Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology

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

Program Details

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
  • Genitourologic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

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

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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.

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

Prior to the student’s first semester, a child abuse clearance and criminal history background check must be completed:

  • Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Background Check

The following items are required for each academic clinical program:

  • V-Neck Top (2 items are recommended)
  • Drawstring Pants (2 items are recommended)
  • White all leather sneakers

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

All program applicants must meet general admission requirements.

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Tuition & Fees

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Course Delivery

Course Delivery

This course is offered both
online and in-person.

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First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree


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.

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Meet the Faculty

Lauren Haldeman

Lauren M. Haldeman, BA, CST

Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Technology

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