Surgical Technologist

17 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 gain employment as an entry-level surgical technologist and become a contributing member of the healthcare team. This will be accomplished by preparing competent graduates in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. The program prepares the student to work in a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or outpatient medical facility.

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 curriculum exceeds the criteria set forth in the current CAAHEP Standards and guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.


Course Outline

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