Quote from pixie-dust37
I hope I have not offended anyone by using this message board, but the AST board is not working right now, and I noticed that alot of CST's post here. So, my question is: Does anyone know about how long the wait list is for a Surgical Tech. program in Dallas, Texas at El Centro College? or anywhere else for that matter. Here they only accept 12 students per year, so I'm thinking it may be just as difficult to get into as the LVN program. If anyone has any info, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
I graduated from the surg tech program at EL Centro very recently. There is no waiting list for surg tech. They are really allowed to take 20-25 students each year, but have limited the number due to budget cuts and a limited staff.The program has not reached maximum in many years, but it is getting more popular.
A few of my classmates and I were taking prereq's right up to the summer before classes started. It is the least competitive of all the EL Centro programs. 8 of the people in my class came into Surg Tech after the deadline because the programs they wanted had filled up.
If you are really interested, talk to the program director and she will help you out.
FYI, I would strongly suggest that you ONLY attend a school that is CAAHEP acredited and specifically approved by AST and the Liason Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist to train scrub techs.
There are a few schools in DFW that say their graduates are "certified", but those folks CANNOT take the AST exam which gives them the right to use the title CST.
This has happened to a few friends of mine (who by the way are great techs).
If you want more info PM me...