Surgical Technology Admission Requirements | CAHE

Surgical Technology

Become a Part of a Surgical Team


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older prior to orientation.
  • Hold at minimum an Associate’s Degree
  • Applicants must be in good mental and physical health, free from any physical handicaps which would interfere with their work. Ultimately, individuals must meet the Technical Standards for Admissions listed for each program (see below).
  • Applicants must have completed a recognized high school or equivalent. Individuals who attended an online high school, or who were homeschooled, should contact the Admissions Department to determine their eligibility to enroll.


This policy outlines the technical standards that each applicant/student must be able to accomplish.

Each applicant/student must be able to:

  • Maintain the physical functions needed to respond appropriately to a patient’s needs including: standing for long periods of time, holding retractors for long periods of time, twisting and bending at the waist, carrying and lifting heavy trays of instruments, pushing surgical carts and equipment, lifting heavy items, transferring patients to and from surgery, using fine motor skills and manual dexterity needed to operate surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment.
  • Maintain vision, hearing, and the appropriate ability to articulate the words necessary to observe and communicate effectively in surgery.
  • Exhibit meticulous attention to aseptic and sterile technique.
  • Demonstrate a technological intelligence to prepare surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  • Present the anticipatory ability necessary to understand the surgeon’s timely needs.
  • Demonstrate and apply the intellectual and emotional functions needed to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Any applicant who does not meet the technical standards as outlined above is ineligible for admission to the school.

Any student whose status changes while enrolled and no longer meets the technical standards at outlined above may not be allowed to continue to progress through the program.

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