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

SRT steps e1711992284847 - Surgical Technology Requirements

Please note, the criminal background check link will be provided to applicants once their program application has been received.

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.

Admission to the Surgical Technology Program 

Admission to the Surgical Technology Program will be based upon prior academic performance, related experience, complete application packet, and scores on placement exams. The following describes the criteria applicants must meet in order to apply to the Surgical Technology Program:

  • Be complete with semester 1 of the Surgical Technology degree plan before applying to the program. 
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.0 Grade Point Average and have a minimum of a “C” or better in academic courses to be accepted.
  • Have a Social Security Number to obtain employment and admission into the program.
  • Accepted students must be able to complete the minimum 120 clinical cases requirement to graduate.
  • Meeting all the requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Please review the Surgical Technology presentation and Program Information Packet.
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.

All information session will be held at 3:00pm at the Lucio Allied Health Technologies building (Room 202) on the following dates:

  • May 9
  • May 23
  • June 13
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 25
  • August 8
  • August 22
HESI Test Dates

HESI/CRT A2 SRGT Test Dates:
1st Attempt
May 6 at 10 a.m.
May 15 at 10 a.m.
May 31 at 10 a.m.
June 6 at 9 a.m.
June 24 at 10 a.m.

2nd Attempt
June 11 at 9 a.m.
June 18 at 9 a.m.
June 28 at 8:30 a.m.

How to schedule your exam (PDF)

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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