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Prospective Students | Surgical Technology


For an Information Packet and Application please complete this Intake Form

Important Dates for Fall 2024

Important Dates
Event Date Notes
Application Opens January 19, 2024 Applications will open at 6:00 am
Application Closes July 12, 2024 Applications will no longer be accepted after 5:00 pm
Admissions Selection July 23 to 24, 2024 All applicants will be notified by email of their admissions decision
Mandatory Orientation TBD (1 week prior to semester start date) Accepted and Waitlist applicants must attend this orientation
Program Begins August 12th, 2024 First day of class will begin

Information Sessions

An information session meeting is mandatory to be a candidate for the Surgical Technology Program.

Join the information session (Zoom Link)

Meeting ID: 554 268 7714

Spring 2024

  • January 17, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • February 21, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • March 20, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • April 17, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • May 15, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • June 19, 2024 - 12 PM 
  • July 17, 2024 - 12 PM

Admissions and Application Process

  1. Apply to Grayson College
    1. Apply online
    2. Select Surgical Technology as your major
    3. Contact the Admissions Office at 903.415.2569 or at admissions [at] grayson [dot] edu  for assistance
    4. Applicants are required to be fully or conditionally admitted to be considered for the program
  2. Attend Mandatory Information Session
    1. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 12 PM and 6 PM
    2. Sessions held via Zoom: Join the information session (Zoom Link)
  3. Submit Surgical Technology Program Application

Required Documents

  • Completed Application
  • HESI Exam Scores (Including eligible scores and required sections, required by the application deadline)
  • Typed 1-2 pages covering the following topics: What makes you a strong candidate for the surgical technology program & what is the biggest challenge you will face during the program
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial of ALL colleges attended)

Applications must be submitted to surgtech [at] grayson [dot] edu . If a picture is taken of your document it must be clear and legible. Paper copies of documents will not be accepted in person or by mail. Applicants are responsible for ensuring updated documents are received by our office by the application deadline.

The Surgical Technology Department retains the right to deny applications or documents it deems incomplete, ineligible, or illegible at the department’s discretion. The applicant is responsible for ensuring their application is complete, eligible, submitted, and received by our office by the posted deadlines. It is recommended that applicants check their emails frequently throughout this process.

Selection and Acceptance Procedure

  1. All applications are reviewed by the Surgical Technology Committee after the application deadline. Applicants with completed files (including prerequisite courses) will be considered first.
  2. Applicants will complete an interview with program faculty
  3. The number of students admitted to the program varies dependent on clinical space, classroom availability and faculty availability. Admission selection is based on a points system and the scholastic readiness of the applicant which is derived from all documents submitted (see scoring system below).
  4. A decision email will be sent to each applicant via their Vikings email whether it be for acceptance, wait list or non-accepted. An acceptance list and wait list will be used until courses begin. Applicants on the wait list will be notified by phone and email if offered a seat in the class. Number of applicants on the wait list and their position on the wait list will not be disclosed.

Points System

1 point for each academic course completed with a C or better

1 point for submission of completed checklist

1 point for submission of essay

1 point for completion of HESI exam - all components with score of 70% or better

1 point for residency in service area

GPA Scoring Rubric

<2.0 = 0 points

2.0 to 2.5 = 1 point

2.51 to 3.0 = 2 points

3.01 to 3.5 = 3 points

3.51 to 4. 0 = 4 points

Interview Scoring Rubric:      

0 to 10 = 1 point

11 to 20 = 2 points

21 to 30 = 3 points

Max = 19 Points

Coursework Evaluation

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure applicable courses are eligible to transfer and meet equivalency before they submit an application. To ensure the transferability of previous coursework completed at colleges and universities other than Grayson College, potential applicants to Health Science programs are encouraged to have their coursework evaluated by the Health Science Department at least one semester prior to a program application filing deadline if possible. This procedure is especially important for students with coursework from colleges and universities outside the state of Texas. Applicants must be fully admitted GC students for final/official transcript evaluations.

Admissions Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Admitted to Grayson College
  • Attendance of information session
  • 2.0 GPA in all prerequisite courses
  • HESI Surgical Technology Exam (must pass each section with a 70)
  • All science coursework completed within 5 years

Required Immunizations

All applicants accepted into the program will be required to have the listed immunizations. Do not submit immunizations or health records with your application. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that applicants begin the process of obtaining these records and getting any missing vaccinations. Please note that some of these immunizations take up to six months to complete. Immunizations must be started in time to complete the series before the start of the program. During orientation, the accepted applicants will receive instruction of how to subscribe and upload documents into an immunization and health records tracking program.

Applicants must be able to complete all required immunizations and health documents by orientation, if accepted to the program.

  1. TETANUS/DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS (Tdap): (Immunization) One dose of Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years (DTAP or TD not accepted).
  2. MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA(MMR): (Immunizations or blood test) 2 doses.
  3. VARICELLA(Chickenpox): (Immunization or blood test) 2 doses.
  4. HEPATITIS B (3 dose series) or Heplislav B (2 dose series): (Immunization or blood test) Takes 1-4 months to complete.
  5. MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE: All on-campus college students who are under the age of 22 must have the meningococcal vaccination within the previous 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
  6. INFLUENZA VACCINE: Annual influenza vaccination with the most up-to-date strains predicted on the basis of viral surveillance data is required.
  7. COVID VACCINE: Grayson College does not require the COVID Vaccine. However, clinical agencies do require COVID Vaccination. Medical and religious waivers are considered. Requirements are subject to change at any time.

Drug Screening & Background Check

Students must pass a urine drug screen and an additional criminal background check at the beginning of the program and prior to the start of clinicals.

Health Documents

  • CPR: Obtain American Red Cross BLS Healthcare Provider level CPR certification. All CPR classes must include a skills performance check-off in the course (current within 2 years). Our Center for Workforce Learning department offers CPR courses throughout the year, please email them at cwl [at] grayson [dot] edu for their availability.
  • TB exam: Obtain proof of a negative TB (tuberculosis) test. Bloodwork or skin test must be current within 1 year, or negative chest x-ray that is current within 5 yrs.
  • Physical Exam: Required form provided with acceptance/waitlisted email (current within 1 year).

Physical/Mental Capabilities

  1. Visual acuity with or without aids
  2. Hearing ability with/without auditory aids
  3. Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift at the amount required by the clinical agencies, and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Ability to speak clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient conditions, and implementing health
    teaching. Ability to write legibly and correctly in patient’s chart for legal documentation.
  5. Manual dexterity to use sterile techniques, insert catheters, pass instruments, or retract
  6. Ability to function safely under stressful conditions, adapting to ever-changing clinical situations involving patient care.

Transfer of College Coursework

Students who desire admission via transfer to GC must adhere to the GC course transfer policies outlined in the GC Catalog. This includes submitting official copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Prerequisite and co-requisite general education courses will be accepted for transfer and application toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology if the course is evaluated as equivalent to the required course at GC.

Currently, there are no articulation agreements in place or credits for experiential learning available.