Surgical Technology is an occupation that demands attention to detail and procedures. Surgical technologists provide care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery, and act as an integral part of the surgical team during surgery. Penn College's Surgical Technology major prepares the graduate to take the national certification exam in surgical technology, to enter the workforce, and to continue education.
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.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
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, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.
While demand for surgical technologists varies among communities, the forecast for employment in the surgical technology area is one of rapid growth. Surgical technologists routinely find employment in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, out-patient care centers, central processing, and physician offices where surgery is performed, including dental/oral surgery. A majority of surgical technologists work primarily in surgical suites and physician offices. Evening, night, weekend, holidays, and on-call rotations can be expected in some settings; otherwise the surgical technologist follows a standard hospital workday. Most often, the surgical technologist functions as a member of the sterile surgical team and is qualified to work in central processing and/or in a supporting roles within the operating room. In some settings, a surgical technologist can be expected to help see to the needs of the patient pre- and post-operatively.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for surgical technologists was $47,300 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $69,170.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||77,390||$23.33||$48,530|
|Outpatient Care Centers||12,350||$25.00||$52,000|
|Offices of Physicians||11,300||$23.43||$48,730|
|Offices of Dentists||3,840||$22.09||$45,950|
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals||1,690||$26.49||$55,110|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Special Admissions 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.
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.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students accepted into the Surgical Technology major will incur expenses for uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.
Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Student Society of Surgical Technologists
Notice of Conviction
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 health sciences.
Surgical Technology Advisory Committee
- 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
- Ms. Susanne Cress, RN, CNOR, BSPA
- Dr. Scott D Croll, Surgeon, Susquehanna Physician Services
- David Evans, Ph.D., Professor, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Mr. Gary J Gower, CST, CSFA, '86, Surgical Technologist, Susquehanna Health
- Mr. Michael Harer, '17, Surgical Technologist, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Charissa J Hunt, Susquehanna Health
- Dr. Timothy W Judge, General Surgeon, Susquehanna Physician Services
- Ms. Kelishia M Landfair
- Ms. Danette Resciniti
- Ms. Cindy Stahl, CST, '91, Surgical Technologist, Susquehanna Health
- Ms. Rebecca Winters, Nurse Educator, Geisinger Medical Center
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.