Surgical Technologist

17 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree
Surgical Technologist Training School in Erie PA

Program Overview

The Surgical Technologist program will provide the student with an understanding of various surgical procedures necessary to anticipate the needs of the operating room team members. Students will learn to apply the principles of sterilization, disinfection, and aseptic and sterile techniques in preparation and use of all supplies and equipment. This knowledge will be demonstrated by the ability to position patients and to prepare instrumentation, equipment, and supplies appropriate for surgical intervention. The program concludes with an externship to a hospital or ambulatory center to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.

Course Outline

  • Career Success Strategies
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Pathology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Surgical Procedures I
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Math for Healthcare Professionals
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Technology
  • Surgical Procedures II
  • Surgical Procedures II Lab
  • Patient Interaction
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Surgical Procedures III
  • Surgical Procedures III Lab
  • Human Behavior for Healthcare Professionals
  • Microbiology for Surgical Technologists
  • CST Certification Review
  • Business Communication
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Surgical Technology Externship I
  • Surgical Technology Externship II

Certification Opportunities

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350,, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #210, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262, This accreditation status allows the graduate to take the certification examination to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). Certification is voluntary and is not a requirement for graduation or employment in Pennsylvania.

Surgical Technologist Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Surgical Technologist Program

  • UPMC Hamot, Erie PA
  • Grove City Medical Center, Grove City PA
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
  • Meadville Medical Center, Meadville PA
  • Saint Vincent Surgery Center, Erie PA
  • Euclid Hospital - The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Euclid OH
  • Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk VA
  • UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh PA
  • Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford PA
  • Olean General Hospital, Olean NY
  • Pine Grove Ambulatory Surgery Center, Russell PA
  • VCU Health Systems, Inc., Richmond, VA
  • Anderson Mercy Hospital, Cincinnati OH

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Job Placement Assistance

All graduates get personalized job placement assistance from one of our dedicated Employment Specialists. They'll help you find employment (locally or anywhere in the U.S.) after you graduate and even help you years later should you need it.

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Hands-On Education

A big part of your education here will consist of hands-on training. You'll learn to use equipment used by professionals as well as work in labs that are similar to what you'll find in the field.

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Great Lakes has been educating residents of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We've trained thousands of students and have helped them begin exciting, lifelong careers in their field of study.


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