• Surgical Technology Program

    Why choose our Surgical Technology program?
    ARCSTSA logoThe Surgical Technology program educates students to become a vital part of the surgical team. Surgical technologists assist patients and members of the health care team before, during and after surgical procedures.  Prior to the surgery, they will prepare the operating room, making sure that it is clean and safe, and that the equipment is functioning properly. They will also assist in preparing the patient, for the surgical procedure.  During the surgical procedure, they will be responsible for handing the surgeon the appropriate instruments and supplies, as well as maintaining a strict sterile field. Once the surgery is complete, they place clean dressings on the wound and assist the team in transferring the patient to the recovery room.  Then they reset the operating room for the next procedure.  Because of the intensity of this position, it requires the ability to perform under high pressure, a stable temperament and attention to detail.

    Will I be successful?
    80% of our students pass their registry exams on their first attempt.


    Year Graduation Certification Examination Job Placement Rate Continuing Education
    Initial Enrollment Graduated Rate Number Who Took Exam Exam Participation Rate Number Passed Pass Rate Graduates Jobs within 6 months Rate Graduates Continuing Formal Ed. Rate
    2015-2016 15 8 53% 8 100% 8 100% 8 8 100% 8 1 13%
    2014-2015 8 4 50% 4 100% 4 100% 4 4 100% 4 1 25%
    2013-2014 12 9 75% 9 100% 9 100% 9 7 78% 9 1 11%
    2012-2013 12 9 75% 9 100% 9 100% 9 8 89% 9 0 0%
    2011-2012 15 12 80% 12 100% 11 92% 12 10 83% 12 2 17%
    2010-2011 10 7 70% 7 100% 7 100% 7 6 86% 7 2 29%
    2009-2010 11 10 91% 10 100% 6 60% 10 6 60% 10 0 0%
    2008-2009 16 11 69% 1 9% 1 100% 11 5 45% 11 2 18%
    2007-2008 6 4 67% 0 0% 0 n/a 4 4 100% 4 0 0%
    2006-2007 10 8 80% 1 13% 0 0% 8 8 100% 8 0 0%

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    What will I learn?
    While enrolled in this program, you will be exposed to a wide variety of surgical specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, urology, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgeries, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, peripheral vascular surgery, endoscopy and cardiothoracic surgery. Students will participate in at least 120 procedures to meet graduation requirements. Students act as either a First Scrub (performing nearly all the functions of a surgical technologist) or Second Scrub (participating in the case but not at the full level of a First Scrub) during these 120 cases.

    Through education in the classroom, and supervised clinical and lab training, you will possess the expertise required to assume an entry-level position in a variety of surgical settings. With small class sizes, you will be given individualized advising from our staff of highly-educated health care and surgical professionals.  Each member of our surgical technology staff is a certified surgical technologist with a substantial amount of operating room experience.  Near the end of the program, you will be able to take the certification exam prior to graduation, providing you with the ability to begin work as a certified surgical technologist.  Job opportunities could include working in the operating room in a hospital or outpatient facility, delivery rooms, dentists’ office or many other options.  

    What is the job outlook?
    For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.

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    What are the admission requirements?
    Applicants for the associate degree must meet the general admission requirements.  Applicants who have earned an associate or bachelor's degree, or have completed a two-year, secondary allied health program, are eligible for the diploma program. Prior to entering the diploma program, the following college level courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II.


    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

    Program Accreditation
    This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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