MTECH Surgical Technology Application

Spring 2023 Application

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
How to Apply:
  1. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee to MTECH Student Services
  2. Completely fill out this application including all the required supporting documentation.
PLEASE NOTE:
  1. The non-refundable $30 application fee must be paid BEFORE you submit this application.
  2. The $40 student registration fee will be paid AFTER you are admitted into the program. If you are accepted, you will be notified by email of the due dates for the remaining fees.
  3. You will be required to pay for your drug screen and background check BEFORE being admitted to the program. The estimated cost for the drug screen and background check is between $90-$110.00.
  1. Incomplete applications and application documents received outside the application period will not be processed.
  2. Adult applicants only, who are at least 18 years old, and have an official documentation of a high school diploma.
  3. College level transripts are optional but may aid in your acceptance into the program. College transcripts must be delivered to MTECH (ATTN: Surg Tech) or by official electronic submission from the respective college.
  4. Both the program application submitted online and your completed Verified Credentials account and documents are required by the application deadline in order to be considered for a program director's interview.
  5. The Verified Credentials student registration account is required for the background check, 10 panel drug screens, and immunizations uploads and are due by the application deadline.
  6. Please see the Verified Credentials (VC) student information notice at the end of this application. The notice contains instructions on how to create your student (VC) account, register, pay the Verified Credentials fee, and complete the document requirements.
  7. Please read this entire application and the Surgical Technology Program web page for information about the application deadline date and application process.
  8. Submit the completed program application online and complete your Verified Credentials student account by the application deadline indicated on the program web page.
  9. Applying does not guarantee an interview, nor admission to the program. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  10. A competitive, points-based process determines entry into the Surgical Technology Program. There is no waiting list.
  11.  If you are applying for Federal Financial Aid, please go to the Financial Aid Webpage for more information. It is recommended to apply at least three weeks before the program starts to ensure processing prior to your start date.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Mountainland Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies:

Lynn Adams
Mountainland Technical College
2301 W Ashton Blvd
Lehi, UT 84043
Phone: 801-753-4245
ladams@mtec.edu
Inquiries may also be sent to:
Office for civil Rights, Denver Office U.S.
Department of Education
Cesar E Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Blvd, Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204-3582
Phone: 303-844-5695 (TTD: 800-877-8339)
Fax: 303-844-4303
Email: OCR.Denver@ed.gov

To prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

The Surgical Technology Program prepares individuals to work primarily in the operating room. Students will be placed in clinical facilities at the discretion of the program director. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the clinical sites and may be required to take public transportation. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an MTECH Certificate in Surgical Technology. All students are required to participate in the Tech in Surgery - Certified (TS-C) examination through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Capacity in the program is limited by the number of available clinical sites.

The Surgical Technologist is an individual with specialized education who functions as a member of the surgical team in the role of surgical technologist. The surgical technologist assists with surgical procedures, creates and maintains the sterile surgical field, sets up the surgical field, and hands the instruments, sutures, and other equipment needed to the surgeon to do the procedure. This surgical technologist is also responsible for the care of instruments before and after the procedure. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, surgical centers, labor and delivery, and physician's surgical suites.

Students must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate with documentation of graduation.

Submission of the online Surgical Technology Program application. Create your Verified Credentials account, pay the Verified Credentials fee, and complete the required documents. Both are required to be considered for a program director's interview. 

If you have any questions, please email Shauna Jackson, sjackson@mtec.edu, for assistance. 

