Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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

See the DSU Academic Catalog for a complete list of required prerequisites.

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 the Program Admissions page for more information.

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. As space in the program is limited, admission is competitive, based on an objective point system that has been developed to predict student success.

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 6:30am – 12:30pm (12 hours per week total), and in the spring semester three days per week from 6:30am – 1:30pm (21 hours per week total).

Travel to sites outside of the local St. George area is required, and students are responsible for their own travel costs and must maintain reliable transportation.

How much does this program cost?

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

Will I be certified when I graduate?

Our students take the National Board Certifying Examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) just prior to graduation, on campus in May. 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 departments of potential employers to obtain current information. Click here for national and state averages.

Will I need to obtain a criminal background check?

Yes, if successfully admitted to the program. Students are conditionally admitted until all program entry requirements specified in the acceptance letter are completed, including a criminal background check. Please reference the DSU College of Health Sciences Fit for Study Procedures policy for more information.

Will I need to complete a drug/alcohol screening?

The College of Health Sciences drug and alcohol screening requirements and procedure pertains to all students while enrolled in the Surgical Technology program. Please reference the DSU College of Health Sciences Fit for Study Procedures policy for more information.

What else should I consider?

Prior to applying to the program, individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program and the pressures involved in undertaking the responsibilities of being a full-time surgical technology student. Please visit the Prospective Student page for a more detailed description of the above.