Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

A surgical technologist education prepares you to serve in an intense health care environment as a vital part of a lifesaving surgical team.

Surgical technologists assist surgical teams throughout every step of an operation. In the surgical technology program at PA College, you’ll learn alongside certified technologists with years of operating room experience to hone your skills for this high-intensity career.

With surgical technologist classes, you’ll get access to a variety of advanced technology that makes simulation learning as close to real clinical situations as it can be. By graduation, you’ll have performed at least 120 surgical procedures in real-life settings. This exposure prepares students to take the certification exam that will allow them to begin their career as a certified surgical technologist.

This program exposes students to a wide variety of surgical specialties in the acute care setting that may include:

  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Genitourinary surgery
  • General surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Cardiothoracic surgery


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Applicants who meet general admissions requirements may also apply for our certificate program.

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.


Our surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. See more accreditation information.

Surgical Technology Curriculum

First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 37

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101College Studies Seminar3
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 100Quantitative Reasoning and Skills3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
SOC XXXSociology Elective3
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
SUR 100Perioperative Services2
SUR 102Perioperative Pharmacology2
SUR 103Surgical Armamentarium2
SUR 115Perioperative Services Lab3
Total Combined Credits33

Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 28

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 185Microbiology3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
SUR 110Intraoperative Patient Care4
SUR 230Surgical Procedures and Pathophysiology I4
SUR 215Perioperative Services Clinical I & Lab4
SUR 212Professionalism in Surgical Technology1
Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
PSY 100Psychology3
SUR 225Perioperative Services Clinical II6
SUR 240Surgical Procedures & Pathophysiology II4
SUR 299Certification Exam Review1
Total Combined Credits65

Will I be successful?

At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Function as a competent entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Apply principles of liberal arts and sciences to the care of the perioperative client.
  • Prepare the intraoperative environment with attention to quality and cost effectiveness.
  • Respect the ethical, legal, moral and cultural issues that impact the care of the perioperative client.
  • Formulate a plan for personal and professional growth.
    Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong knowledge and skill enhancement.
  • Utilize effective communication skills and interactions with patients, members of the surgical team and other health care practitioners.
  • Function as an integral member of the surgical team by performing perioperative technical skills in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Meet Your Faculty

Lauren Haldeman

Lauren M. Haldeman, BA, CST

Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Technology

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