SGT: How to Apply

If you are a new student to LLCC, visit our Earning a Credit Degree of Certificate page first to learn more about these general steps to enrollment.

If you are a current or returning student, proceed to the next steps listed below.

Sixteen students are accepted each fall semester.

This checklist does not guarantee admission into the program. It is to be used for guiding purposes only and to assist students in determining if they are ready to apply to the program.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify LLCC Admission/Records/Registration when requirements have been met.

Admission and program requirements are subject to change.

  1. High school transcripts with proof of graduation or GED certificate on file in LLCC Admission/Records/Registration.
  2. Attend an information session given by the surgical technology director, or complete the online information session.
  3. ACT composite of 19 or higher, or SAT total score of 980, or achieve an overall score of proficient on the TEAS test. ACT/SAT/TEAS waived if student has bachelor's degree or higher.
  4. Demonstrate placement out of MAT 082.
  5. Demonstrate placement into EGL 101.
  6. Complete HLT 109 (medical terminology) with a grade of "C" or better before admission.
  7. GPA of 2.5 or better for all previous college courses.
  8. Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended evaluated by LLCC Admission/Records/Registration. Students who do not or delay doing this may jeopardize their ability to apply to, be accepted to or remain enrolled in a health professions program at LLCC.
  9. Submit the surgical technology application with the assistance of an LLCC student success coach.

Program-specific courses required

General education courses

Students do not need to complete these courses prior to entering the program. It is encouraged that students enroll in these courses if they are on the admission list and waiting to start the program in order to lighten their course load within the program.

  • EGL 101 Composition I
  • BIO 175 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • BIO 176 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • BIO 220 Microbiology*
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • CMN 101 Public Speaking Fundamentals

*Students must be eligible to take BIO 175 or must have taken BIO 175 within the past five years with a "C" or better in order to enter the program. To be eligible, a student is required to have completed one of the following in the past five years: one year of high school biology with a grade of "B" or higher, or have taken BIO 101 with a grade of "C" or higher, or received a passing score on the BIO 175 prerequisite waiver exam.

All previous science courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" within five years of application date.

Surgical technology courses

Once students begin the program, it is five semesters in length (beginning in August, graduating in May).

  • SGT 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • SGT 105 Principles of Asepsis
  • SGT 108 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist
  • SGT 112 Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology
  • SGT 202 Surgical Procedures II
  • SGT 203 Clinical Internship II
  • SGT 200 Surgical Procedures I
  • SGT 201 Clinical Internship I
  • SGT 204 Surgical Procedures III
  • SGT 205 Clinical Internship III

All surgical technology students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all surgical technology and biology courses.

Additional requirements

Following acceptance to the program, students are required to have (at the student's expense):

  • A health assessment
  • Documentation of immunizations
  • A criminal background check and drug screening
  • CPR certification for health care providers (completed by end of second semester of the program)
  • Influenza vaccines (completed in the fall of first and second year)

Residency criteria

Chapter 112, Section 103-17, of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Health Career programs for students who live outside of LLCC District #526 vary per program based on space available and qualified applicant pools.