Fall '24 application period:
May 1–June 28, 2024

Program Requirements

Current Immunization documentation*

  • Hepatitis B series
  • MMR two doses
  • Varicella two doses
  • Tdap (current within 10 years)

*Must be completed by application submission. Students will be responsible for getting their immunizations.

  • The following are to be completed once the student has been accepted into the ST program: 
    • Physical examination from a personal physician. The applicant must be in good physical and mental health.
    • Drug screen 
    • Flu vaccine is required annually. When submitting your immunization form it must contain the following information:
      • Lot Number
      • Manufacturer
      • Expiration Date
    • Meningitis immunization is required for all students under the age of 22 by Texas state law.


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all admission requirements to Texas State Technical College.
  • Submit official high school and college transcripts from previously attended schools to the office of admissions.
  • Applicants are required to take a placement test (TSI assessment) unless otherwise exempted. For information about exemptions or testing, contact the Admissions and Records office at 956-364-4319.
  • Students must have a Social Security number to obtain employment and admission into the program.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
  • Completed financial aid application. Complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) for a Pell Grant and other financial aid. You must contact the financial aid office for more information on other grants, scholarships, student loans or sponsoring agencies such as WIA or DARS. Veterans should contact a VA officer on their local campus.


Steps to Apply

HESI Test Dates


How to schedule your exam (PDF)

Information Sessions

Students interested in learning more about the Surgical Technology program should attend an information session to meet with a Surgical Technology program advisor. Students can choose to attend an information session either in-person or online.

All information sessions will be held at 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 7
  • March 21
  • April 11
  • April 25
All information sessions will be held in-person at the Lucio Allied Health Technologies building (Room 202) and online via WebEx.

For virtual meetings, please use the following information to log on to the meeting. You will have to download Cisco WebEx to your computer or device in order to gain access to the meeting. If you have difficulties with signing on please feel free to contact Yolanda Ramirez at 956-364-4810.

Meeting link:

Meeting number: 2620 249 9117
Password: y2Pc4twJpJ3

Join by video system
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.
For internal TSTC users, dial #8 followed by the 9-digit meeting number and tap “Call” or “Dial”. If you are the host, enter your PIN when prompted, followed by the #.

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0003 US Toll
Access code: 2620 249 9117

Surgical Technology Spotlight

February 13, 2023
Robotic surgical training sharpens TSTC students’ skills
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College Surgical Technology students recently engaged in a one-day hands-on training session with the da Vinci Xi surgical system provided by medical company Intuitive Surgical Inc. It is the second year that TSTC’s Surgical Technology program and Intuitive have collaborated to immerse students in cutting-edge technology to prepare...
December 5, 2022
Father’s surgery inspires De La Pena to enroll in TSTC’s Surgical Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – To fathom the idea that a family member will undergo a much-needed surgery can be a disheartening reality. Elisa De La Pena, of Weslaco, remembered the day her father required surgery at an area hospital. That memory would influence her decision to enroll in the Surgical Technology program at Texas State Technical...
July 30, 2021
New simulation equipment allows TSTC Surgical Technology students to get hands-on with emerging technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Surgical Technology instructor Yolanda Ramirez maneuvers her laparoscope carefully within a virtual patient’s gallbladder. Her mission? To find four gallstones as quickly and smoothly as possible.  When she completes the exercise, Ramirez discovers that though she located all the specimens, her scope work needs some improvement. “I’m moving...
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