Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology Associate Degree

Prepare 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.

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
  • Genitourologic 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.


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 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
SUR 100Perioperative Services2
SUR 102Perioperative Pharmacology2
SUR 103Surgical Armamentarium2
SUR 104Perioperative Lab2
Sociology Elective3
Summer Semester 1Credits
SUR 110Intraoperative Patient Care4
SUR 111Intraoperative Lab1
Total Combined Credits37

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

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 185Microbiology3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
SUR 202Surgical Services Clinical I3
SUR 230Surgical Procedures and Pathophysiology I4
Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
SUR 211Surgical Services Clinical II4
SUR 212Professionalism in Surgical Technology1
SUR 240Surgical Procedures & Pathophysiology II4
SUR 299Certification Exam Review1
Summer Semester ICredits
SUR 221Surgical Services Clinical III3
Total Combined Credits65

Will I be successful?

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YearGraduationCertification ExaminationJob Placement RateContinuing Education
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateNumber Who Took ExamExam Participation RateNumber PassedPass RateGraduatesJobs within 6 monthsRateGraduatesContinuing Formal Ed.Rate

Not sure if this is the right program for you?

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.