Surgical Technology Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of a Surgical Technologist?

A Surgical Technologist is a member of the sterile team in the operating room.  The Surgical Technologist is knowledgeable of aseptic technique to perform the surgical hand scrub, don sterile attire, and create a sterile field for all sterile supplies and instruments that will be used to assist the surgeon for the duration of the surgical procedure.

What is the Surgical Technology Program like at Delgado Community College?

Delgado's Surgical Technology Program is a continuous 14-month Technical Certificate program which admits two classes (January and August) each year.  Graduates are qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting). The courses for the program are held at Delgado Charity Nursing Building located at 450 South Claiborne Avenue.

Is the program accredited?

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program was formally established in July 1990.  Prior to that time, the school operated under the name of Charity Hospital School of Surgical Technicians.

Is there a waiting list for admissions?

There is not a waiting list for admissions. We are a selective admission program and applicants are evaluated in the pool of which they have applied.  Any applicant who is not offered a position and would like to be reconsidered for the next admission class must re-apply.

How many students are accepted in each class?

The exact number of applicants is difficult to predict, but a maximum of 25 students may be selected for each class.

How do you apply for admission to the program?

All prospective students must contact the Allied Health Division to initiate the application process.  Applicants must complete the KAPLAN test and submit scores with the application packet. The deadline for the application is March 31 for the August class and October 31 for the January class.

KAPLAN test minimum score required – 70%.

Are uniforms required?

Students are required to meet a dress code for the duration of program, which include the wearing of surgical scrub top and pants.

Does the program offer online courses?


Can I transfer in courses to fulfill the required pre-requisites?

Official transcript(s) are required for each college or university attended other than Delgado.  If the transcript is for a college outside of Louisiana, you must also submit course descriptions to aide in evaluation of course equivalencies.  If college credits are older than 5 years you should contact the Allied Health Admissions Office for advising.

What skills or backgrounds is needed for Surgical Technology?

There is no specific background that ensures an individual will be successful in the Surgical Technology Program.  Strong math, medical terminology and science backgrounds and excellent psychomotor/hand-eye coordination, conceptualization, organization, concentration, and interpersonal skills are a must to learn and work as a Surgical Technologist.

How can I make myself more competitive in the applicant pool?

Applicants are encouraged to make informed decisions about this career and be able to communicate his/her knowledge of the field. In addition applications should maximize their academic performance (overall and pertinent GPA), select persons for references carefully and demonstrate motivation and maturity during the interview process.

What are the days and time of the program?

Classes and/or clinical education for the Surgical Technology program are held on weekdays, Monday – Friday and in daytime hours as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 4:00 .p.m.   

Can I repeat a course in the program if I fail?

Only one course may be repeated in the 14 month program.  Failure to pass a repeated course on the second attempt will result in failure of the program.

What hospitals is the program affiliated with in the metropolitan area?

The Surgical Technology program is affiliated with many clinical centers within the metropolitan area. Transportation to and from these facilities is necessary for students to obtain the required hands-on clinical experience to successfully complete the program.

May I maintain full time employment status while in the program?

The amount of time a student in the Surgical Technology program must spend in study, practice and attending clinical is significant. The faculty of the program cannot make accommodations for a student's work schedule. Most students find it difficult and impossible to maintain passing grades in their courses and maintain full-time employment at the same time. You should always see what works for you and inquire if you can possibly decrease your employment to part-time status.

Is there an attendance policy for the Surgical Technology courses?

Lecture, lab and clinical schedules are provided to the student prior to the beginning of each semester. Due to the intense nature of Surgical Technology education, missed didactic lecture and/or affiliate hospital clinical hours may affect a student's ability to complete the requirements of his/her course(s). Each course syllabus contains information regarding the attendance requirements for all aspects while in program.