Surgical Technology

Program Admissions

Applications for admission to the Surgical Technology Program for the 2020-2021 academic year are now being accepted. Due date for applications is May 22, 2020.

The application can be downloaded here.

Submit applications to and/or for more information contact:

Rachel Stewart, Academic Advisor for College of Health Sciences
Dixie State University
Human Performance Center #321
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-652-7695

Please Note

To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program, an applicant must first be admitted as a Dixie State University student.

Everything one needs to know about applying to DSU can be found here.

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.


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 %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 health science advisor) 30%
Grades in predictive courses (Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Lab, and Human Physiology and Lab) 40%
Professional references (two required: one from a current or recent employer and one from a university instructor) 20%

  • 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 the 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Heather Osness

Interim Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4842

Office: Taylor 258

Rachel Stewart

Academic Advisor


Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: HPC 321

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207/HPC 322