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Admission Criteria

Please note, as a limited enrollment program candidates will receive email notification during Holiday Break, of acceptance as not all candidates are selected for acceptance. 


The Surgical Technology program is highly selective with limited enrollment. The program’s maximum enrollment capacity is 16 students per cohort.
Students should first designate Surgical Technology as their intended field of study. Next, they complete one full-time semester (at least 12 credit hours), with a minimum overall 2.0-grade point average, including Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (BIOL 220/BIOL 220L) with a “C” or better. *Note: Completion of the full-time semester and/or completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (BIOL 220/BIOL 220L) with a “C” or better, could have been done at another institution, providing credits successfully transferred & fulfilled the requirements of BSC and the Surgical Technology Program. Also, the student may be fulfilling these requirements in the current semester, immediately preceding their spring program start. The third step is to apply to the program by Nov. 15 prior to the spring semester start and participate in an interview, prior to program acceptance. Again, if the student is currently enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (BIOL 220/BIOL 220L) and completing the requirement of one full-time semester of college coursework, they are eligible to apply to the program.

Surgical Technology Admissions Criteria

Apply to BSC

To be eligible to apply for the Surgical Technology Program you must apply to Bismarck State College.
  • Apply as "Pre-Surgical Technology" or as "non-degree seeking."
  • Check Campus Connection to ensure all your "To Do List" items have been completed. Students cannot be admitted to the program if they are not admitted to BSC due to an incomplete Admission file.
Complete the Application for the Surgical Technology Program
Complete the Application for the Surgical Technology Program. 
Upon Acceptance into both BSC and the Surgical Technology Program
Program information and the Surgical Technology Program Handbook will be shared with students on the first day of class in SRGT 130, during the spring semester.

Additional Requirements

Students can take note of the following list of requirements here, to begin planning for upcoming expenses. Please do not begin any of the following, with the exception of the Hepatitis B Vaccine Series and American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS-Healthcare Provider) CPR valid through the end of May of the Clinical Internship (SRGT 280), until further instructed by program faculty. 
These requirements do not need to be met until the start of the fall semester, immediately preceding the Clinical Internship (SRGT 280)

Due to the length of time the Hepatitis B Vaccination series requires for administration, you can begin to obtain those vaccines right away (if you do not already have them). *You may obtain your HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR certification at any time, but it must remain valid through the end of the Clinical Internship.
  1. CastleBranch Compliance Tracker (at the student’s expense) 
    • Includes Background/Exclusions Checks, Immunization Tracking, & 12-Pannel Drug Screen
  2. myClinicalExchange Compliance Tracker (at the student’s expense)
  3. American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS-Healthcare Provider) CPR valid through the end of May of the Clinical Internship (SRGT 280).
  4. Registration on the North Dakota Board of Nursing’s Unlicensed Assistive Personnel Registry (at student’s expense)
    • Includes obtaining fingerprints for completion of an additional Background/Exclusions Check (at the student’s expense). All background check results will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the clinical sites & the NDBON, who have the right of refusal for any student for either placement in clinical or obtaining registration on the UAP Registry.
  5. List of Immunizations:
    1. Measles, Mumps and Rubella: immunization/immunity by documentation of two doses of (MMR) measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or positive blood titer for measles, mumps, and rubella. Negative titers require a booster.
    2. Tuberculin Testing: negative 2-Step TB or QuantiFERON-TB blood test. The two-step test consists of (x 2) TB skin tests done AND READ within 1-3 weeks of each other.  Students who are positive reactors must have verification of a negative chest X-ray. 
    3. Hepatitis B: the completed series of three Hepatitis B vaccinations or positive antibody blood titer. Negative titers require a booster. 
    4. Varicella (Chicken Pox): evidence of a Varicella vaccine (x 2) or a positive blood titer. Negative titers require a booster.
    5. Influenza: the yearly influenza vaccine or apply for and receive a facility-approved exemption.
    6. Covid-19: the Covid-19 vaccine or apply for and receive a clinical facility-approved exemption.
Note *Due to the time requirements for obtaining the Hepatitis B vaccination series (3 separate injections, with the 2nd dose being 1 mo. after the 1st dose and the 3rd dose being 5 months after the second) program applicants should start obtaining the series immediately (if they have yet to complete it.)
Complete the Interview Process with Surgical Technology Program Director
Complete the Interview Process with Surgical Technology Program Faculty

An interview will be scheduled after November 15 and prior to Holiday Break, once all applications are received and reviewed.

Following a successful application and interview process, students will be offered placement into the program by email over Holiday Break.

Helpful Links

The following links provide additional information for the Surgical Technology Program.
The application deadline for SPRING start is November 15.

BSC Bookstore
BSC Tuition & Fees


For additional information or questions contact Surgical Technology Program Director: Trudy Riehl, CST, FAST (Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists at 701-224-5756 or