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Surgical Technology Admission Policies

Surgical Technology Program (Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium)

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. A surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The Surgical Technology program is co-sponsored by Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges through the Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium. The program consists of five semesters of full-time study which includes lecture classes held at the Oak Ridge Campus via distance delivery from Walters State Community College Sevierville campus and supervised clinical coursework in an operating room. Labs are conducted on the Oak Ridge campus.

Applicants for the program may begin working on the general education courses at any time. The professional courses must be taken in sequence and are offered only at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus except for the clinical courses. The program is affiliated with several area hospitals and each student will be assigned to a variety of clinical sites during the two years of clinical coursework. Clinical experiences may include evening rotations.

Admission Policies

Due to limited enrollment, there are special admission policies for the Surgical Technology Program.

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the Roane State Community College (RSCC) admissions process to become an admitted student, be at least 18 years old by the end of spring semester of the year petitioning for admission AND
  2. Must meet one of the following minimum academic requirements:
    1. Students under 21 years of age must attain a composite score of 19 or above on the ACT taken within the last 3 years OR attain a GPA of 2.50 or better after completion of at least 8 semester hours of general education courses required in the selected degree program and an overall GPA of 2.0 prior to the published application deadline. The completed courses must be required in the Surgical Technology program and include BIOL 2010 and 2020.
    2. Students 21 years of age or older must attain a GPA of 2.50 or better after completion of at least 8 hours of general education courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 prior to the published application deadline. The completed courses must be required in the Surgical Technology program and include BIOL 2010 and 2020.
  3. Meet the following admission requirements
    1. Satisfy all learning support competencies prior to acceptance into the Surgical Technology program.
    2. Complete an interview to be considered for admission to the program. The top candidates will be selected for an interview based on the admission criteria point system.
    3.  Be able to physically meet the demands of the job as defined by the discipline, available industry standards and the public’s expectations.
  4. The applicant must complete the electronic Application by the published program deadline (see Surgical Technology information on the RSCC website). Go to RaiderNet and click on "Apply for a Health Science Program".
  5. The Program Director/Clinical Coordinator will complete a list of recommended candidates for admission to their program indicating that all of the general and program admission criteria and required documents have been verified.
  6. Final selection of students will be made by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee.
  7. Admission to the degree program is required prior to enrolling in Surgical Technology discipline-specific courses.
  8. Students will be notified electronically via RaiderNet email of acceptance to the Surg Tech degree program. Students must acknowledge their acceptance via reply email by the designated response date stated in the acceptance email.

All students meeting minimum criteria will be considered competitively, MEETING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks and drug screening are a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in healthcare related programs. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of the program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude certification with licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.

Health Guidelines

Complete required physical exam/health verification prior to enrollment. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.

Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies including current AHA CPR for healthcare provider. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled.

Program Application Deadline

In order for applicants to have priority consideration for entrance for the following fall semester, applications should be submitted by the published application deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Any applications received after the published application deadline may be considered by the Program Director on a space available basis. It is the student’s responsibility to assure that all records and documentation are received by the appropriate department by the published application deadline.

Conditional Admission

Students that do not meet minimum requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance status on a space-available basis.

Retention Policies

A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from his/her respective program.

  1. A grade of “C” or better in each specialty course.
  2. Completion of specialty courses as specified by the degree checklist.
  3. Evidence of malpractice insurance and physical examination prior to clinical training.
  4. Be physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program as defined in each program’s Core Performance Standards.

The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Nursing and the Assistant VP/Dean of Students.

Readmission Procedures

  1. Students applying for readmission must meet all admissions criteria for the selected degree program.
  2. The applicant must submit a readmission request in writing to the Program Director at least thirty (30) days prior to enrollment. The request must be a detailed personal reflection of the reason(s) for the unsuccessful performance and a plan of correction.
  3. One (1) readmission to the Surg Tech degree program will be permitted
  4. The applicant applying for readmission may be required to interview with the Program Director and other program faculty, if applicable, before the review date by the Surg Tech Admissions Committee. Interview requirements are listed on the program webpage.
  5. An acceptable level of discipline-specific competency may need to be demonstrated prior to readmission. A student with previous unsatisfactory clinical performance must be recommended for readmission by consensus of the program faculty.
    Note: The Program Director will verify that all readmission documents including
    licensure/credentials are current and valid.
  6. Readmission is contingent upon the availability of space.
  7. Students who are dismissed for reasons associated with academic misconduct or code of ethics violations will not be considered for readmission.

Meeting Minimum Requirements Does Not Guarantee Acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Successful admission and completion of The Smoky Mountain Consortium Surgical Technology program does not guarantee state or national licensure or registration to practice as there may be additional state/national criteria required for attainment of various allied health licenses/certifications.

For additional information, review the Surgical Technology Web page.

The Smoky Mountain Health Sciences Consortium is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (CAAHEP). Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

This first group of classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.



Composition I




Fund. of Speech Communication




MATH 1530 or higher




Human Anatomy and Physiology I **




Human Anatomy and Physiology II **




Microbiology **




General Psychology OR




Lifespan Psychology




Intro to Health-related Professions1




Humanities Elective


*Course must be taken and completed with a grade of "C" or better before an applicant will be considered for admission to the program.
**Science courses more than 10 years old by the application deadline will not be considered.

Courses to be taken upon official acceptance to the program:

First Year




Medical Terminology1




Orientation to Surgical Technology




Surgical Technology and Pharmacology




Surgical Tech & Patient Care I




Surgical Tech & Patient Care Lab I




Surgical Micro and Asepsis




Surgical Tech and Patient Care II




Surgical Tech and Patient Care Lab II




Clinical Practicum




First Year Total


Second Year




Surgical Procedures I




Clinical Practicum II




Surgical Procedures II




Clinical Practicum III




Second Year Total






1 An open enrollment course available to any student interested in a healthcare profession.

Program Deadline is published on the RSCC website

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Surgical Technology Advisors. This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. It is not designed for students who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

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