Frequently Asked Questions – Petition Process Associate Degree Surgical Technology (10-512-1)
After completing admissions, students are provisionally accepted to the Surgical Technology Program. That means students start in “pre-core” status where they take general education classes and complete other requirements. (MPTC does review and accept transfer credits from other colleges that may meet certain petition criteria.) Once specific courses, grades and other requirements are met, a “pre-core” student is eligible to petition to start core courses.
What is the “Petition Process”?
Students who meet all requirements submit an online petition form and supporting documentation. It is designed to “declare” a student is ready to progress to the core/clinical courses.
The petition process is competitive based on academic strength and additional criteria. Review the Petition Scoring Rubric for an outline of requirements and the points scale.
Please note that submitting a petition packet does NOT guarantee a spot in the core program. This is a competitive process. It provides an equal opportunity for eligible students to declare they are ready to transition to core coursework.
How do students know that they are ready to petition?
In addition to meeting the petition process requirements, students will want to determine when the timing is best for them to begin the rigor of the core Surgical Technology courses. Planning is essential. If the student needs additional assistance with making this decision, the Surgical Technology Academic Advisor, Ronaldo Cordeiro is available to help at 920-924-6376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should students petition?
The petition process is held once a year so students should plan carefully. Students decide when they are prepared to begin the core courses based on completion of petition requirements and what is best for them. The petition process opens each March to students who want be accepted for the upcoming fall core Surgical Technology courses.
Where is additional information available about the process?
In addition to the scoring rubric, newly accepted Surgical Technology program students receive a full orientation on the program and process.
See Surgical Technology Petition Form webpage for upcoming petition dates.
If students have further questions, they may contact the Surgical Technology Academic Advisor, Ronaldo Cordeiro at email@example.com.
Are students able to defer starting the core Surgical Technology courses?
Only students that are prepared to begin the core Surgical Technology courses should petition. If a student is selected to start core Surgical Technology courses and chooses not to begin, his/her petition will be voided. A new petition form would need to be submitted to begin in the following year.
How will students be selected?
Upon verification that all petition requirements have been met, petitioners will be evaluated on the criteria listed in the rubric. This includes:
- academic strength
- district of residency
- additional course requirement completion
What does it mean to be selected as an alternate?
Each year there is a limited number of core/clinical openings. The petition process is competitive and not everyone who petitions is selected. A few additional students will be identified as program alternates. Alternates are on “stand-by‟ mode and are prepared to begin core courses should an opening become available. As there is no way of knowing if or when a core Surgical Technology program opening will become available, alternates have the important task of being prepared up until the time of semester start to begin core Surgical Technology courses. Alternates will always want to work closely with their advisor for academic planning.
How will students be notified whether or not they are selected?
Notifications are sent to ALL petitioners to alert them of their status. They will receive an email via their MPTC student email account within 30 days of the petition close date.
Are there additional requirements needed once students are selected?
Yes! Selected students, including alternates, must attend a mandatory, in-person Surgical Technology Core Information Session prior to the start of classes. Specific dates and times will be made available on the notification email sent to students by the Surgical Technology Program Associate Dean. Students must meet health requirements, have current TB tests, current CPR, and acceptable criminal background checks in order to start core classes.