Education & Research

Application and Admission

All on-line applications are acknowledged and information regarding the Surgical Technology Program is forwarded to the applicants as soon as possible.

Application Steps

  1. Applications may be submitted online from the website:
  2. When filing an application, all applicants pay a non-refundable fee of $20 to defray processing expenses.
  3. After receipt of application fee, instructions will be sent, by email, to the applicant. The instructions indicate the items necessary to complete the admissions review file.
  4. All applicants that have completed the admission review file must participate in an interview and career shadow opportunity in the operating room. St. Luke’s University Health Network requirements to observe in the operating room will be communicated to applicant and must be completed in order to participate in the career shadow opportunity.
  5. Due to small class size, once positions have been filled you may be considered for future start dates.

Questions about the application process can be answered by contacting the program director at the following email address:


Application Review Checklist

All items listed below must be received before admission consideration.  Application deadlines for the next available program are communicated.  Application packets not completed before published deadlines will not be considered.

  • Completed online application.
  • Completed hand-written application.
  • Non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • Official high school transcript and/or GED.GED scores and/or diploma and an official high school transcript up to and including the last year attended are required for admission. Applicants are notified if additional course information is required.
  • Official college transcripts (past and current).Applicants are notified if additional course information is required.
  • Two professional references (family, friends, and coworkers not acceptable) Suggestions are current teachers and/or employers.If an applicant has attended another surgical technology program, one reference must be from a surgical technology instructor or program director, using the provided recommendation form.
  • If applicable, report from TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language).TOEFL may be required for applicants who are non-native speakers of English to measure their ability to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard.


Foreign-Educated Applicant Credentials

Foreign-educated applicants are required to meet all admission criteria.  The Surgical Technology Program is not approved to issue or accept student visas.  Applicants must show proof of permanent residency or working status. Applicants who have completed their secondary education in a foreign country are required to submit a transcript of the completed course work.  Transcripts must be translated into English, notarized and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service.

NOTE: Applicants are responsible for obtaining and forwarding all secondary and post-secondary transcripts to the Admissions Office.  Attendance at all institutions must be reported at the time of application.  Failure to indicate at the time of application that applicants have taken courses at other institutions or any other misrepresentations or material omissions of facts in applications results in denials or revocation of admissions.


Admission Decisions

After receipt of all items in the checklist, and completion of the interview and career shadow opportunity the applicant will be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and preference is given to the highest qualified applicants who excel in the admission criteria. Scholastic aptitude, academic achievements, previous healthcare experience, personal qualities, and physical and emotional health necessary to fulfill the outcomes of the program are considered.  As deemed appropriate, the Surgical Technology Program reserves the right to waive certain admission requirements after reviewing individual profiles.

Upon acceptance, letters of notification are sent to the applicants. Included with the letter of acceptance are applicable registration forms.  Accepted students are instructed to return the completed forms and submit a non-refundable registration fee of $100, due by the indicated deadline. The non-refundable registration fee is applied to tuition costs. 

All applicants receive notification of the admission decisions.


Post-Acceptance, Pre-admission Requirements

Admitted students receive a checklist of requirements to complete by stated deadlines.  Instructions will be provided for completing all admission requirements. The following are required:

1.   Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Original required)

2.   Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Original required)

3.   Federal (FBI) Criminal Record Check (Original required)

4.   New Jersey Criminal Background Checks      

4.   CPR certification (copy) – must be BLS for Healthcare Providers from American Heart Association

5.   Physical examination and immunizations records

6.   Copy of current driver’s license or government issued I.D. card

7.   Copy of current health insurance card

8.   Student Health Records Release

9.   Copy of declarations page of Student Malpractice Insurance

10. Substance abuse screening

11. Complete the St. Luke's University Health Network Online Orientation for Allied Health Interns


Failure to comply with published deadlines may result in revocation of program acceptance.

Instructions for completing the background checks are provided in the admissions packet.  Offers of admission may be delayed or withdrawn at the sole discretion of the Surgical Technology Program based on the outcome of any background checks.  The Surgical Technology Program also may require candidates to supply additional information in connection with this background checking process.


Certification Considerations

Admission to the Surgical Technology Program does not guarantee an applicant certification in the surgical technology profession.  The Surgical Technology Program will provide all qualified students the opportunity to take the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting may refuse, suspend or revoke any certification as per their published policies.

Refer to the following organizations for current certification/licensure/and professional practice requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements needed to practice at different facilities and in different locations.