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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

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


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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.

What do Surgical Technicians do?

Surgical Technologists 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 are 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:

  • 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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone: 727-210-2350

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 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


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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