Completion of the MTECH Surgical Technology Program may allow you to receive 30 college credits at Utah Valley University, as well as to sit for the Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) certification exam through the Nation Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Program ComponentsLABLECTUREHYBRIDTOTAL
ST 1010: Introduction to Surgical Technology and Lab4444088
ST 1020: Microbiology and Infection Control and Lab II4444088
ST 1030: Surgical Pharmacology and Lab III4444088
ST 1040: Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology and Lab IV4444088
ST 1050: Surgical Procedures I and Lab V56540110
ST 1060: Surgical Procedures II and Lab VI56540110
ST 1080: Surgical Procedures III and Lab VII56540110
ST 2010: Final Comprehensive3333066
ST 2020: Certification Exam Review033033
ST 2040: Workplace Readiness033033
ST 2060: Surgical Technology Clinical Externship000500
Total37743701314
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  1. Prepare competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Prepare surgical technology students to take the Tech in Surgery – Certified NCCT industry examination. 
  3. Prepare surgical technology students to scrub in the primary role in general area along with orthopedic, gynecology, genitourinary, cardiovascular, neurosurgery, obstetrics, thoracic, peripheral vascular, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, and plastic/reconstructive specialties.
  4. Engage students in a clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced and certified surgical technologist.
  5. Students must complete the TS-C Critical Skills Competency Documentation to show evidence of a minimum of 125 surgical cases including 50 cases in General Surgery, 20 cases in orthopedic surgeries and at least 55 cases in a minimum of two specialty areas. The majority of cases in each of three specified areas, must be in the 1st scrub role. 
  6. Develop effective communication skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening as necessary in the surgical setting. 
  7. Develop reasoning, problem solving, and anticipation, and prioritization skills in the surgical setting in order to effectively create and organize the sterile field for efficiency, safety and conservation of financial resources. 
  8. Prepare students to serve various patient populations with an ability to meet their individual needs including those of diverse ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, and sexual orientation.
  9. Develop a strong surgical conscience in the student, and always place the patient first. 
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Once the application period is closed, the Surgical Technology Program Director and Faculty will review all submissions and contact each selected applicant for a program interview. The top 20 applicants will be invited for an interview. Incomplete application packets, and application packets and Verified Credentials requirements not submitted by the deadline, will not be processed. 

Application evaluations use a point system with a standard rubric to select candidates based on satisfying entrance requirements with the testing center, the essay and the interview, and complete application packet requirements. 

The top 20 applicants selected by the program faculty will be contacted for a program director's interview. 16 applicants with the highest overall scores following the interviews will then be offered seats in the program. The Surgical Technology Program Director and faculty reserve the right to interview additional qualified applicants if the initial interviewees do not meet minimum standards. When additional clinical externship facility slots are secured, additional seats may be available.

ComponentsPoint Value
Interview60
Interview Preperation and Impression30
Essay20
Medical Experience - Employment (5 points per year up to 2 years)10
Medical Experience - Education (2 points per class up to 5 classes)10
Completion of Verified Credentials account and requirements. Background check, 10 panel drug screen, and required immunization documents.10
College Assessment Test or Testing Center Verified Equivalent5
TOTAL145
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In their Verified credentials account, the student will follow the directions to upload their official documents of the following required immunizations: 

A copy of immunization documentation. All of the following immunization records are required for entrance into the program. Immunization records will be verified and completed by the students that are accepted into the program. More information will be given to the students that are accepted into the Failure to provide a complete record will result in a forfeit of your spot in the program. Please make sure all of the following immunizations are up to date prior to applying to the program.

