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Surgical Technology Academic Certificate

Work in an intense environment as a vital part of a lifesaving surgical team. Surgical technologists assist members of the health care team before, during and after surgical procedures.

About

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.

In the surgical technology program, you’ll train in a wide variety of surgical specialties. 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

You’ll learn alongside certified technologists with years of operating room experience. Upon 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.

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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.

Use the horizontal scroll bar below the table to view the full chart. The following data encapsulates both Certificate and Associate level degrees.

YearGraduationCertification ExaminationJob Placement RateContinuing Education
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateNumber Who Took ExamExam Participation RateNumber PassedPass RateGraduatesJobs within 6 monthsRateGraduatesContinuing Formal Ed.Rate
2019-202022100%2100%2100%22100%20
2018-2019151173%11100%982%1111100%
2017-201814964%9100%9100%99100%900%
2016-201712975%9100%778%9889%900%
2015-201615853%8100%8100%88100%8113%
2014-20158450%4100%4100%44100%4125%
2013-201412975%9100%9100%9778%9111%

Requirements

Applicants for the surgical technology certificate must meet general admission requirements.

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

Curriculum

These classes must be completed prior to the First Year Spring SemesterCredits
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
Total6

First Year

Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Elective3
SUR 100Perioperative Services2
SUR 102Perioperative Pharmacology2
SUR 103Surgical Armamentarium2
SUR 115Perioperative Services Lab3
Total16

Second Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 185Microbiology3
SUR 110Intraoperative Patient Care4
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
SUR 215Perioperative Services Clinical I & Lab4
SUR 230Surgical Procedures and Pathophysiology I4
SUR 212Professionalism in Surgical Technology1
Total17
Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
PSY 100Psychology3
SUR 225Perioperative Services Clinical II6
SUR 240Surgical Procedures and Pathophysiology II4
SUR 299Certification Exam Review1
Total15
Total Combined Credits48

Meet Your Faculty

Lauren Haldeman

Lauren M. Haldeman, BA, CST

Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Technology

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