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Surgical Technologist

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

Program Overview

The Surgical Technologist program is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career as a surgical technologist and become a vital member of the healthcare team. The program prepares the student to work in a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or outpatient medical facility.

The Surgical Technologist training 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 surgeries.

The program concludes with an externship to a hospital or ambulatory center to provide hands-on working experience. The curriculum exceeds the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology.


Course Outline

  • Medical Term and Anatomy I
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Business Communications
  • Medical Term and Anatomy II
  • English Composition
  • Math for Healthcare
  • Human Behavior
  • Surgical Procedures I Lab
  • Surgical Procedures I
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Techs
  • Surgical Procedures II
  • Surgical Procedures II Lab
  • Career Development
  • Surgical Procedures III
  • Surgical Procedures III Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Procedures IV Lab
  • Surgical Procedures IV
  • CST Review
  • Surgical Technologist Externship

Certification Opportunities

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The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org, 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, www.arcst.org. The program is currently in good standing. All students must sit for the Certified Surgical Technician (CST) exam prior to graduation. Obtaining CST certification is not mandatory 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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