Admission to the School of Health Sciences (HLTS) at Mohawk Valley Community College is a competitive, time-sensitive, and sequential process. The following are the requirements to apply for the Surgical Technology program. Applicants also are encouraged to carefully review the MVCC HLTS Essential Functions.


All applicants must meet or be working towards the completion of the following prerequisites at the time of application:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent AND
  • The most recent of the following:

Minimum History

  • TASC Score: ≥2500
  • High School Average: 75
  • College GPA*: 2.0

Math Score

  • SAT: 530
  • ACT: 19
  • MVCC Placement: 51
  • College Math: ≥C

Chemistry with Lab or Anatomy and Physiology with Lab**

  • Recommended

Biology with Lab**

  • Recommended

*You must have at least 12 college credits to use a college GPA. Consideration will be given for college-level classes taken in high school.

**If you have a completed degree, or have successfully completed an approved college-level Anatomy and Physiology sequence at MVCC or another college, you may be exempt from the biology/chemistry requirement.

Important Admissions Notes

  • HLTS courses are sequential and begin in the Fall semester. Students must complete the application process and have all relevant admission documents submitted and testing completed by March 1. Applications received after March 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Applicants who have received more than one Ds, Fs, or W in any college course are ineligible to apply to or remain in the program.
  • Applicants who have received more than one D, F, or W for any Surgical Technology core program course at MVCC or any other college are ineligible to apply to or remain in the program. Applicants may submit an appeal request in writing to the School of Health Sciences to be considered for the program.

Steps to Apply

All prospective students must complete the following steps to officially apply for admission to the Surgical Technology program.

Students New to MVCC

Step 1

All new MVCC students need to submit a completed MVCC college admission application to the College’s Admission Office by March 1, including all official college and/or high school transcripts.

Outside of the United States: Request a professional education credential evaluation report from an evaluation service (such as World Education Services: Please request that an official copy of the report be sent to: Mohawk Valley Community College, Office of Admissions, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, N.Y. 13501. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Once a complete application, including transcript, is received by the College, the application will be reviewed by the Admissions Office and students will be notified in a timely manner of their next steps.

Step 2

If it is determined a student meets the initial eligibility requirements to be considered for the Surgical Technology degree program, the School of Health Sciences will send the Surgical Technology Application to the applicant who must complete and submit the application directly to the School of Health Sciences no later than March 1 so the application can be reviewed. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

If after review of the college application determines a student is not eligible to be considered for acceptance into the Surgical Technology program, the student will remain in MVCC’s Health Sciences major. A Student Support Advisor will communicate with the student to discuss next steps toward enrollment at the College and discuss a pathway toward future consideration for the Surgical Technology program.

Note: It is recommended that students complete the MVCC Placement Test and receive an eligible score on the math portion that will allow the student to enroll in MA110. Students may be exempt from taking certain portions of the placement test based on the College’s “Placement Testing Exemption Policy,” which can be found at

Current MVCC Students

Step 1

Applicants should contact Holistic Student Support at 315-731-5710 to schedule an appointment with an appropriate advisor to review the Surgical Technology program application process.

Step 2

If all required prerequisites are completed, the applicant will be directed to complete the Surgical Technology Program Application. Applicants should print legibly in blue or black ink and include any additional significant information for the Selection Review Committee to consider. Applications should be submitted to the School of Health Sciences (HLTS) Office, AB113.

All Surgical Technology Candidates Who Meet Initial Eligibility Requirements and Completed Secondary Application

Step 3

Applicants who meet all qualifications will then be contacted for a meeting to complete the admission process by the Surgical Technology Program Coordinator.

Readmission Applicants

Readmission only includes applicants who had a break in sequence longer than one year due to medical or military leave.

  • Readmission into the program and/or course(s) requires approval of the Dean, and is on a space- available basis.
  • Science credits earned over seven years prior to application without a completed degree will not satisfy course requirements.
  • All core-program courses completed more than one year prior to application will not be transferrable into the program during readmission.

Notify the Dean in writing requesting readmission indicating course and semester for which readmission is sought.

  • Send letters to Melissa Copperwheat, Academic Building room 113D, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, N.Y. 13501 or

Important Notice to All Applicants

If a student has legal charges pending or has been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor, certification may be delayed or denied by the national certifying agency. Students may be subject to criminal background checks and/or blood screening tests at their own cost. Students unable to meet these standards may be prohibited from practicing in the field.

After acceptance into the Surgical Technology degree program, you will be required to sign the following “Surgical Technology Degree Program Acknowledgment Form.” Please review the information that will be on that form below.