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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 100% graduate placement in 2015 and 2016
  • 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

Why study Surgical Technology at Mount Aloysius College?

The complexity, pace, and expectations of the modern operating room demand exposure to Surgical Technology training that is very near a “real-life scenario.” Patients rely on skilled surgeons and anesthesiologists, superb technology, specialized nurses, and surgical technologists whose skills support those of their medical partners in the OR.

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.

In the second year of study, Mount Aloysius students are introduced to clinical settings where they will assist surgeons in actual procedures. The laboratory component of training also occurs in the second year.

What do Surgical Technologists do?

Surgical Technologists handle instruments, supplies and equipment needed during surgical procedures. They understand the procedure being performed and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. These professionals possess the knowledge and skill to ensure quality patient care during operative procedures and remain vigilant on maintaining the sterile field.

Where will I work?

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

  • Operating room department
  • Outpatient surgery suites
  • Cardiac catheterization lab
  • Gastrointestinal lab
  • Emergency room department
  • Labor and delivery department
  • Dentist/oral surgeon’s offices
  • Private plastic surgery clinics
  • Private surgeon’s offices

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

The MAC Surgical Technology Program enjoys an excellent job placement rate.
According to the demand for Surgical Technologists is expected to rise 15% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 14,700 jobs.*

The average median wage for a surgical technologist in the state of Pennsylvania is $43,210.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Success Stories

Heather Picard, ‘16, gained employment as a Certified Surgical Technologists at Dubois Regional Medical Center immediately upon graduation.

Kaylie McMullen, ‘16, 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.

 

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Program Accreditation

The Surgical Technology program at Mount Aloysius College is nationally accredited by CAAHEP.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone: 727-210-2350

http://www.caahep.org

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 who 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 2017 – 100% pass rate
  • Academic Year 2016 – 100% pass rate
  • Academic Year 2015 – 86% pass rate
  • Academic Year 2014 – 91% pass rate
  • Academic Year 2013 – 82% 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

 

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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



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