Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the surgical technology program?

The program is 10 months in length.

How many students are in each class?

The class capacity is 16 students.

Can out of state students apply and be accepted?


When can I come for a tour of the campus?

A good time to come to the campus and learn about the program is to attend an open house.  The open houses are scheduled during the months of March and April each year.

Can I work while going to school?

We recommend that students not work if at all possible, but if they must work, limit the number of hours worked per week to around 20 hours.

What hours will I be in attendance at school while enrolled in the surgical technology program?

We advise students that the schedule may be 8:00 to 5:00 on some days, and to therefore, not schedule other activities.

What is the deadline for admission applications?

Applications are no longer being accepted at UAMS.

When do classes begin?

Students are admitted once a year for the fall semester, and classes begin in August.

Is it “hard” to get accepted into the surgical technology program?

Admission to the program is competitive with the advantage going to those students with higher cumulative and prerequisite GPAs.

Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?

Yes, it is a requirement for admission.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (telephone 501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.

Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?

No, at the time of application (deadline: June 1), all prerequisite course work does not have to be completed.  The program requires 36 SC (semester credits) of prerequisite course work to be completed prior to enrolling in the surgical technology program.

If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter surgical technology?

Certainly not. Student ages in the program range from 20 to 50.

Are surgical technologists at risk for Infectious diseases?

Surgical technologists are at no greater risk than any other health care professional. Policies and procedures for immunization, testing, and post-exposure incidents have been developed to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and extramural site recommendations or policies. Surgical Technology students, in the course of their clinical responsibilities, have exposure to blood, blood products, tissue, secretions, or body fluids of patients potentially containing hepatitis B (HBV) and are at risk for HBV as well as other infectious diseases.