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Admission Requirements

Before an application to the program can be considered, the student must have the following requirements:

  1. An overall cumulative average of 2.6, 77, or C+ or higher from the student’s most recent high school or college experience.
  2. A high school diploma or equivalent.
  3. Successful completion of one year of high school mathematics (Math A or Algebra is recommended) or equivalent.
  4. Successful completion of one year of high school chemistry, or CHE 151 (preferred with no lab required) at Onondaga or General Chemistry equivalent.
  5. Successful completion of one year of high school biology, or BIO 151 or BIO 152 or BIO 121 (preferred) at Onondaga.
  6. A grade of 77 or C+ or better in high school or college courses used to meet prerequisites.
  7. Successful completion of placement tests demonstrating placement into MAT 114, this must be done at Onondaga within two years prior to matriculation into the Surgical Technology curriculum as determined by Onondaga mathematics placement test or equivalent coursework. Must also place into ENG 103 level and RDG 153 level.
  8. All students participating in clinical or laboratory courses must be able to perform all of the “Essential Skills” as outlined in this catalog.
  9. All students must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

A competitive process is used for admission to the Surgical Technology Certificate program, with points assigned to specific criteria. Admission will be offered to qualified students in ranked order from highest to lowest, beginning at the review deadlines until all spaces are full. Curriculum changes must be initiated by the student at Student Central.

Ranking points will be awarded for:

  1. Most recent cumulative G.P.A. 
  2. Courses taken within the last three years of education that meet the grade requirement (science, mathematics, English), especially for good grades in Anatomy and Physiology I & II.
  3. Previous certification in the health care field (EMT, CAN, LPN, ATC, massage therapy, etc.) with documentation.
  4. New review if student met prerequisites at previous admission cycle but the program was full (student must have reapplied to the program for each new admission cycle).
  5. Completion of the TEAS exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Application deadlines for prerequisites complete with supporting documentation for fall admission:

  1. March 1st; first review 
  2. May 1st; second review*

*These reviews will only be used if there were insufficient applicants at the time of the first review. All applicants are dependent on maintenance of required GPA between the time of admission into the program and the start of the program in the fall.


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Effective 1/1/2015, any person practicing a surgical Technologist must have:

  1. Graduated from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited program, or
  2. Completed a military surgical technology program, or
  3. Meet the grandfathered requirements.

A student has one year to successfully pass the National Certification exam following completion of an accredited program.

Good Moral Character: An individual’s eligibility for certification may be affected by an existing criminal record. It is the individual responsibility of the student to confirm their eligibility for certification.