Surgical Technology Admissions

Surgical Technology Admissions

Welcome to the Surgical Technology Admissions page! By visiting this page, you’ve taken the first step toward a challenging and fulfilling career in surgical technology. We hope that you will find all the information you need to apply to our program right here. Please contact us if you have further questions.

Applications are due by May 10th at 9:00am for admission to the class beginning in August

Surgical Technology is a limited-enrollment program and admits one class each fall. Surgical Technology program admission selection decisions are based on the cumulative scores achieved by applicants and are applied without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, lack of American citizenship, disability, status of veteran, or gender. Applicants must verify that they are able to perform the essential functions of a surgical technologist. Some of our clinical sites require that students be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for clinical rotation placement.

The Surgical Technology program admission selection process utilizes a points system designed to predict potential for student success in the program. Application points are earned for the following criteria:

Criterion Percentage of total score
Cumulative College GPA 10%
Completion of, or acceptable progress in completing, prerequisite courses (for most current information on prerequisite courses, please contact the advisor) 10%
Grades in predictive courses (Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Lab, and Human Physiology) and lab 40%
Results of PSB-Health Occupations Aptitude Examination  30%
Professional References (Two required: one from a current or recent employer and one from a University instructor) 10%

In the event that qualifying applications receive identical scores, the date of receipt of the completed applications will be used to assign admission priority. Final selection will be made and students will be notified by email message to the student’s University email address. Admission to the program is considered conditional until candidate completes the remaining requirements, which will be indicated in the conditional acceptance letter An alternate list will be used to accommodate cancellations. Admissions will remain open until the class is filled.

Items to consider prior to applying to the Surgical Technology Program

Essential Functions of a Surgical Technologist

Student Employment

Due to the rigorous demands of this full-time program, student employment is not encouraged. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom and at clinical education sites, and personal health. Student success is our primary concern, and essential learning cannot be compromised. Students will not be excused from class or clinical assignments for personal work schedules. The program is committed to surgical patient safety, so students are prohibited from working night shifts prior to assigned clinical days and must plan to get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep the night before assigned clinical days. Fatigue due to sleep deprivation contributes to an increased risk of medical errors and cannot be tolerated in the educational setting.

Student Travel to Clinical Sites

Access to the clinical education portion of the program requires that students attend assigned surgical rotations at area clinical facilities separate from the DSU campus. Clinical sites are located within and outside of the St. George municipal area and require student travel to sites as far away as Cedar City, UT (approximately 50 miles) with a report time of 6:30 am. Students are responsible for their own travel costs and must maintain reliable transportation.

Impact on Personal Lifestyle

Surgical patient care and safety requires that the skin of students’ arms, hands, and fingers must be intact to prevent transmission of blood borne pathogens from student to patient or from patient to student. This includes injury to cuticles. Fingernails must be healthy in addition to being short, natural, and free of any type of polish. The term “healthy” is used to indicate that fingernails and cuticles must be intact, nail beds healed from damage due to artificial nails, and that fingernails cannot be rough, jagged, or bitten.
Surgical patient care, safety, and professionalism require that sterile team members must be free of any non-natural item on face, ears, neck, hands or arms Enhancement of any type to eyelashes (such as mascara, false eyelashes, extensions, etc.) is not allowed. Jewelry of any type is not allowed in the lab or clinical setting. This includes but is not limited to pierced earrings, nose rings, eyebrow rings, wedding rings, and any item worn on wrist. Visible tattoos must be covered in the clinical setting.

To meet personal hygiene standards necessary in surgical patient care, students may not smoke or use tobacco products immediately prior to or during each assigned clinical rotation day.

The majority of jobs in surgical technology require an obligation to take emergency on-call rotations, which include nights, weekends, and holidays. Additionally, while local demand for graduates is high, the University cannot guarantee surgical technology job placement in St. George or surrounding communities.

Ready to apply to the program? Please use the links below to access application forms and information.

 Download the Surgical Technology Application Packet

PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination

This exam can be taken at the Dixie State University Testing Center, 435-652-7696. The cost is $40.00. An appointment is not needed; however, please allow enough time to complete the exam. Testing Center hours of operation are posted on the testing center web site. A photo ID must be presented to take the exam. Test results must be submitted with program application. Results are used to help determine the applicant’s potential for success in the Surgical Technology program. Additional information regarding the PSB exam can be found at

Professional References

Each applicant will be required to submit two professional references (a form is included in the application packet). One reference must be from a current or recent employer and one from a University instructor. If applicant does not have an employment history, both references may come from instructors.