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FAQ

What are the requirements to be admitted into the program?
After the application deadline, all completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty members and program administrators.
 
Selection will be based on the following criteria:
1. Required prerequisite courses completed or in progress
2. Cumulative grade point average
3. Observation evaluation
4. Responses to application questions
5. References
 
Should any students receive identical scores, the date of receipt of the applications will be considered in assigning priority. Final selection will be made and the students will be notified. An alternate list will be made to fill any cancellations.
 
Our program does not have a waiting list; therefore, students not selected for admission into the Surgical Technology Program must initiate the admission process the following year before being reconsidered. All students’ applications not selected will be kept for one year after the deadline and then will be destroyed.
 
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
The number of students accepted each year is dependent upon clinical site availability. Historically, up to 12 students have been accepted each year.
 
What is the length of the surgical technology program?
This associate degree program can be completed in two years. Students must complete a minimum of 37 credits of prerequisite courses taken in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The program core is completed in one year (fall, spring, and summer semester).
Can program prerequisite courses be completed at a school other than LCCC?
Yes. General education courses that match those in the program will be considered for transfer. The program director is available to evaluate transcripts from other schools. View our our common course transfer guide for Colorado schools.

How much does the program cost?
The surgical technology program has associated fees and expenses in addition to general college tuition and fees. Learn more.
 
Do you offer online, part time or evening classes for the surgical technology program?
Many of the prerequisite courses are offered online or as evening courses. The prerequisite courses may be taken part time if the student wishes, but that will extend the length of time it takes to complete the program. Due to the nature of the program core course content, all SURG-prefix courses are offered in face-to-face format in the classroom or lab during the day. The program core (second year) is full time only.
 
When are the core surgical technology courses offered?
Surgical technology course schedules vary, but lecture and lab courses are generally offered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Clinical courses are scheduled in coordination with clinical site surgery schedules and are offered Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Can I have a job while I'm in the program?
Due to the demands of the full-time program, student employment is not encouraged. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom, 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 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.

How do I progress in the program?
To progress in the program, students must maintain a minimum grade of C in each required Surgical Technology course. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above is required prior to and after acceptance into the program. Students must also take and pass all surgical technology courses in sequence.

Will I be certified after I complete the program?
Surgical technology students are required to take the national Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Examination (CST exam) just prior to graduation. Results are released upon documentation of graduation. Contact the program director for an exam application and schedule.
 
Are jobs available for me after graduation?
Yes! While the program cannot guarantee job placement in a particular location after graduation, a bi-annual needs survey of employers conducted in Wyoming since 2009 confirms that substantially more surgical technology jobs have been available in Wyoming each year than the program has had graduates to fill those jobs. Graduates must be willing to relocate from the immediate Cheyenne area if necessary to obtain employment.

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