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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 who meet with a Health Science Advisor during the semester they are applying will be awarded 5 points.  Students must turn in their Advising point sheet with their application materials in order to receive points.

Specific College Course Work

Only college-credit courses completed with a grade of "C" or better can be used.

Completion of all the required A.S. degree general education courses (below) will result in 10 bonus points. Applicants will not earn any points for this section if all five classes are not completed by the application deadline.

  • Speech
  • Composition 1
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • General Psychology
  • Humanities Requirement

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.


Applicants should submit a one-page, typed essay with the topic "Explain what is the role of a Surgical Technologist in the Operating Room."

Observation/Shadow Experience

As a part of the application criteria, the Surgical Technology Services program encourages students to participate in observing our current students. Students will receive 10 points for completing one two-hour observation day within our program's skills laboratory.

Observation days are on November 12, 2020, February 9, 2021, and March 8, 2021 from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM. All observations will be held on the Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 127.  

All observational/shadowing assignments must be arranged through Eastern Florida State College’s Surgical Technology Services program. Please contact Constance Sanchez at to reserve your observation time.

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.

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.