  1. Tuberculosis screening One of the following is required:
    1. 2-step TST (two separate Tuberculin Skin Tests, aka PPD tests) is placed no sooner than seven (7) days apart and no longer than twelve (12) months a part. The last TST should be completed at the time the student begins their clinical site.
    2. One (1) QuantiFERON Gold blood test with negative
    3. One (1) T-SPOT blood test with negative
      ***If previously positive to any TB test, student must complete a symptom questionnaire and have a chest x-ray read by a radiologist with abnormal result. Chest x-ray must have been taken within the previous 6 months. If chest x-ray is abnormal, the student needs to be cleared by their physician or local health department before beginning their training at an Intermountain Healthcare Facility.
  1. Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella One of the following is required:
    1. Proof of two (2) MMR
    2. Proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella through a blood test prior to
  2. Tdap requirement:
    1. Proof of one (1) Tdap vaccination after age
  3. Varicella (Chicken Pox) One of the following is required:
    1. Proof of two (2) Varicella
    2. Proof of immunity to Varicella through a blood test prior to
  4. Flu Vaccination requirement:
    1. Proof of current, annual influenza
  5. COVID-19 Vaccination requirement. One of the following is required:
    1. If vaccine requires: proof of two (2) COVID-19
    2. If vaccine requires: proof of one (1) COVID-19
  6. Hepatitis B One of the following is required:
    1. Documentation of three (3) Recombivax HB or Engerix-B Hepatitis B vaccinations (dose 2 given at least one month after dose 1, and dose 3 given at least five months after dose 2) and HBsAb blood test with “Positive” or “Reactive” result.
    2. Documentation of three (3) Recombivax HB or Engerix-B Hepatitis B vaccinations (dose 2 given at least one month after dose 1, and dose 3 given at least five months after dose 2) given more than 8 weeks prior to start date with no documented blood test results (no blood test is required, but a baseline titer should be run immediately if the person has a significant exposure to blood or body fluids).
    3. HBsAb blood test with “Positive” or “Reactive”
    4. Documentation of six (6) Hepatitis B Vaccinations with HBsAb blood test result of “Negative” or “Not Reactive” (this person is considered a “Non-Responder”).
    5. Documentation of two (2) Heplisav B vaccinations given at least 4 weeks apart and HBsAb blood test with “Positive” or “Reactive” result. Documentation of two (2) Heplisav B vaccinations given at least 4 weeks apart with no documented blood test results (no blood test is required, but a baseline titer should be run immediately if the person has a significant exposure to blood or body fluids).

*Pregnant students need to consult their physician before beginning the vaccinations and tests.

**Please note: It is the right of MTECH’s participating clinical facilities to deny the student entry into their facility if the student is not completely vaccinated.

The Surgical Technologist must be in good physical and mental health to withstand the rigors of the job. Requirements include: 

  • Manual dexterity. Pushing/Pulling.
  • Good vision, and good hearing
  • Good communication (hearing, listening, writing, and speaking skills) 
  • Standing for long periods of time without breaks or stopping for meals
  • Mobility
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds. 
  • Potential students must take the 10 Panel drug screen as directed by Verified Credentials.
  • Surgical Technology students must take a second drug screen, within 48 hours before starting a clinical externship rotation. 
  • Please email Shauna Jackson, sjackson@mtec.edu for the Student Instruction Letter to complete the 10-panel drug screen through Verified Credentials. 
  • Students are responsible for the cost to obtain the 10 panel drug screens.
  • If further test(s) are required by the medical review officer physician to determine safe levels. If a controlled substance is found, the student will be responsible for the cost of this test as well. 
  • All students must understand that over the course of this program, if at any time the program director, clinical supervisor, instructors or facility personnel become suspicious of illegal drug or alcohol abuse, the police will be called and the student may be required to take a drug test (out-of-pocket). If a student declines such a request, or tests positive for any misuse of a substance, they may be dismissed from the program. 

Prospective Surgical Technology students must complete a background check through Verified Credentials. The student is responsible for the cost. 

    • The Verified Credentials Student Information Letter is at the end of this application and will give you the directions on how to set-up you account. Please email Shauna Jackson, sjackson@mtec.edu, for assistance. 
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Upon satisfactory completion (80% or higher) of all exams, assignments, professionalism, program attendance (95%), and payment of all college costs and fees, students will be eligible for a clinical externship. Students may only begin their externship after they have passed all three final competencies (instrumentation final, written final, mock surgery final). All students must be fully prepared, able, and willing to represent MTECH in a professional manner. 

The Surgical Technology Program Director and Clinical Instructor arrange clinical externship placements for all students at appropriate facilities. The student is responsible for transportation to and from the externship sites. No concession or guarantees will be made regarding the distance, day, time, instructor, facility or other student preference. 

The externship experience is a period of learning, observing, and practicing the skills learned in the student's program. Upon completion of a clinical externship site rotation, the clinical externship supervisor will complete an evaluation report of the student's performance. Failure to perform professionally while on a clinical externship rotation, including speech or demeanor, which reflects poorly on the college or affiliated clinical externship site, may results in dismissal from the clinical site and/or college. 

Students are expected to complete their clinical externship experience within the period allotted. 

