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Surgical Technology

The mission of the ECC Surgical Technology Program is to prepare its graduates as entry-level surgical technologists that are knowledgeable, skilled, and have developed the essential behaviors of the profession. This preparation will occur in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

To accomplish this mission, the graduate of the ECC surgical technology program will realize the following goals:

  • Maintain a “surgical conscience” and accountability for personal actions (affective).
  • Apply knowledge of the biologic sciences, pharmacology and biomedical technology to their role in the operating room (cognitive).
  • Demonstrate and value the learning and skills that are required for safe practice in the operating room (psychomotor).
  • Communicate effectively with team members, patients, and families (psychomotor).
  • Assume responsibility as a member of the profession of surgical technology through maintenance of established standards of practice, professional ethics, and ongoing self-evaluation (affective).

Elgin Community College's pass rate on the NBSTSA surgical technology certification exam during the latest reporting period was 82%.

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.

Admissions Procedures

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program is a 3 semester, limited enrollment program which admits 24 students each January. All candidates are evaluated using a specialized admission procedure.  Students must submit admission materials and meet admission requirements before the application is considered for review. The deadline for submission of application materials is September 1 for January admission.


  • Apply with ECC
  • Pay $10 health professions application fee. Get details
  • All candidates must submit all official transcripts from other colleges/universities attended.
  • Complete and submit health professions application
  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam. More»
  • A grade of C or better in BIO 110 or its equivalent or a grade of C or better in BIO 240 or BIO 245/BIO 246 or their equivalent.


Screening Process

To be considered for admission to the Surgical Technology program students must earn a:

  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB/HOA exam.
  • Grade of C or better in BIO 110* or equivalent.

Note: Students who have earned a grade of C or better in BIO 240 or BIO 245/BIO 246 are not required to complete BIO 110 and will be ranked first in the screening process.

Ranking Criteria

  • Individual PSB/HOA section percentiles are averaged together to determine a single score. BIO240 or BIO245/BIO246 (or equivalent) letter grades are given the following point values:
    • A = 24 points
    • B = 16 points
    • C = 8 points
  • Then those students who have only completed BIO110 (or equivalent) will be given points based on their letter grade:
    • A = 20 points
    • B = 12 points
    • C = 6 points
  • Accepted students will be notified by letter October 1.

Note: These points are added to the single PSB/HOA averaged score. This total score is then ranked with all applicants, highest to lowest.

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