• Surgical Technology Program Admission Criteria


  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2019 admission. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year.

    The Surgical Technology program at MHCC is six quarters in length leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. MHCC offers the only regionally accredited Associated of Applied Science Degree program in Surgical Technology in Oregon. The program is taught by qualified professional instructors with years of clinical experience. The program curriculum follows the Association of Surgical Technologists Core Curriculum.

    The program combines academic study with clinical practice in area hospitals. Prior to graduation, the student will sit for the national certification exam. Certification is required in the state of Oregon beginning July 2016.

    The Surgical Technology program at MHCC has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 1978. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), which sponsor the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), is the accrediting agency that acts on the accreditation recommendations formulated by the ARC/STSA. The ARC/STSA address is 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, Colorado, 80120. The ARC/STSA phone number is 303-694-9262; their website is Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    Important Note: Some external links may be inaccessible. People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or dsoweb@mhcc.edu.

    The Surgical Technology program is restricted entry. Prospective students must satisfactorily meet program admissions criteria and application deadline to be considered for program admission.

    Admissions into the Program

    Requirements to Apply

    The information below is based on application requirements for Fall term 2019 admission. To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the requirements described below with coursework and/or testing completed by the application deadline date of April 12, 2019 by 5 p.m.

    Requirement A: Applicants must meet the following reading and writing prerequisites:

    Subject OPTION 1
    Placement into*
    OPTION 2
    Completion of **
    Reading ^ RD117 RD115 or higher with a "C" grade or better
    Writing WR121 WR115 or higher with a "C" grade or better
    ^ A writing course does not fulfill the reading requirement. Students must demonstrate satisfactory completion of this requirement through academic placement or a reading course.
    Requirement B: Prerequisites Coursework** : Applicants must complete the Mathematics and Biology prerequisites by one of the two choices listed below. College courses taken as pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory or audit do not fulfill the admission criteria for the Surgical Technology program.
    Choice 1 – Complete all three:

    MTH058** or MTH065 Quantitative Reasoning or Beginning Algebra ll or higher.

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better.
    • CPT score does not fulfill this requirement.
    • Coursework does not expire.

    BI112 Biology for Allied Health OR one year (3 terms or 2 semesters) of college level biology

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better.
    • Must be completed no earlier than Spring term 2012

    BI234 Microbiology

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better
    • Must be completed no earlier than Spring term 2012
    • Can be enrolled in course Spring term 2019 but will need to provide final transcript by end of June.
    OR
    Choice 2 – Complete all three:

    MTH058** or MTH065 Quantitative Reasoning or Beginning Algebra ll or higher.

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better.
    • CPT score does not fulfill this requirement.
    • Coursework does not expire.

    BI231 Human Anatomy & Physiology l

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better
    • Must be completed no earlier than Spring term 2012

    BI234 Microbiology

    • Must be completed with a "C" grade or better.
    • Must be completed no earlier than Spring term 2012
    • Can be enrolled in course Spring term 2019 but will not receive points for Admissions.

    OPTION 1 – Mt. Hood Community College Placement Test (CPT) *

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test given on a walk-in basis. For more information visit: Testing Services.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/12/14. If it is older, the CPT will need to be taken again.

    OPTION 2 – Transcript Requirements **

    • Applicants must have a cumulative 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.
    • Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu.
    • Do NOT include an MHCC transcript.
    • Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
    • Nationally accredited (for-profit institutions) transcripts are not required and will not fulfill program or degree requirements, but may be submitted.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy. Courses may be in progress at the time of application submission but an updated transcript showing posted grades for the required coursework for Winter term 2019 must be received by the application deadline. If BI234 (Microbiology) is in progress Spring term 2018, an updated transcript will be required by the end of June 2019.
    • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential services if courses are to be used for meeting admission/degree requirements. For more information visit: international transcript
    • MTH058 from PCC does not satisfy the math requirement.
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