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Surgical Technologist

Associate Degree Program (362P) and Credit Certificate Program (322P)- Harrisburg
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Graduates are eligible to sit for the (voluntary not mandatory) National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination.

About the career

Preparing the Sterile Field  (pdf)

Admission Criteria, Essential Qualifications and Shadow Form (pdf) (rev 6/13)
Policies Affecting Program Admission

Fall 2014 clinical application is completed ON-LINE using Survey Monkey  (deadline May 15)

Required courses  (pdf) rev 5/12

Estimated Expenses (both programs) (pdf) 11/13
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ (pdf) rev. 4/12/11

Program Effectiveness Data
Five year program completion rate -  76%
Program performance on national CST exam - 94% (100% in 2012, 2013)
Job placement (within one year) - 91%

Selective program. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will be admitted as a pre-surgical technology student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program.

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The surgical technology certificate program is offered as a 49-credit certificate program, with the awarding of a certificate upon successful completion of the program. The surgical technology degree program is offered as a 74-credit program, with the awarding of an associate in science degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. Both complete programs are offered at the Harrisburg campus. Some required courses offered at other campuses and sites. Students are required to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) examination prior to graduation.  Graduation is not dependent upon passing the NBSTSA exam. Certification provides evidence to employers, colleagues in the field and the general public that certified surgical technologists and first assistants meet national standards. Certification is often a condition of employment, a route to higher pay and a source of nationwide recognition.

The difference between the Associate vs the Certificate is that credit wise- there are no general education credits with the certificate. At this time it seems that employers do not recognize the difference and there is no difference in pay. The national organization is supporting/encouraging the associate level of preparation.

Surgical Technology Program Contacts
If you have questions, contact Health Careers:
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988

Surgical Tech Program Office:
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall 106
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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