Surgical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Surgical Technology student

About this program

At Penn College, futures are made by hand. Thinking critically and solving problems, our students learn by doing. As a surgical technologist in training, you’ll gain valuable real-world experience beyond anything you can find in a textbook. You'll have 200+ hours of hands-on practice in state-of-the-art labs, with access to a wide array of specialty instrumentation and 750+ hours in O.R. clinical placements. As a surgical technology graduate, you'll become an integral part of an O.R. team, providing care to patients before, during, and after surgery.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. This major has special radiation exposure monitoring requirements.


Hired BEFORE Graduation


Average Class Size


Growth Expected in this High-Demand Occupation through 2028


  • Surgical technologist in:
    • Hospital
    • Same-day surgical center
    • Private physician office
  • Surgical supply or equipment sales representative
  • Pursue further education to become a Surgical First Assistant

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Application/Techniques of Surgical Asepsis and Instrumentation (SGT107)
  • Surgical Technology Practice I (SGT110)
  • Introduction to Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts (SGT112)
  • Pathology and Disease I (HTH115)
  • General Surgical Procedures (SGT116)
  • Surgical Technology Practice II (SGT120)
  • Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist (SGT130)
  • Specialty Procedures I (SGT206)
  • Surgical Technology Practice III (SGT211)
  • Pathology and Disease II (HTH125)
  • Specialty Procedures II (SGT210)
  • Surgical Technology Practice IV (SGT221)
  • Professional Relations and Current Topics (SGT226)
  • Surgical Technology Practice V (SGT230)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Basics of Medical Terminology (MTR104)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • General Psychology (PSY111) or
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)

Modern, Fully Equipped Lab

Perfect your skills in mock operatories, including a dedicated laparoscopic mock operatory and labs with a wide array of general and specialty instrumentation.

Student Experience

"I had the opportunity to go to class and learn procedures, then transition to lab and practice them. This prepared me for clinical where I was in charge of my own field and sterile technique. Having mock operating rooms to set up my cases beforehand better prepared me for the true operating room."

Rachel Carlson

Surgical Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Evangelical Community Hospital
Mount Nittany Medical Center
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Society of Student Surgical Technologists (SSST)

The Student Society of Surgical Technologists is an organization that enjoys helping the community and the College through fundraising and service projects.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Simulated medical cases guide students toward real-life care

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

With 750 hours of experience in the clinical setting, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running upon graduation. In fact, with facility permission, you can complete your last clinical experience at the location where you wish to seek employment. The final semester in the program offers online coursework, giving you the flexibility to live and work in the location of your choice.

Dual Degree

Take two

Applied Health Studies

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in surgical technology are eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: surgical technology concentration. Students may work with their adviser to declare this major as dual degree, taking both surgical technology courses and applied health courses simultaneously. Proof of the appropriate credential will be required to be eligible for graduation in the applied health studies major.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Surgical Technology students along with others from a variety of majors at Penn College joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center. 

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The Penn College Surgical Technology major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.

More Information

The Penn College Surgical Technology major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.

CST Exam Pass Rate
The National Certified Surgical Technologist’s (CST) 5-year pass rate chart compares the pass rate of Penn College first-time test takers (now required for graduation) to the national average. Read more

2014 Revised Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 6th Edition Surgical Rotation Case Requirements

Core surgical courses begin in the spring; fall enrollees will take other required courses for the first semester. Academic performance in the previous semesters will determine final acceptance into the Surgical Technology major. Minimum academic requirements include a 2.0 math/science GPA, 2.0 graduation GPA, and a 2.0 GPA in those courses required by the Surgical Technology major. The math/science GPA is calculated using the following courses: MTH 124 or higher, BIO 115, BIO 125, and BIO 201. If applicable, corresponding transfer courses will be applied toward the math/science and graduation GPA calculations. In December, qualified students will be ranked for possible selection into the major according to their math/science and graduation GPAs. For more, see the detailed special admissions information.

Students must maintain a "C" or greater in all major courses. These courses include all SGT courses, Pathology and Disease I/II (HTH 115/HTH 125), Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 115 & BIO 125) and Microbiology (BIO 201). If a "D" or lower is earned, the course must be repeated.

Child abuse clearance, drug tests and criminal background checks are required by agencies involved in clinical experiences. Agencies can and will bar students from their sites for infractions. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, drug testing is required for admission and students will be subject to drug testing during the program. Inability to gain clinical experiences results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. Inability to meet program objectives and outcomes will result in not being able to graduate. For additional clarification, students should speak to the program director or the dean of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Graduates of the SG major will be eligible to transfer into the College's Applied Health Studies or the Applied Management bachelor’s degree major. In-program students can enter the Applied Health Studies major with permission of the program director and Applied Health Studies department head before graduation.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Students accepted into the Surgical Technology major will incur expenses for uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

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Program Review Executive Summary: Surgical Technology

Students must meet Essential Functions for the Surgical Technologists established by the Surgical Technology Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements.

Radiation Exposure Monitoring
Students enrolling in the surgical technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology will enter a medical field with routine use of actual radiation. Students will be required to wear a radiation dosimeter badge to monitor the exposure to radiation.

  • Mr. Mark Allred, Nurse Educator, Geisinger Medical Center
  • Mr. Zebadiah Avery, General Superintendent, Dohl General Construction
  • Ms. Jaime Binkley, CST, '12, Surgical Technologist, Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Dr. Scott D Croll, Surgeon, Susquehanna Physician Services
  • Mr. Gary J Gower, CST, CSFA, '86, Surgical Technologist, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Michael Harer, '17, Surgical Technologist, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Dr. Timothy W Judge, General Surgeon, Susquehanna Physician Services
  • Ms. Jessica A McKenzie
  • Ms. Stephanie M Pophal, '12, Direct Support Professional, Community Services Group
  • Ms. Cindy Stahl, CST, '91, Surgical Technologist, Susquehanna Health
  • Ms. Rebecca Winters, Nurse Educator, Geisinger Medical Center

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111