Surgical Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College’s Surgical Technology Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to the global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.


1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Surgical Technology program will complete clinical hours in an online format until the program can gain access to the clinical sites.  Once students are permitted to continue their clinical education at our affiliated clinical sites, students will complete clinical education to acquire the 120 mandatory surgical procedure competencies.   

2) How will I do my skills check-off’s this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Surgical Technology program is proudly accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), which is in collaboration with the Accreditation Review Council in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).  In keeping with accreditation compliance, the program must: 

  • Complete final skill competencies that are to be graded in the live lab setting with the instructor or program director in person. 
  • Complete minimum requirements of 120 clinical cases as stated in the Surgical Technology Core Curriculum (6e) of which may not be reduced and simulation cannot be substituted to meet the Standard requirements.

The program will complete the lab and clinical hours in a face-to-face format per ARC/STSA recommendation.  Skills check-offs will be completed on campus in small groups over summer.  Surgical procedure competencies will be completed in the clinical setting, as soon as the program is permitted to attend clinicals in a clinical setting.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete at the semester?

The St. Philip’s College Surgical Technology program will assign a grade that reflective of the assignments given in the clinical course through May 14, 2020.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

No, students in the Surgical Technology program will not able to petition grades for credit/non-credit.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

At this time, summer courses will be offered in a remote manner for didactic, lab, and clinicals.  Students will resume clinical education in the clinical setting when the program is permitted to do so by our clinical affiliates.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact the Interim Program Director, Maria “Hilda” Arenas via email or office phone. The email address is  The phone number is 210-486-2694.


1) Are applications still being accepted?

Currently, applications for the Surgical Technology program are being accepted for the Fall 2020 start. The applications are due by July 30, 2020, no later than 4:00 pm.  Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage:

Please click on the + to open the section and click on the Apply Now button for the application.

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

If you do not have your TEAS scores yet, please submit evidence that the assessment was completed with the date and location the exam was administered.

3) What if I am missing components of the application due to COVID related reasons?

It is important that we receive the application by the July 30th deadline. If you are missing components due to COVID related reasons or if you are waiting on a grade to be posted, please note that in the application.

4) When will interviews be conducted?

Interviews will be conducted after the July 30th deadline.

5) Can I send electronic transcripts?

You can send your electronic transcripts to the email: and

6) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Students accepted to the Surgical Technology program will be contacted via their SPC student email accounts. No acceptance letters will be emailed to an applicant’s personal email address. Please make sure the information you provide is current and legible.

There is a time limit to accept. If the department receives no response from the student, the department will take that as declination and will move on to another applicant.

7) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

All questions related to the Surgical Technology program should be directed to the following personnel:

Maria “Hilda” Arenas
Interim-Program Director
Surgical Technology Program
St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203
Direct: (210) 486-2694|Alt: (210) 997- 0223

What is the Surgical Technology program?

Surgical Technology will prepare students for the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies, and solutions. Upon completion of the Surgical Technology Program, you will be qualified to assist the surgical team during surgery.

What I will learn?

A surgical technologist may work as a surgical scrub person, passing instruments and surgical supplies to the surgeon, assist the RN circulating during the surgical procedure, or other areas within the operating room department. During your training, you will learn theory, surgical procedures, instrumentation, aseptic technique, and surgical equipment and supplies. Through a clinical education course, you will receive valuable clinical experience in the operating suite of a local hospital. The program's goal is to prepare competent entry-level Surgical Technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.  Upon completing your course work, you will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination.

What can I do with this course of study?

Surgical Technologist


What's special about the program?

The Surgical Technology Program is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree program starting in the fall semester. The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Program Outcomes Exam Trend Summary 8/1/2015 to 7/31/2018

Program Accreditation and Licensure

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP awards accreditation to Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistant programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).  

The NBSTSA, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, is the credentialing agency for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. This agency is a nationally recognized credentialing agency for both surgical specialties.

In the State of Texas, the national certification exam is the mandatory credential. To be eligible to take the National Certification examination a student must graduate from a CAAHEP accredited program. 

See National Board of Surgical Technology and Assisting or Association of Surgical Technologists for details. See also CAAHEP for further information or contact CAAHEP at 25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763 or phone at 727-210-2350 or by email at

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Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

Students desiring to specialize in Surgical Technology must meet all previous admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Surgical Technology Program. These include the following:

  • St. Philip's College Admissions
  • Surgical Technology Program Admission Requirement
  • Proof of Immunizations prior to clinical (mid September)
    • Tuberculosis (TB) PPD current year of application
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Diphtheria, Tetanus within 10 years
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Current flu shot
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screening Test
  • CPR Certification (AHA ONLY)

Prerequisite Requirements:

All students must also meet the following prerequisites by the start of the program with a grade of C or better.

Semester I (Prerequisites)
ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I

Semester II (Prerequisites)

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 
BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology 
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Allied Health Majors

The student applying to the Surgical Technology Program must complete an application form and be available for interview by the faculty. Criteria for selection is based on interview, application, essay, completed prerequisites, corequisites and GPA. Please see the Student Technical Standards listed below.

Applications are only being accepted for the fall program during the prior spring semester. Deadline for applications is July 1st.

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Application and Selection Process

Refer to the admission section above for information on the selection process. The application deadline is July 1st of every year.

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Information Sessions

If you're interested in applying to the Surgical Technology Program at St. Philip's College, an information session is going to be held to provide you with an overview of the career of being a surgical technologist as well as information specifically about the program. Certificate of attendance will be provided. Information sessions will be 1 hour each. You only need to attend one (1) session. Check our college events calendar for Information Sessions.

Contact Information

Interim Program Director/Clinical Coordinator
M. Hilda Arenas, CSFA, CST, LVN
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330D