Competitive Admission Process


The Surgical Technology program has a limited enrollment and students must apply for admission. An applicant may obtain an Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form from their advisor and/or Health Sciences Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Building. An applicant should carefully read and complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form prior to submitting the form to their assigned advisor. The advisor will verify the information on the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form and forward the completed/verified form to the Surgical Technology Program Manager. It is the applicant's responsibility to complete the Admission Eligibility Verification and Application form correctly and submit the form to their advisor by the deadline.

Must be satisfied PRIOR to the Surgical Technology program application admission process

  • Graduate of an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • The Central Carolina Technical College registrar must have receipt of all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions).
  • Completion and grade of "C" or higher in BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology) and BIO 115 (Basic Microbiology) within the past ten (10) years. BIO 210 and BIO 211 may be used to replace BIO 112 if both of these courses have been completed within the past ten (10) years with a grade of "C" or better. BIO 225 may be used to replace BIO 115 if this course has been completed within the last ten (10) years with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion and grade of "C" or higher in ENG 101 (English Composition I) and AHS 102 (Medical Terminology).
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a composite score of 67 or higher.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in Surgical Technology program curriculum courses.

Admission into the Surgical Technology program is competitive and based on a selective point system process. The point system process is an objective means for evaluating applicants. Applicants will be numerically ranked according to the following criteria.

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
    Twenty-eight percent (28%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the TEAS. An applicant must take the TEAS as part of the application process. The four sub-scale scoring areas (Reading, English, Math, and Science) from the highest composite TEAS score will be used in the application admission process. Combining sub-scale scores from two separate TEAS will not be allowed. An applicant may take the TEAS twice in a calendar year (January 1st thru December 31st). An applicant must wait thirty days prior to taking the TEAS a second time. An applicant may take the TEAS no more than four times. TEAS scores that are older than 5 years will not be accepted.
    An Applicant applying to the Surgical Technology program must submit a composite score of 67 or higher on the TEAS.
  • Admission Program GPA
    Thirty -one percent (31%) of an applicant’s total points will come from the GPA of all program curriculum courses (general education courses) taken in the Surgical Technology program. However, an applicant must have completed *BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), ENG 101(English Composition I), AHS 102 (Medical Terminology) and *BIO 115 (Basic Microbiology) with a grade of "C" or higher to be able to submit an admission application. The admission program GPA will be calculated on a 4.0 scale for all completed program curriculum courses (general education courses) in the Surgical Technology program taken at Central Carolina Technical College or transferred into Central Carolina Technical College. Points will be awarded based on the admission program GPA at the time the admission application is submitted.

    Credit awarded as "E" to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, and Proficiency Tests) will NOT be calculated in the admission program GPA.

  • The program curriculum courses (general education courses) required in the Surgical Technology program curriculum are:
    BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology (4 credit hours)
    BIO 115 Basic Microbiology (4 credit hours)
    ENG 101 English Composition I (3 credit hours)
    AHS 102 Medical Terminology (3 credit hours)
    PSY 201 General Psychology (3 credit hours)
    General education courses in the Surgical Technology curriculum may be retaken one time only.
    *BIO 210/BIO 211 may be used to replace BIO 112
    *BIO 225 may be used to replace BIO 115

  • Initial Core Courses
    Twenty-one percent (21 %) of an applicant’s total points will come from the required initial core courses; *BIO 112 (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), ENG 101 (English Composition I), *BIO 115 (Basic Microbiology) and AHS 102 (Medical Terminology). An applicant must have completed BIO 112, ENG 101,BIO 115 and AHS 102 with a grade of "C" or higher to be able to submit an admission application. Points will be awarded based on grades achieved in BIO 112, ENG 101, BIO 115 and AHS 102.

    *Completion of BIO 210 and BIO 211 with a grade of "C" or better on each may be substituted for BIO 112. However, the grade received in BIO 210 will be used to award the points for the initial core course.

    *Completion of BIO 225 with a grade of "C" or better may be substituted for BIO 115.

    Credit awarded as "E" to a student through advanced standing (Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, and Proficiency Tests) will be treated as a grade of "C".
  • Service Area, Collegiate Credential, and Certified Nursing Aide
    Eleven percent (11%) of the applicant's total points will come from the following:
    1)Service Area, 2) Collegiate Credential, and 3) Certified Nursing Aide.

    Service Area - resident of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties in South Carolina will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. The Central Carolina Technical College Admissions and Counseling Services Office will be responsible for making all residency determinations. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit proper documentation of residency.

    Collegiate Credential (credit only) – an applicant with a regionally accredited post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate will be awarded points in the competitive admission process. Only post- secondary degrees, diplomas, or certificates accepted by the College Registrar prior to the application deadline will be considered. Points will be awarded based on the highest degree earned. Two or more degrees will not be counted. For example, if an applicant has completed a Baccalaureate Degree as well as an Associate Degree, the applicant will only receive points for the Baccalaureate Degree or if an applicant has two Baccalaureate Degrees, the applicant will only receive points for one of the two Baccalaureate Degrees.

    Certified Nursing Aide – an applicant who is currently listed on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry will be awarded points in the competitive admission process.
  • ADDITIONAL POINTS
    Additional points may be added to an applicant's total points if the applicant completes PSY 201 (General Psychology) or has taken the second of the Anatomy and Physiology course series (BIO 211) and achieved a grade of "B" or higher prior to submitting their admission application. Points will be awarded based on the grades achieved in BIO 211 and/or PSY 201. Up to nine additional points may be awarded.

Applicants to the Surgical Technology program will be ranked based upon points awarded, and the applicants with the highest number of points will be selected to fill the available seats in the Surgical Technology program. If two or more applicants have the identical point count total, the TEAS reading score will be the deciding factor. If further validation is needed, science, math and english scores will be utilized.

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Date/Time Published:7/25/2014 2:17