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Offered as: Associate

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Why Study Surgical Technology at Mount Aloysius College?

The College boasts two on-campus mock operating rooms where students practice operating room techniques prior to attending the clinical component of the Program.  Once in the clinical setting, students work hand in hand with area surgeons assisting in actual procedures. Both the lab and clinical components occur during the student’s second year of the two-year program.

At MAC, you will have the opportunity to learn from top-notch professors who bring theory and practical applications to the classroom and lab settings.  The Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology is comprised of liberal arts, sciences, and Surgical Technology curriculum connected to the Mercy Tradition.

Program Highlights

  • 100% graduate placement in 2015 and 2016
  • 30+ year history of graduating competent, qualified Surgical Technologists
  • 6:1 student to instructor ratio in the lab setting
  • CAAHEP accredited Program
  • Top Ten Surgical Tech Program in Pennsylvania
  • Superior labs and state-of-the-art mock operating rooms on campus

From My Point of View

“The Department of Surgical Technology prepared me and gave me the best hands on experience I could ever ask for. This program is not easy, but it is worth it! I love my job and am thankful for my education.” – Brooke Sciranko, ’15

What Does A Surgical Technologist Do?

The Surgical Technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They have an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. They have the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.

Where will I work?

The MAC Surgical Technology Program enjoys an excellent job placement rate.  Employment opportunities include:

  • The Operating Room Department
  • Out Patient Surgery Suites
  • The Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • The Gastrointestinal Lab
  • The Emergency Room Department
  • The Labor and Delivery Department
  • Dentist/Oral Surgeon’s Offices
  • Private Plastic Surgery Clinics
  • Private Surgeon’s offices

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The MAC Surgical Technology Program enjoys an excellent job placement rate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current Mean annual salary for a Surgical Technologist is $45,940 or $22.09 per hour.

Recent Success Stories

Heather Picard, Class of 2016, gained employment as a Certified Surgical Technologists at Dubois Regional Medical Center immediately upon graduation.

Kaylie McMullen, Class of 2016, gained employment as a Certified Surgical Technologist at an Oral Surgeon’s office in the Altoona Area.

Who will teach me?

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.

Dig Deeper!

Clinical Sites

Each Surgical Technology student completes a minimum of 120 surgical cases in the operative setting at area hospitals during their second year of the Program.

National Certification Exam

Mount Aloysius College Surgical Technology students are eligible to sit for the National Surgical Technologist Certification Exam. This exam is offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Graduates whom take and pass the certification exam are certified and authorized to use the initials CST to designate their status as a Certified Surgical Technologists. The National Mean pass rate is 68%. The Mount Aloysius College graduating classes have exceeded this benchmark for the past five years!

Mount Aloysius College National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam Pass Rate:
Academic Year 2015 – 86% pass rate
Academic Year 2014 – 91% pass rate
Academic Year 2013 – 82% pass rate
Academic Year 2012 – 89% pass rate
Academic Year 2012 – 86% pass rate

Graduate Employment

Just a few of the Employers that have hired Mount Aloysius College Surgical Technology Graduates:

  • Tyrone Hospital
  • Dubois Regional Medical Center
  • Conemaugh Hospital
  • UPMC Presbyterian
  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC East
  • Somerset Hospital
  • Windber Medical Center
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Lewistown Hospital
  • Indiana Regional Medical Center
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Advanced Center for Surgery
  • Susquehanna Health


Program Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350


What’s the next step?

  • Request Information (top of this page!)
  • Schedule a visit and see the campus
  • Apply to become a Mountie!


Meet Our Department!

Photo of Amanda Minor, B.S., C.S.T.
Amanda Minor, B.S., C.S.T.
Instructor of Surgical Technology/ Program Director

Photo of people in scrubs during surgery.