Physical Requirements

Students entering the surgical technology curriculum must be able to demonstrate the following physical standards:

 1.         Strength and Flexibility – Student must:

  • Be able to stand, bend, and stoop, and/or sit within a confined area for prolonged periods of time, up to 6 to 8 hours.
  • Be able to function without nourishment or medication for a period of time extending to 6 to 8 hours.
  • Be able to lift, move, position and manipulate a patient who is unconscious; may be required to independently lift 25 pounds.

 2.          Manual Dexterity - Student must:

  • Demonstrate threading a needle with either hand, manipulate instruments, supplies, and equipment with speed, dexterity, and good eye-hand coordination.
  • Be able to move/ambulate around without assistive devices.
  • Be able to reach heights of at least 6 feet 10 inches, with a minimum physical height requirement of 5 feet.

 3.          Vision – Student must:

  • Be able to read small print on medications from a 1 foot distance.
  • Demonstrate sufficient visual ability to thread a needle with a thread that may be smaller than a human hair with or without corrective lenses while wearing safety glasses.
  • Demonstrate sufficient peripheral vision to anticipate and function while in the sterile surgical environment.
  • Be able to consistently identify and communicate colors used in color-coding.

 4.          Hearing – Student must:

  • Hear and understand muffled communication without visualization of the communicator’s mouth/lips within 20 feet.
  • Hear activation/warning signals on equipment.

 5.          Other Standards – Student must:

  • Have the ability to remain alert and conscious at all times.
  • Have the ability to reach or extend across the operating table.
  • Have the ability to smell.
  • Have the ability to adapt to temperature variations.