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 the 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
- Peripheral vascular surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery
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.
Details for program consideration:
In order to be considered for this program, students must apply using application code PAHST22 and must meet the following requirements:
- Graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association, or earned a GED.
- High school or post-secondary college-level courses must include the following:
- At least four English units
- At least one biology unit
- At least one science unit with a lab
- At least two algebra units
- A high school transcript, with an official school stamp, or an official GED transcript is also required. High school transcripts must include both courses completed throughout your junior year, as well as courses in progress during your senior year (if applicable). If you attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
- Students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they register for classes. PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students with COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.
For additional information regarding admissions decisions, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.
The Surgical Technology Program is a full-time, day program with some online courses, in-person labs in Lancaster and clinical rotations in Philadelphia (year 2). Learn more about the curriculum by visiting the Surgical Technology page.
Why Choose Penn Medicine?
- Outstanding compensation and benefits, including a retirement contribution and 403(b) Matching Plan
- Generous tuition assistance and professional development programs
- Extensive learning opportunities that include advanced education
- Collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches that positively impact patient and family care
- Work-life balance programs
- Commuting incentives
Pennsylvania Hospital is in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia. The nation’s first hospital has been a leader in patient care, treatment techniques and medical research for over 260 years. Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond and offers a wide variety of clinical programs and services.
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