Surgical Technology Services Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee for this program is guided by the following criteria:

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Grade Point Average

All applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA by the application deadline.

Work Experience / Health Science Education

Points will be given for relevant work or education experience in only ONE of the following areas. Documentation must be provided with either the transcript showing the degree earned or the Verification of Health-Related experience form.

  • One year of full-time or equivalent work with direct patient care, related to a Health Science program will be awarded 2 points.
  • Graduate of a Health Sciences Program - One semester or less in length with 6 months work experience with direct patient care will be awarded 4 points.
  • Graduate of a Health Sciences Program - two semesters or more in length with 6 months work experience with direct patient care will result in 6 points.
  • Graduate with an A.A. degree or higher will result in 8 points.
  • Five years or more work experience as a Surgical Tech (on the job training) with direct patient care will result in 9 points.
  • Graduate with an A.S. degree in a Health Science Program with 6 months work experience with direct patient care will result in 10 points.

Meet with a Health Science Advisor

Students must meet with a Health Science Advisor during the semester they are applying. Students must turn in their Advising point sheet with their application materials. No points will be awarded for this requirement.

Complete ALL General Education and Prerequisite/Support Course Work

Only college-credit courses completed with a grade of "C" or better can be used. Applicants will not be accepted if all classes listed below are not completed by the application deadline.

Completion of all the required A.S. degree general education courses (below) will result in 10 bonus points. 

  • General Biology (includes lab)
  • Composition 1
  • Mathematics Requirement (College Algebra or equivalent)
  • Civic Literacy Requirement
  • Humanities Core Requirement

The following prerequisite/support courses must also be completed by the application deadline.

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
  • Microbiology
  • Medical Terminology (Advanced Medical Terminology is preferred)
  • General Psychology

Additionally, the following courses will be awarded points based on the grades earned: A=5 points, B=3 Points, and C=1. Only courses completed in the last 5 years with a "C" or better can be used for points. (Any exception to the 5-year rule may be discussed with a health science advisor.)

  • General Biology (includes lab)
  • Medical Terminology (Advanced Medical Terminology preferred)*
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (includes lab) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (includes lab) 
  • Microbiology (includes lab) 

* Students who elect to take Advanced Medical Terminology will get one bonus point in addition to the points for the grade earned.

Students transferring to EFSC must have their transcript evaluated by the Registrar's Office before the application deadline.

Observation/Shadow Experience

As a part of the application criteria, the Surgical Technology Services program requires students to participate in observing our current students. Students must complete a two-hour observation within our program's skills laboratory.

Observation dates for the March 15, 2023 application deadline are available in November 2022 and February 2023. View the RSVP form for available dates and to make your reservation. All observations will be held on the Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 127.

Failure to attend the observation/shadow experience after committing to a date may affect acceptance. If you cannot attend on the day you selected, please email the Program Manager, Constance Sanchez, to reschedule at

Observation attendance is mandatory, and no points will be awarded.


All applicants are required to submit a one-page essay by the application deadline.mTopic: "What is the role of a Surgical Technologist in the Operating Room?" No points will be awarded for the essay.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.