Admission to the Program
To enter the program you must be admitted to Gadsden State Community College. There is no application to the program. You must take the Compass Placement Exam and be eligible for MTH 116 (Math Applications).
Admission to the Surgical Technology Program is competitive, and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available.
The student entering and participating in the Surgical/Operating Room Technician must
be able to stand for prolonged periods of time
- be able to work in a limited space
- be able to perform under pressure in a stressful or emergency situation
- be oriented to reality and not be mentally impaired by mind-altering substances
- hear high and low frequency sounds within normal range with or without corrective devices
- possess the visual acuity to read, write, and assess the patient and the environment with or without corrective lens
- be able to position and transfer patients with assistance as needed
- be able to reach and position overhead equipment as needed during surgical procedures
- be able to read, comprehend and write legibly in the English language
- be able to send, receive and respond appropriately to verbal messages
- possess manual dexterity and tactile ability
- be able to smell body and environmental odors
- be able to correctly perform simple mathematical computations
- possess organizational skills
- be able to lift and transport 25 pounds
Drug Screens, Background Checks & CPR
Healthcare agencies have the same requirements of students as they do of their employees, therefore, drug screenings, background checks and CPR will be done at the student’s expense. Do not have a background check or drug screen done until you are notified by the instructor.
Students enrolling in a health science program must provide Gadsden State Community College with the required health care data after admission to the program. Clinical agencies mandate that students provide information regarding their current health status (annual physical and essential function) that may affect the safety of the student or the client in the clinical settings. Various immunizations are required and are subject to change depending on the health care agency requirements.
Clinical requirements must be kept current throughout the students’ tenure in the program. Clinical documents such as Tb skins test, CPR and flu shots must not expire during the semester.
The Health Sciences Division must verify that all students have up-to-date immunizations. Students who do not have documentation of immunization must have blood drawn for titer to see if they are immune.
Due to contractual agreements with various clinical agencies, currently enrolled students may be required to obtain the seasonal flu shots as a clinical requirement.
Students in the Health Sciences must demonstrate proof of health insurance. Students without proof of health insurance will not be allowed to attend clinical.