Health Sciences Application Process
Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program. ALL Health Sciences program applicants must:
- Enroll in ACC and begin taking relevant program prerequisites
- Follow the admission steps for the Health Sciences program you prefer.
- Collect the required documentation and/or complete all immunizations before applying for program admission.
- Submit your program application.
New Admission Criteria for ALL students admitted effective Fall 2017 and after
Surgical Technology Program Application Steps
Applications for this program are accepted on an on-going basis once all admission requirements have been met. Admission is based on application date; the date students have their application accepted and processed by the Health Science Information and Admissions office. We admit 24 for the Fall (16 for the Eastview Campus and 8 for the Round Rock Campus). Spring admission is 16 students for Eastview only.
Apply to ACC.
Fulfill all immunization requirements (some immunizations can take six months to complete). Immunizations must be submitted on the ACC Immunization Form and uploaded to your CastleBranch (formerly known as Certified Profile) account. Use code UL64im ($30 fee) .
Complete a mandatory Information Session for Surgical Technology online. Upload a copy of the verification page to your CastleBranch (formerly known as Certified Profile) account. Use code UL83im.
The following 6 prerequisites must be complete before an application will be accepted. Effective for students admitted Fall 2017 and after:
- BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (must be current within 5 years of application date)
- BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II (must be current within 5 years of application date)*
- BIOL 2420 Introduction to Microbiology (must be current within 5 years of application date)*
- HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology
- HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions*
- Any college level MATH course except MATH 1333.
*Note that BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420 and HPRS 2300 all have BIOL 2401 as a prerequisite.
Due to the rigorous nature of the program, you are strongly encouraged to complete the following corequisites before entering the AAS program.
- ENGL 1301 English Composition I (not required if applying to the Certificate Program)
- PHIL 2306 Ethics or 3-credit hour course from the Language, Philosophy, Culture or Creative Arts Core Curriculum selections (not required if applying to the Certificate Program).
- PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology (not required if applying to the Certificate Program).
Students must complete the six (6) prerequisites with a “C” or better and meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.7 to be eligible for admission to the Surgical Technology Program.
Complete a TEAS exam (formerly called the TEAS V or HOBET V exam) and submit score report through your CastleBranch (formerly Certified Profile) account. Use code UL83im.
- Test must be within 2 years of the date you submit your application.
- The test may be taken 3 times.
- This test will assess reading, mathematics, science and English language usage. For more information on the TEAS and how to schedule it, please visit here.
- There is no minimum score that is required.
- Study Guides
Listed below are resources to aid the prospective student to prepare for the TEAS Allied Health examination.
- ATI Study Guide (please note, this resource has a charge)
- Learning Express Library
IMPORTANT NOTE: The TEAS V test is transitioning to the ATI TEAS on 8/31/2016. If taking the test on or after August 31, 2016, you may want to use the sixth edition ATI TEAS study manual that can be purchased on the ATI online store. The updates to the test are reflected n the sixth edition study manual and the new practice tests.
Prior to submitting your application, please upload the following documents to your CastleBranch (formerly known as Certified Profile) account.
- Information Session Verification Form (Post Test)
- TEAS Test score page
Print and fill out a Surgical Technology program application. Submit to a Health Sciences office at Eastview or Round Rock once all documents are approved in CastleBranch (formerly known as Certified Profile) account. Include an unofficial copy of transcripts from other schools with your application.
Students who have successfully completed these steps will be placed in the next beginning class in which openings are available. The department is limited by available clinical spaces to approximately 16 students per semester.
Students interested in the Surgical Technology program are advised to be diligent and proactive in routinely reviewing this website for updates to the application process and/or degree plans.
These steps apply to ALL students admitted to the Surgical Technology program Fall 2017 and after. This includes students who have already submitted an application.
A student may defer their admission for a limit of 2 semesters and the deferral must be within 1 year. Once the 2 semester limit is reached, the student must reapply with a new application, must meet all current admission criteria, and be assigned to the next available seat on the wait list.
Fall 2015 admission deferred to Spring 2016 semester = 1st deferral
Spring 2016 semester deferred to Fall 2016 semester = 2nd deferral (limit reached)
Fall 2015 admission deferred to Fall 2016 semester = 1st deferral
Fall 2016 semester deferred to Fall 2017 semester = 2nd deferral (limit reached)
Important Note: In the event your Anatomy & Physiology and/or Microbiology course(s) expire under the 5-year time limit rule during your deferral period, you will need to repeat the expired course(s) prior to being admitted under the deferral policy.
Upon Conditional Acceptance to the Surgical Technology Program:
- To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory criminal background check will be required prior to admission to the Surgical Technology Program. As specific timeslines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.
- To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory drug screen is required for clinical rotations. As specific timelines must be met, do not do this until instructed by the Program.
- To be compliant with clinical facility requirements, health insurance is mandatory for clinical rotations and is required for full admission to a Surgical Technology Program. As specific timeines must be met, do not submit documentation of health insurance until instructed by the Program.
If you have concerns about events in your background, please contact the Health Science Compliance Coordinator, Lisa Enloe, at 512-223-5867 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org