If you pay close attention to details, enjoy being part of a team, have strong technical skills and possess solid communication skills, consider a career as a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists play a vital role in the operating room! Hear what our alumni and faculty think about our Surgical Technology Program by watching this video.
All students interested in this program must begin in the Pre-Health Professions Program. Then, students may apply for admission into this program once they meet the requirements to apply. Students will discuss these admission requirements as part of their advising process.
We can lay the foundation for an enriching career that allows you to play a vital role in caring for others. When you graduate with your Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in surgical technology, you are qualified to enter the healthcare field as a surgical technologist working in:
This could be the ideal program if you:
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Our program offers you the opportunity to gain clinical experience in a supervised environment so that you can develop the surgical skills you need. You will learn how to help care for patients in the operating room and become a key member of a surgical team. You will apply theoretical knowledge when you care for patients undergoing surgery.
Throughout our program, you will develop skills to:
Upon graduating from our program, you will be prepared to:
In addition, our students are eligible to take the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist prior to graduation. It is a graduation requirement to take the exam. We are proud to say that we have had a 100-percent pass rate on the exam for the last five years. In order to get a job in the state of Pennsylvania, you must pass the NBSTSA certification.
Our Surgical Technology Program is selective, which means there are entrance requirements that go beyond the requirements for your standard application. We encourage you to visit the health careers section of our website or email us for more information about these entrance requirements.
Before you can begin the clinical portion of the program, you need to complete the following components at your own expense:
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is based upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.
Yes! Although our Surgical Technology Program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, transfer opportunities are available if you wish to further your education. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible as this will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements. This will allow you to take the proper courses at HACC.
We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.
Classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply anytime by visiting our website.
When applying to this program, you must enroll in the non-clinical component of the program first. Please make sure to include program code 3646 on your application. This program-specific code ensures that you have applied to the correct one.