Applied Health Studies: Surgical Technology Concentration (BAG)

(Effective Fall 2017)

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.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Surgical Technology Services is only for students selected into the Surgical Technology major and who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree while completing their surgical technology coursework. This bachelor's degree prepares future surgical technologists to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on in current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth. To graduate from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Surgical Technology, a student must present evidence that he or she is certified, licensed, or registered in his or her associate’s degree concentration where such credentialing is required to perform in the field.

Career Opportunities

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, outpatient 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 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.
Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Surgical Technology will be credentialed health care practitioners. This degree can offer opportunities to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, public health, research, medical equipment sales, education, and training. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for Master's level degrees in fields such as (but not limited to) Health Care Administration, Education, Business, or Pre-Medical Studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

While still in high school, students planning to enter the Surgical Technology major should prepare extensively in oral and written communication skills, take math and science courses every year (including at least Algebra II and one year of both biology and chemistry, with labs preferred), and take Anatomy and Physiology, if available. It is also recommended that the student "job shadow" in the operating room prior to enrollment if possible. Students who do not follow this plan can work with advisers at the College to develop an appropriate approach to study of the area. However, it is possible that more courses at the college level will need to be taken to help prepare the student for success as a Surgical Technology student.

Special Admissions Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Surgical Technology, a student must first be selected into the surgical technology major. Acceptance is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission and is explained under detailed special admissions information. 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. These admission requirements are not considered an irrevocable contract between the pre-major student and the College; the requirements are subject to change at the College's discretion.

Remediation Strategies

All developmental needs must be remediated prior to selection consideration for the Surgical Technology major.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students desiring transfer into these bachelor degree majors must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses.
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 must maintain a "C" or greater in all surgical technology program courses. These courses include all SGT courses, Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 115 & BIO 125) and Microbiology (BIO 201). If a "D" or lower is earned, the course must be repeated. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0  
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0  
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3.0  
MTR104 Basics of Medical Terminology 3.0  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0  
Second Semester Credits
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0  
HTH115 Pathology and Disease I 3.0  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0  
PSY111 General Psychology 3.0  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3.0  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3.0  
Third Semester Credits
BIO201 Microbiology 4.0  
HTH125 Pathology and Disease II 3.0  
SPC Speech Elective 3.0  
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3.0  
OEA Open Elective 3.0  
Fourth Semester Credits
SGT107 Application/Techniques of Surgical Asepsis and Instrumentation 4.0  
SGT110 Surgical Technology Practice I 1.0  
SGT112 Introduction to Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts 2.0  
ENL121 English Composition II 3.0  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0  
OEA Open Elective 3.0  
Summer Session Credits
SGT116 General Surgical Procedures 4.0  
SGT120 Surgical Technology Practice II 1.5  
SGT130 Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist 1.0  
Fifth Semester Credits
SGT206 Specialty Procedures I 4.0  
SGT211 Surgical Technology Practice III 3.5  
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0  
ART Art Elective 3.0  
Sixth Semester Credits
SGT210 Specialty Procedures II 4.0  
SGT221 Surgical Technology Practice IV 3.5  
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3.0  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3.0  
Summer Session Credits
SGT226 Professional Relations and Current Topics 2.0  
SGT230 Surgical Technology Practice V 4.0  
Seventh Semester Credits
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3.0  
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3.0  
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3.0  
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0  
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0  
ART Art Elective 3.0  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3.0  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3.0  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3.0  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0  
Eighth Semester Credits
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3.0  
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3.0  
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3.0  Writing Enriched Requirement
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0  
PPC Proven Professional Credential  

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