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Surgical Technology

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Offered as: Associate

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

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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
  • A 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

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.

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 their 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.

Kerstein Brode, Class of 2016, gained employment as a Certified Surgical Technologists at Mount Nittany Health System 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.

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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.

  • 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
National Certification Exam

Surgical Technology students are required to sit for their National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam prior to graduation. The Accreditation Review Council for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) currently has an established benchmark for pass rates. The Mount Aloysius College graduating classes have exceeded this benchmark for the past five years!

Graduate School Highlights

Mountie graduates have gone on to attend:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bucknell University
  • Catholic University
  • Dickinson School of Law
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne School of Law
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Princeton University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Cooley School of Law
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Sydney – Australia
  • Villanova University
  • West Virginia University – School of Dentistry
  • and others!
Program Accreditation Information

The Associates Degree is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).


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Job Placement: 80%
Credential Success: 100%


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Job Placement: 75%
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Job Placement: 80%
Credential Success: 66%


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Job Placement: 86%
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Job Placement: 57%
Credential Success: 50%


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!

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

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