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Admission Requirements

logoSurgical Assisting Program
Advanced Technical Certificate
Admission Requirements
                                  Admission to the program is selective and competitive
logoCurrent Certified Surgical Technologist
logoPossess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree
logoTwo years recent clinical experience as a certified Surgical Technologist
                   (CST students who do not have an associates’ degree – see Bridge Opportunity)
1.    Submission of a completed Collin College admission application. Students should be aware that admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Assisting Program. Applications for the Surgical Assisting Program will not be considered for students who have not completed a college admission application.

2.    Submission of official college transcript noting the achievement of an Associate’s Degree or higher or submission of official college transcript indicating interest in the Bridge Opportunity for Certified Surgical Technologists. If applicable, copies of current CST certifications and, if applicable, copies of current AST membership must be submitted to the Director of the Surgical Assisting Program. 

3.    Overall GPA of 2.5 from all college courses completed.

4.    Completed and signed Surgical Assisting Program Application Form by the specified deadline: 4:00 PM, by the second Friday of March, in the Health Science Building, room H210 or H201.

5.    Submit a handwritten, well-developed, one to two page essay discussing why Surgical Assisting has been selected as a career choice and why attendance at the Collin College program is desired. Submit this essay with your application form.
6.    Respond via email to the three question survey that will be emailed to you upon receipt of your program application to the program. 
 7.    Be prepared to participate in an interview with program staff. Applicants may be scheduled for an interview after the application deadline.
8.    Register and pay, $45, in the Castle Branch Immunization. Once registered, upload documents to CASTLE BRANCH of all immunizations recommended by the Department of State Health Services  ( ) OR (  
a.    Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis – primary series or booster within the last 10 years
b.    MMR – 2 doses of MMR or Titer (recommended)
c.    Varicella – 2 doses of Vaccine or a positive Titer (recommended)
d.    Hepatitis B – three doses documented or Titer
*Instructions will be provided upon receipt of program application.
9.    Upload a copy of your personal health insurance card, front and back. Information regarding obtaining  Medical  Malpractice  insurance  will  be  discussed  at  orientation  and  later uploaded to CASTLE BRANCH.
10. Upload a copy of your current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS card, front and back to CASTLE BRANCH. 

11. Agree to a criminal background check. Findings from the background check that do not meet clinical affiliation specifications will result in the student not being admitted to the program.

12. Request two letters of reference from employers or teachers (not friends or family) that can attest to your character and aptitude in a healthcare career. These letters may be emailed directly by  who ever writes them to the Program Director, Donna R. Smith, at or mailed to: 
                                    Attn: Director, Surgical Assisting Program
                                          Division of Health Sciences and Emergency Services
                                          Collin College
                                          2200 W. University Dr., H210
                                          McKinney, Texas, 75071-8001
Once admitted to the program:
1.    During the fall semester, submit written proof of a Quantiferon Gold, IGRA or T-spot TB BLOOD test only. If the TB BlOOD test is positive, a negative chest x- ray within the last 5 years must be submitted. Also, you will be instructed when to take the Flu shot, as that should not be done before October.

2.    Be in good health and furnish the physical examination document. Forms will be provided by the Surgical Assisting Program once the student is accepted into the program.

3.    Participate in assessment of Core Performance Standards document as defined by College policy and be reviewed by the ACCESS department if accommodations are necessary. (To review Core Performance Standards, see the Surgical Assisting Web Site
4.    Pass a drug screen, at the student’s expense, when requested by the program. Positive drug screens can result in students not being admitted to the program.

5.    Information regarding the purchase of school approved uniforms with Collin College. Surgical Assisting patch inserts for the sleeves will be discussed at orientation.

NOTE: Students interested in admission to the program for summer semester should see their physician and begin immunizations 4 months prior to the beginning of the semester.

Specific program requirements and program admission requirements and acceptance criteria are subject to change at any time and without notice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep informed of current program requirements.
The Deadline for submitting an application for admission to the Fall Semester class is 4:00 p.m. on the second Friday of March Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the Health Science Office in H225A on the Central Park Campus, Cary A. Israel Health Sciences Building.
The Application Form can be mailed to:
Surgical Assisting Program Director
2200 W. University Drive, H210
McKinney, Texas, 75071-8001

Health Insurance – All Surgical First Assist students are required to show proof of health insurance and malpractice insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.
Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.
After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities, with or without accommodations, for successful completion of the program, and to function safely and effectively in the variety of professional settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information packet and on the Surgical Technology website. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.