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From Information Technology to Elementary Education, CWI offers a wide-variety of lower division transfer / general education courses & professional technical education degrees.
CWI accepts applications at any time, but special deadlines may apply for health programs and some professional technical technical programs have certain semester only start times. View the steps to apply for more detailed information.
Surgical Technology - PTE Program
There is a comprehensive point system used during the review process which is based on the information included in the Application Worksheet. For example, the more successfully completed courses, the more points received. The admission point system process is based on:
- Prerequisite courses passed with 2.75 GPA, and above
- Co-requisite courses completed with a C, or above
- Current Certification in a health care field
- Health care work history
- Positive references
- Proof of state and county residency
The point system is based on two simple, research supported facts: student success in this fast-paced program is greatly increased by successful completion of previous academic coursework and experience in the healthcare field. It is our goal for all students to successfully complete our program and the national certification exam for Surgical Technology from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
The Surgical Technology Program admits 16 students each fall semester. Application deadline is March 15.
Is it possible to obtain additional application points for coursework beyond the listed pre and/or corequisites?
Yes! Courses such as Pathophysiology, Applied Anatomy, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, General Biology, and Cell Biology will afford you additional points on your application if you are currently enrolled and/or completed the course with a "C" grade or above. In addition, if you have completed both English 101 and Communication 101 with a grade of "C" or higher, you will obtain additional points for having completed both courses as only one is required for the Technical Certification.
The Surgical Technology Program offers a quality education that will develop competent, caring, and high achieving technologist. Most surgical technology programs are considered rigorous, challenging, yet powerfully life-changing. Students have generally been successful with GPAs at or above 2.75 and therefore the criteria for applying to the CWI Surgical Technology Program is a GPA of 2.75 in all pre-requisites. All prerequisites must be completed before acceptance into the Surgical Technology Program.
Transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis; if you took Anatomy and Physiology or Medical Terminology over 5 years ago, and have not used them in your line of work, we may require that they be retaken.
Upon admission into CWI Surgical Technology Program you can anticipate taking the following courses. There may be courses offered during a semester that you have already completed.
|Course Title||Course Number||TC||AAS||Credits||Semester Sequence|
|• Human Anatomy and Physiology w/lab||BIOL 227||X||X||4||Prerequisite|
|• Human Anatomy and Physiology w/lab||BIOL 228||X||X||4||Prerequisite|
|• Medical Terminology||ALLH 101||X||X||2||Prerequisite|
|† Fundamentals of Oral Communication Or English Composition I||COMM 101 or ENGL 101||X||X||
3 (TC) (AAS) 6
|Summer - Co-requisites|
|† General Education Math Course (MATH 123 or above)||GE MATH||X||X||3||Summer - Co-requisites|
|† General Education Social Science Course Or Psychology (PSYCH 101)||GE SOCS||X||X||3||Summer - Co-requisites|
|† Fundamentals of Oral Communication Or English Composition I||COMM 101 or ENGL 101||X||X||3 (TC) (AAS) 6||Summer - Co-requisites|
|† Any Additional General Education Elective from approved list||GE ELEC||X||4||Summer - Co-requisites|
|Introduction & Basic Sciences||SURG 100||X||X||3||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Operating Room Techniques||SURG 101||X||X||5||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Sterilization & Disinfection||SURG 102||X||X||1||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Surgical Technology Sciences||SURG 103||X||X||3||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Preparation of the Surgical Patient||SURG 110||X||X||3||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Job-Seeking Skills||SURG 150||X||X||1||Fall - 1st Semester|
|Total / 1st Semester||16 Cr.|
|Surgical Procedures||SURG 111||X||X||6||Spring - 2nd Semester|
|Peri Operative Care of Surgical Patient||SURG 116||X||X||1||Spring - 2nd Semester|
|Surgery Clinical Practice||SURG 132||X||X||8||Spring - 2nd Semester|
|Total / 2nd Semester||15 Cr.|
|Advanced Practicum||SURG 200||X||7||Fall - 3rd Semester|
|Total / 3rd Semester||7 Cr.|
|TOTAL CREDITS||50||64||Total 70 Cr.|
• Prerequisites: Must be completed prior to the start of the Surgical Technology Program. However, you can be enrolled in BIOL 228 and Medical Terminology in the Spring, but must have completed BIOL 227 prior to the Spring.
† Co-requisites: Strongly encouraged to complete as many as possible prior to applying to the Surgical Technology Program.
For Surgical Technology Courses, students can anticipate studying as much as 2-3 hours for every credit hour each week; for example in a 3 credit hour class, plan to set aside 6 to 9 hours a week for study. Surgical Technology clinical experiences consist of exposure to the health care and community environment. Clinical assignments range from 3 hours to 9 hours, one to two days a week. This can be challenging for working students. During the final 5 weeks of the Surgical Technology Program there will be approximately 500 hours of working in the health care environment.
Students are encouraged to attend advising forums, review curriculum materials, and consult their faculty and One Stop Student advisors. It is important to understand that students are responsible for monitoring their own progression in the Surgical Technology Program and ensuring progression requirements are met.
The Surgical Technology Program at CWI requires the following prerequisites and encourages completion of the following co-requisites:
|Course Name||Course Number||Credits|
|Medical Terminology||ALLH 101||2 Credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology I||BIOL 227||4 Credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology II||BIOL 228||4 Credit|
|Course Name||Course Number||Credits|
|Math in Modern Society or above||MATH 123 or 143, or above||3 – 4 Credits|
|General Psychology||PSYC 101||3 Credits|
|Fundamentals of Oral Communications||COMM 101||3 Credits|
If courses have been taken at institutions other than CWI, transcript credit will be given according to CWI transfer guidelines. For full credit, courses must be completed prior to the March 15th application deadline. Courses in which you are currently enrolled will be awarded partial credit if your application includes a completed Course Credit Verification Form.
You will need proof of updated immunizations, CPR certification, and a Criminal History Background Check. Once you have been accepted into the Surgical Technology Program you will receive instructions on submitting your request for a Background Check. Confirmation of the request for a Background Check will be required. This check costs approximately $45 - $50. You are also required to have and maintain health insurance during the program; this is a requirement of our clinical partners.
Applications for the Surgical Technology Program will be posted on our website after January 1. The deadline for application will be March 15.
Many Science-based degrees have foundational education requirements built into their programs for several reasons, including the need for a well-rounded education and a fundamental understanding of health sciences.
Clinical experience within health care facilities is an invaluable part of your nursing education. To ensure the safety and well-being of clients, health care facilities require that each student complete a Background Check. Results of the Background Checks are confidentially retained by the Surgical Technology Program at CWI. A positive Criminal History Background Check will require further review with the student in order to maintain placement in the Surgical Technology Program. Please review the Background Check Guidelines.
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