Surgical technicians are key members of the team that assists surgeries. They work closely with surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other hospital personnel. They work with surgical equipment, operating room setup, and patient preparation and transport.
Employment for surgical technicians is forecasted to grow faster than other jobs. With MVCC’s Surgical Technician ABHES Accredited Certificate Program, you can be ready to compete for these jobs as little as one year. The program is designed for people interested in performing the duties of a surgical technician, offering experienced faculty, hands-on experience, and the best allied health education in the Mohawk Valley. Graduates are prepared as entry-level practitioners in surgical technology to work in operating room suites assisting in the preparation of supplies and the delivery of care to the surgical patient.
Surgical Technician Certification Pass Rate
How to Apply to the Surgical Technician Certificate Program
Admission to the Surgical Technician Certificate program at MVCC is a competitive and time-sensitive process. If you wish to apply to the Surgical Technician Certificate program, please contact the office of the School of Health Sciences at 315-792-5375.
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In order to be considered for admission to this program, prospective students must meet all of the following requirements prior to beginning their studies.
- High school diploma or its equivalent AND
- The most recent of the following:
- A current overall college grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 (minimum of 12 or more credits)
- High school average of 80
- An SAT math score of 530 or higher on the new SAT (500 or higher on the old SAT) OR
- an ACT math score of 19 or higher OR
- an appropriate math placement test score OR
- a grade of “C” or better in a MVCC MA090, MA091, MA110, MA108, MA115, or comparable mathematics course taken within seven years.
- High school biology with a lab and a final grade of 70 or higher taken within seven years OR
- a grade of "C" or better in an equivalent college biology course with a lab taken within seven years.
Chemistry: High school chemistry with a lab and a final grade of 70 or higher taken within seven years OR a grade of "C" or better in CH111 & CH 112 or CH 131 or equivalent taken within seven years.
Please note: If you have successfully completed BI216 or BI217 at MVCC with a grade of “C” or higher or completed an approved college level Anatomy and Physiology course taken within seven years at another college, you may be exempt from the Biology requirement for consideration of entry in to the Surgical Technician certificate program.
- Applicants may have no more than one repeat (F, D or W) in any of the above prerequisite college courses within five years of applying to the Surgical Technician Certificate program.
- Applicants who have received more than one “D”, “F”, or “W” for any of the following
courses at MVCC or at any other college will be ineligible to apply to the Surgical
Technician Certificate program:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
- Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
- any Surgical Technician course
- Any student who has been unsuccessful in one Surgical Technician course or Human Anatomy & Physiology I and/or II will be dropped from the program. Any student who has been unsuccessful at another college/Surgical Technician program will not be eligible for admission to the Surgical Technician Certificate Program.
- Proof of current American Heart Association CPR certification must be on file.
- The Health Physical Assessment form must be completed and on file by August 1 for fall admission.
- Schedule an appointment with the School of Health Sciences. Call 315-792-5499 for an appointment.
- Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the college, is required and payable at registration.
- Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned health care agency for externships.
- American Heart Association CPR must be kept current while attending the program.
- A dress code exists and identified items (protective eyewear, picture ID, lab coat, “sturdy” shoes and support hose) are required before entering AH120 Surgical Technician Clinical Seminar. Students are required to purchase “scrubs.”
- A Minimum grade of C (70) is required in all Surgical Technician specific courses and a minimum grade of C (70) is required in Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2.
- Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible to graduate from this program.
- Graduation from the Surgical Technician program does not guarantee national certification at this time.
- Students with legal charges pending or who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may have their credentialing delayed or denied.
- Credit by examination or credit for life time experience is not an option for any Surgical Technician or Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 courses.
- Students may be subject to criminal background checks and/or blood screening tests at their own cost.
The Surgical Technician Certificate Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Information about the program is available at: