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Surgical technology alum, Alexis Ashby, shares her passion, experiences, and even some advice for future surgical technologist on the Penn College Blog.
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 500+ 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.
This accredited program meets Pennsylvania’s education requirement for surgical technologists.
Cohort size may vary based on clinical site availability and alignment with accreditation requirements. Students who are not selected into their desired program may be eligible for selection into another NHS program depending on seat availability. For additional information, please contact the appropriate program director.
Individuals considering applying to this program should be aware that the COVID-19 vaccination may be required to participate in clinical experiences. Although some sites allow medical exemptions, the program cannot guarantee placement for students who do not comply with vaccination requirements. For the most up-to-date information about our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements, please contact the program office.
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.
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.
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.
Considering surgical technology? Here’s your chance to get answers to the most commonly asked questions about entering this field of study. In this video, you’ll meet our program director and clinical director and hear their answers to questions like, “What are good traits for a surgical technologist?” and “How much do surgical technologists make?”
In just 60 seconds you'll be immersed in the Introduction to Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts class, gaining insight into what it's like to be a Surgical Technology major.
Perfect your skills in mock operatories, including a dedicated laparoscopic mock operatory and labs with a wide array of general and specialty instrumentation.
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The Student Society of Surgical Technologists is an organization that enjoys helping the community and the College through fundraising and service projects.
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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.
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. Students currently enrolled in the surgical technology program may work with their advisor to declare this major as dual degree, taking both surgical technology courses and applied health courses simultaneously. Proof of the appropriate credential or associate degree in surgical technology will be required to be eligible for graduation in the applied health studies major.
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.
The Penn College Surgical Technology major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (www.arcstsa.org); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, (727) 210-2350.
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