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Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist

The Surgical Technologist is an essential surgical team member. We prepare and organize the operating room equipment, surgical instruments and sterile supplies. ST's become a "third hand" to surgeons by assisting at the surgical field. The best surgical technologists are detail-oriented and have excellent dexterity.

Check out our Surgical Technology Video!

The HACC Surgical Technology program is accredited and meets Pennsylvania's Education Requirement (pdf) for Surgical Technologists. Our students meet National Standards making them eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.  Although many schools offer similar degree options, not all schools are accredited.


COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities


Job Outlook

Surgical technologists work in hospitals, physician offices, outpatient and same- day surgery centers. Our program leads straight into an occupation.


The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment will grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.

Education advancement opportunities are available to you. HACC partners with University of Phoenix. You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Management in as little as 13 months. Pursuing a leadership degree will prepare graduates for management, education or administrative careers.

Franklin, Shippensburg and Immaculata University offer advancement options in healthcare management as well.

Contact Information

Program Director: Emily Simms 717-221-1321
Admissions Counselor: 800-222-4222 -
Financial Aid: 800-222-4222
General Advising Appointments: 717-780-2498
Program Specific Advising Appointments: Schedule via Navigate here
Helpful Advising Information: ST Advising Video

About The Program

Applied Science Degree, Surgical Technology

  • 63 credit A.A.S that combines clinical and didactic coursework
  • CST Certification/ National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
    • complete exam before graduation
    • graduation is not dependent upon passing the NBSTSA exam.
    • provides evidence to employers, colleagues and the general public you meet national standards.
    • often a condition of employment, a route to higher pay and a source of nationwide recognition
  • Program Estimated Expenses


Program Goals for Students
  • Apply critical thinking skills pertinent to the practice of surgical technology (cognitive domain).
  • Perform during complex surgical procedures, appropriate for their educational sequence (psychomotor domain).
  • Exhibit professionalism consistent with HACC and employer standards (affective domain).
  • Become certified surgical technologists (CST)


Required Courses
  • Download Required Courses
  • Prerequisite courses offered at other campuses and on-line
  • Surgical Technology courses only offered at Harrisburg
  • Clinical externships completed throughout our service area


How to Apply

Use the online application to apply for admission to HACC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student H number and email.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for student loans.

HACC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the college. This does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the ST program. Your advisor will assist you with your first semester course selection.

After completing your first semester at HACC, sign up via Navigate here to schedule a 1 hour advising appointment with PD, Emily Simms.

Program Application
  • Every Fall Semester- application window opens
  • Must attend ST Information session held in the Fall
  • Held on Harrisburg Campus and Zoom
  • Preregistration (RSVP) required
  • email
  • include your name, HACCID, phone number and email address
  • Zoom link will be emailed to your HACC Hawkmail email ONE day before the zoom session from Megan Tracy,, Health Careers Administrative Specialist.
  • Check back for 2023 information session dates.
  • Application is online using Survey Monkey.  The application will be open Sept. 1 – Nov. 3, 2023.Check back Sept. 1, 2023 for the link.
  • Must have met with Ms. Simms and attended Information Session for program eligibility.

Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (2024) - Criteria for successful completion of curriculum and graduation. (2023 Admission Criteria)



The HACC Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 – 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775  727-210-2350.

  • 5 Year Pass Rate on the NBSTSA Certified Surgical Technology Exam (CST)
    • 82.4 % (2018-2022)
    • Data includes June 2022 50% pass rate on 2 student cohort
  • 5 Year Job Placement
    • 96. 4 % (2018-2022)
  • 2020: 100% completion, 92% CST Exam pass rate
  • 2021: No graduating cohort due to COVID
  • 2022: October
    • 100% completion, 70% CST Exam pass rate
    • Original cohort class of 2021
  • 2022: June
    • 100% completion, 50% CST Exam pass rate
    • Two student cohort (COVID impact on cohort selection)

Where can I get more information?
Surgical Tech Program Office

HACC Harrisburg Campus Blocker Hall, Room 101
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110 717-221-1392