rule during your deferral period, the expired course(s) will need to be repeated prior to being admitted under the deferral policy.
  • Once the 2 semester limit is reached, the student must reapply with a new application, meet all current admission criteria, and be assigned to the next available seat in the program.
  • Surgical Technology degree plan course equivalents or substitutions can be found here.
  • Students interested in the Surgical Technology program are advised to be diligent and proactive in routinely reviewing this website for updates to the application process and/or the degree plan and for department announcements.
  • All student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution, in the capacity of a surgical technologist.

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Surgical Technology Updates

  • Health Sciences Hop On Hop Off Information Sessions

    General Information Sessions for Health Sciences programs and courses will be held on WebEx on the following dates:

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  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Applications

    The Fall 2020 Surgical Technology class has been filled. The program is currently accepting applications for Spring 2021 admission. Cohorts are filled on a first come first serve basis by date of application. For more information, visit the Application Process page.

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  • TEAS Exam Waived through Spring 2021

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the TEAS exam is waived for Spring 2021, and applications will be accepted at this time without a TEAS exam score.

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