Students must not schedule breaks, vacations, or major life events during their program course or clinical externship, nor schedule a break between the end of the classroom portion and the externship period. It may be necessary to assign a student to a clinical externship training facility that is up to 100 miles one way from the MTECH campus. 

Each Surgical Technology student is required to fulfill the Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT) Critical Skill Competency requirements on their externship. These procedures are broken down into general and speciality procedures and the scrub roles required. These requirements will be explained when the student is eligible for clinical externship training. 

To complete the Surgical Technology Program, the student is required to sit for and pass the Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C), certification exam through the NCCT. 

Students must be BLS Certified before going out on externship. All participating surgical facilities and hospitals require that each student be BLS Healthcare Provider certified prior to entrance into the surgical facility for externship training. It is mandatory that ALL students attend the on-campus BLS Healthcare Provider course as part of the Surgical Technology Program. 

All students must maintain progress at a rate of 80% (B grade) or better, Failing to do so will result in the student being placed on probation. The student must raise their progress to 80% according to their Academic Improvement Plan or the student will be dismissed from the program due to lack of progress. All students must maintain an attendance rate of 95% or better. Failing to do so may result in the student being placed on probation and dismissed from the program. 

Due to the hands-on nature of the training received, attendance is very important in all MTECH programs. It is very difficult to make up for missed training and as a result, 85% attendance is required in all MTECH programs. However, due to state licensure requirements, some programs have stricter attendance requirements that need to be met in order to receive the license. The instructors of those programs will explain the attendance rules. Students are responsible to notify the instructor before upcoming absences or emergencies that arise that may cause them to miss class, lab or clinical externship. The MTECH Surgical Technology Program requires 95% attendance. 

Surgical Technology students are required to wear program specific scrubs. The scrub uniform is a pewter/gray scrub top and a black scrub pant. This scrub uniform is available for purchase, by the student, from the surgical technology programs on-line All Heart scrub uniform store. Upon acceptance in to the surgical technology program the student will be given directions on how to create their own account and order their scrub uniform from the on-line store. The complete scrub uniform is required on the first day of class. Closed toe shoes, in good repair, and that are liquid repellant, are to be worn at all times during lab and class. Open-toe shoes, canvas shoes, flip-flops, slippers, and sandals are not allowed for the safety of the student. 

Students will wear their school uniform scrubs upon entrance to and upon exit from the college campus and all clinical externship site facilities. Students may be required to change from their school uniform scrubs into the clinical externship site approved scrubs at the facility. Students dressed inappropriately for class or for a clinical externship site will be directed to leave the site. If a student fails to comply with the dress standards after counseling by the Program Director or instructor, the student will meet with the Academic and Career Counselor. The student will improve or the student's dismissal will be required. Jewelry of any kind is prohibited at all clinical externship site assignments, according to the policy of the assigned facility. This includes visible piercings of the ear, eyebrow, cheek, tongue, lip, and other surfaces. Failure to adhere to this college and industry standard may result in a student's dismissal from the program. Fingernails are required to be short and free of polish. Artificial, acrylic, gel, or dipped nails are prohibited, as they harbor copious amounts of microbes. Failure to adhere to this college and industry standards may result in a student's dismissal from the program. Good hygiene and grooming are essential. The college and all surgical site facilities are smoking and vaping free campuses.

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Students should expect to be in class from 7:30am - 2:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A one-hour lunch break will be provided. (EXTERNSHIP TIMES WILL VARY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) 

The advertised cost of the program and required materials are subject to change at any time and without advanced notice. Please refer to the website for the most current information.

Please Note:

  1. The non-refundable $30 ST Program Application Fee must be paid before or when you turn in the MTECH Application
  2. The $40 MTECH Student Registration Fee will be paid once admitted to the ST program.
  3. Once you are admitted to MTECH, you will need to register and pay your FULL tuition two weeks before the program start date at Student Services. Tuition rates generally change annually on July 1st, and may increase from current rates. 
  4. The above costs are estimates only. The cost for fees, tuition, and any other associated costs are subject to change at any time, and without notice.