Surgical Technology Admission Requirements

Surgical Technology studentsAdmission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

  2. Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point (GPA) average for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing

  3. Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of "C" or higher in each course prior to fall entry; prerequisite courses are the first two semesters as listed on the degree plan for a total of 28 hours

  4. Take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination 

Pre-entrance Exam Dates

Exam Dates & Registration Form


PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam

This test will be given at least 4 times during the spring semester. Test information will be available the first week of each semester in the Student Advisement Center CC219, the Testing Center CC205, and on the College of Health Sciences webpage.

  1. Pay the UA Fort Smith cashier the $25.00 non-refundable examination fee and obtain a receipt. Take the receipt to the Testing Center and sign up for desired test date. NOTE: Test dates may be changed within the same testing cycle if space is available.
  2. Tests are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number is reached. Students may register for a test until the working day before the test unless the maximum number has already been reached.
  3. If a student does not test during the test cycle, the test fee will not be refunded and the receipt will not be held for the next testing cycle.

Students may take the test once per year, with the most recent score being used for ranking purposes. Scores may be used for two years following the date of examination.


Selection is based on the following weighted system:

Phase One:

Quality Points earned for prerequisite courses on Surgical Technology degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes)


Scored earned on the PSB Exam


Cumulative GPA











Note: In the event that applications have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative GPA. The top 25 applicants after Phase One of the selection process will proceed to Phase Two.


Phase Two:






NOTE: Following the completion of Phase Two, the top applicants will be offered positions for the available seats in the Surgical Technology Program. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission or taking courses on the Surgical Technology degree plan does not guarantee admission into the program. Students not admitted must reapply to be considered for another semester. Students chosen as alternates are not guaranteed a position in the next class.

Student Health Statement/Medical Release Form

Students accepted into any of the College of Health Sciences program will be required to provide documentation of good physical and mental health by completion of the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form. Documentation of all health problems and a medical release form will be required. Copies of immunization records and a valid CPR certification must be submitted. No student will be allowed to attend a clinical rotation without the required health data records.

Additional Documentation

Students admitted into the Surgical Technology Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall entry:

  • Healthcare Provider Statement/Medical Release form
  • Proof of immunizations
  • CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screen

Note:  Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student's program of study. 


Science courses taken more than five years prior to entering the program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Executive Director of the Surgical Technology Program and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences.  See your advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.

The Surgical Technology Program is competency based.  To continue in the program, a student must maintain a 75 percent average in clinical performance and a 75 percent average through each didactic course.

A student dropped for academic or any other reason may apply for readmission if in compliance with the UAFS Student Academic Progress Policy as outline in the course catalog.  A student who discontinues the surgical technology sequence for academic or any other reason must petition for readmission to the Surgical Technology Program.  The readmission requirements are found in the Surgical Technology Program and Procedure Manual (see the Readmission Criteria & Procedure Policy).  The student is not guaranteed a position for readmission.  A student who is readmitted is accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

A grade of "C" or better is required in ALL courses applicable to the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology.


To earn a Surgical Technology degree, a student must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses applicable to the Surgical Technology program; earn a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA in all course work required for the major; and earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all work attempted at the University.  the student must meet with the Advising Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences to complete the graduation application one year prior to intended graduation.

Per the ARC/STSA, the student must sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Surgical Technology (CST) prior to graduation.