Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which prerequisite courses do I need to take to be eligible to apply to this program?

See the University Catalog.

How do I apply to this program?

Applications open every February 1 for cohorts to begin each August.  Students may apply while they are in their last semester of prerequisite course work. See Program Admissions.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

The program currently has a maximum enrollment capacity of 12 students based on area clinical site availability.

How many clinical hours are required for the program?

The curriculum contains two clinical courses:  SURG 1060 ST Clinical I (fall semester, 4 credits) and SURG 2060 ST Clinical II (spring semester, 7 credits).  Students attend clinical rotations in the fall semester two days per week from 6:30 am – 12:30 pm (12 hours per week) and in the spring semester three days per week from 6:30 am – 1:30 pm (21 hours per week).  Travel to sites outside of local St. George area is required.


How much does this program cost?

In addition to the University tuition and fees, this program has additional course fees of $900 to provide students with surgical lab supplies, instruments, and the cost of the required National Board Certifying Exam.


Will I be certified when I graduate?

Our students take the National Board Certifying Exam (CST) sponsored by the NBSTSA just prior to graduation.  Upon completion of all graduation requirements, the Board releases results of the exam to the Program Director and graduates are notified immediately thereafter.  While we cannot guarantee individual student performance on this exam, our students are well prepared to succeed on the CST exam.

What are the program pass rates on the CST exam?

Our students’ learning accomplishments are confirmed by our long history of exceptional CST exam pass rates.

Is the CST credential required for employment?

Major area employers require the CST for employment.  Check with individual hospitals and surgery centers for further information.

How much do surgical technologists earn?

Please contact the Human Resources department of potential employers to obtain current information.  Click here for national and state averages.