The Surgical Technologist program uses a competitive admissions process. The petition process is how you gain acceptance into the core classes for this health program.

Petitioning happens only during specific times during the year, but applications are accepted for programs with petition requirements at any time. When you are ready to get started in program specific courses and have met petition eligibility requirements, you will submit a petition and follow the process for your program to determine admittance to program classes.

Petition Pre-Requisites

To be eligible to petition, you must be enrolled in or have completed any petition prerequisites for your program.

  • Medical Terminology
  • General Anatomy & Physiology or Body, Structure & Function
  • Pre-Petition Surgical Technologist Course: Within the course you will learn about the required entrance exam and/or other pre-requisites to petition for your chosen health program. The course contains information about clinical requirements including background checks and health requirements. You will gain knowledge and learn of the rigor of the program-specific classes, clinical requirements, and expected outside study time, and tips on how to be successful. Each health program will have functional abilities (ability to perform basic activities and tasks expected in the career basic skills required for success in program) for you to review. Learn of assessment procedures for courses and grade requirements for success. And gain career expectations of your program and future profession, including an overview of the work environment. This course will next be available beginning January 27, 2021.

Preparing to Petition

Optional Scores: Once you submit your petition, you will take the HESI A2 Exam for program entrance. You can earn additional points that will be included in your final petition score by completing the following:

  1. Coursework: Applied Microbiology and/or Oral/Interpersonal Communication
  2. Previous degree completion

Ready to Petition?

The petition process happens each spring. To begin the process you will need to complete the online form. The online form will only be available on this page during the times listed below. 

  • Next petition form available:  Monday, February 22 – Friday, March 5, 2021
  • HESI A2 Exam: Week of Monday, April 5 – Saturday, April 8, 2021. More details will be provided as virtual proctoring is finalized.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your form submission and make sure you meet all of the petition requirements. Then we will calculate your final petition score. Students will be mailed a letter outlining admission status and next steps.

Petition Score Calculation

HESI Composite Score + Optional Course Score + Optional Degree Score = Final Petition Score


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