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The Surgical Technology Program prerequisites are determined by the standards set by the affiliated surgical technology program. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED

Admission is based on academic performance and other criteria. Students are accepted once per year in the fall term.

Once you are enrolled in an affiliated surgical technology program, you are eligible to participate in the Surgical Technology Program at Mayo Clinic by making arrangements through your college program director.

You must successfully complete the required program course work before you are eligible to complete the surgical technology rotations.

Policies and Responsibilities
Modern allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills, and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best possible healthcare practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs in the school is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

English fluency
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.

Applicants will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards which are deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the specific Program Director.

In addition to these general qualities, admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from each individual Program Director.

Additional Admission Requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:

  1. Immunization
  2. Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
  3. Background Study
  4. Drug Screen
  5. Health Insurance
  6. HIPAA, Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS Program in which you are offered admission.

Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.

Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.

Technical Standards

Surgical technologists must:

  • Have good manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly.
  • Be conscientious, orderly and emotionally stable to handle the demands of the operating room environment.
  • Be quick to respond and know procedures well to have instruments ready for surgeons.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the field.
  • Wear protective masks, gloves and goggles.
  • Be able to work long periods standing.
  • Work well under pressure.

Hours and other working conditions of surgical technologists vary, according to the size and type of employment setting. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening, or night shift and may work weekends and holidays.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.
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