The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies: Surgical Technology Concentration is only for current Penn College students selected into the Surgical Technology major (or graduates of that major) who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree. This bachelor's degree prepares future surgical technologists to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth. The curriculum focuses on supervising and managing employees, planning, solving problems, evaluating health care delivery methods and systems, exploring new sectors of health care and enhancing one’s personal and professional growth.

To graduate from this major, a student must either present evidence of U.S. credentialing as a Surgical Technologist (CST) or show evidence of the associate’s degree in Surgical Technology being successfully completed.

Career Opportunities

This degree offers opportunities within disciplines or health care systems to expand clinical roles or seek positions in management, administration, government, public health, research, medical equipment sales, health-related education, business, and related training. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for master’s level programs in fields such as health care administration, education, business, or pre-medical studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

Please see information provided for the Surgical Technology major.

Special Admissions Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies: Surgical Technology Concentration, a student must first be selected into or graduate from the Penn College associate’s degree in Surgical Technology major. Upon selection into the associate’s degree, students can declare a dual degree in Applied Health Studies.

Special Equipment Needs

Students must have access to a computer with consistent Internet access. Technical requirements are as follows:

  • Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 5 or higher) processor (recommended)
  • 4+ GB RAM (recommended) · 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended)
  • Webcam and microphone required
  • Internet Connection (cable or DSL highly recommended)
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)
  • *Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited
P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning and Teaching Online) is Penn College's implementation of Desire2Learn/Brightspace LMS. It is a Web-based course management system that allows instructors to post course materials online, facilitate course communication, gauge student progress, and extend learning beyond the classroom. P.L.A.T.O. is fully supported by Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari browsers.

Remediation Strategies

Please see information provided for the Surgical Technology major.

Transfer Procedures

Please see information provided for the Surgical Technology major.

Students transferring from other Surgical Technology programs can enter through the Applied Health Studies (BAH) curriculum.

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 the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

Students dually enrolled in Surgical Technology must meet the performance standards established by that major. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. The School of Nursing & Health Sciences grading scale is used for all HTH courses. There is no rounding of grades.

A = 90.00-100.00
B = 80.00-89.99
C = 75.00-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3.0   S MNA
MTR104 Basics of Medical Terminology 3.0 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 15.0
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0 3 3 S REQ
HTH115 Pathology and Disease I 3.0 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3.0 3 S REQ
or
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3.0 3 S REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3.0   S HIP
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO201 Microbiology 4.0 3 3 S REQ
HTH125 Pathology and Disease II 3.0 3 M REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3.0   S MMM
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 13.0
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SGT107 Application/Techniques of Surgical Asepsis and Instrumentation 4.0 3 3 M REQ
SGT110 Surgical Technology Practice I 1.0 M REQ
SGT112 Introduction to Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts 2.0 2 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3.0 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 13.0
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SGT116 General Surgical Procedures 4.0 3 3 M REQ
SGT120 Surgical Technology Practice II 1.5 M REQ
SGT130 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 1.0 1 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6.5
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SGT206 Specialty Procedures I 4.0 3 3 M REQ
SGT211 Surgical Technology Practice III 3.5 M REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3.0   S SPC
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3.0   S ARP
TOTAL CREDITS 13.5
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SGT210 Specialty Procedures II 4.0 3 3 M REQ
SGT221 Surgical Technology Practice IV 3.5 M REQ
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 13.5
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SGT226 Professional Relations and Current Topics 2.0 2 M REQ
SGT230 Surgical Technology Practice V 4.0 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6.0
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3.0 3 M REQ
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3.0 3 M REQ
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3.0   M HTD
OEE Exploration Electives 3.0   S OEE
PPC Proven Professional Credential or Associate's Degree   M PPC
TOTAL CREDITS 12.0
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3.0   M HTD
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3.0 3 M REQ
HTH382 Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine 3.0 3 M REQ
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 12.0