• Surgical Technology Program Admission Criteria


  • The Surgical Technology program is restricted entry and applicants to the program must meet certain criteria before their application will be considered. Currently, the program admits 20 students every Fall term.

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    The information below is based on application requirements for Fall term 2022 admission. To be eligible to apply, applicants must show they meet the requirements described below by the application deadline date of April 15, 2022.

    Phase 1 Admission Requirements

    1. Required coursework to apply

    • WR115 or WR121 with a “C” grade or better (or placement* into WR121 on or after 4/15/2017)
    • MTH058 or MTH065 or higher with a “C” grade or better (Please note, MTH058 from PCC does not satisfy the math requirement.)
    • BI231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a “C” grade or better completed no earlier than Winter term 2015 and no later than Winter term 2022
    • BI234 Microbiology with a “C” grade or better completed no earlier than Winter term 2015 and no later than Spring term 2022 (this course can still be in progress Spring 2022 but proof of registration needs to be submitted)

    *See “Additional Information to meet Admissions Requirements” at the end of this page for placement guidelines.

    2. Prerequisite GPA requirement

    Applicants must have a GPA of at least a 2.5 in their math and biology prerequisite courses. Applicants with a 2.0-2.49 prerequisite GPA may apply but priority consideration is given to applicants who have the minimum 2.5 prerequisite GPA.

    3. Written Exercise: Surgical Technologist Job Description

    Applicants are REQUIRED to complete the written requirements outlined below, saved with their name and MHCC ID number and uploaded with their application. Submissions must be typed in an essay format or bullet points and written in their own words. There is no minimum or maximum word limit as long as all 3 questions are answered.

    1. Demonstrate that you have researched the profession of Surgical Technology by creating a job description for the Surgical Technologist. The job description must include the following categories:
    • Job Title
    • Required Qualifications
    • Required Personal Characteristics
    • Wages
    • Work Hours
    • Examples of Places of Employment
    • Description of the Working Environment/Conditions
    • Duties/Roles and Responsibilities
    • Requirements for Obtaining and Maintaining National Certification
    • Description of Physical Demands
    1. Please explain….
    • Why you feel that Surgical Technology would be the right profession for you.
    • Describe how you meet the required demands of the program and the career for a Surgical Technologist.
    • Please provide examples.
    1. Cite at least three resources (required).

    Resources may include employment ads, online resources such as www.glassdoor.com; www.ast.org; www.nbstsa.org; or interviews with surgical technologists.

    4. Online application submission and application fee

    The application will be available at https://mhcc.edu/SurgTechApplication once the application opens in January. Applicants must also pay the $25 non-refundable application fee and upload their payment receipt.

    Phase 2 Interview and Proctored Essay

    All applications that are considered complete (all required materials submitted) by the application deadline will be evaluated by the program faculty committee to determine the candidates invited to participate in Phase 2. Applicants selected for an interview will participate in a group style interview and proctored essay. After all interviews are held, up to 20 applicants are officially admitted into the program. Up to 10 qualified candidates will be offered an alternate position in the program. Alternates are only offered a position in the program if any of the accepted applicants decline a position in the program.

    Additional Information to meet Admissions Requirements:

    Placement Options*:

    • Students may be able to use the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) or Smarter Balanced scores for meeting the writing skills requirement. Learn more at https://www.mhcc.edu/CoursePlacement.
    • Applicants using the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) are encouraged to practice for the test and review English concepts by using Accuplacer’s free study app.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/15/17.

    Transcript Requirements:

    Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the institution from which the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu. If submitting transcripts by mail, send to:

    Mt. Hood Community College – Surgical Technology Application
    Admissions, Registration and Records
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Gresham OR 97030

    • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required for prerequisite courses.
    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
    • AP, CLEP or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for admission requirements and must be issued directly from College Board or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives).
    • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program. For more information, visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and the process could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
    • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.

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