Mount Aloysius Surgical Technology Again Earns National Recognition

Posted on: October 11, 2017

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Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College has once again received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the latest group of graduates from the program.  Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.  The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for Surgical Technologists in the nation.  The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley noted that the complexity, pace, and expectations of the modern operating room demand exposure to Surgical Technology training that is detailed and very realistic.  “Health care providers and their patients rely on surgical technologists whose skills support those of their fellow medical professionals in the operating room,” said Foley.  “Mount Aloysius students studying surgical technology benefit from extremely realistic simulators used extensively in their first year.  Our clinical partners tell us that exposure to this level of simulation really sets these students apart when they reach the clinical setting during their second year in our Surgical Technology program.  This excellent pass rate once again reflects student commitment and focused faculty guidance.  We’re very proud of their accomplishment.”

Ms. Amanda Minor, BSCST, chairperson of the College’s Surgical Technology Department noted that the renovation of Pierce Hall — soon to be rededicated as the Learning Center for Health and Science Technology —will further enhance the College’s Surgical Technology learning area, as well as modernizing and expanding learning space for all Mount Aloysius health sciences.  “When completed in Fall of 2018,” added Ms. Minor, “The Learning Center for Health and Science Technology will contain nearly 27,000 square feet of renovated space and add nearly 20,000 square feet of new space for students studying health sciences at Mount Aloysius College.”

Mount Aloysius College educates Surgical Technologists using realistic operating room simulators located on campus.  Surgical Technology students become familiar with operating room procedures and expectations well before joining other professionals performing surgical cases in actual clinical settings.

The Surgical Technology program at Mount Aloysius College is nationally accredited the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  The Surgical Technology Department faculty/professors at Mount Aloysius College have a combined total of more than 55 years of clinical and teaching experience in the field.  The Mount Aloysius Surgical Technology Program enjoys an excellent job placement rate.  The demand for Surgical Technologists is expected to rise 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 14,700 jobs according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The average median wage for a surgical technologist in the state of Pennsylvania is $43,210.

Mount Aloysius College was recently named one of 100 Best Value College’s in the US.  They also are a College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and three separate academic areas of — Business, Education and Nursing — have also earned the College of Distinction status. Mount Aloysius was named one of four colleges deemed “an engine of opportunity” in a White House Report.  Their Nursing Division is ranked sixth in Pennsylvania for NCLEX pass rates among nursing programs that test more than 85 students annually.

For more information about Mount Aloysius College, contact the College at mtaloy.edu or call their Admissions Office at (888) 823-2220.

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