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    Surgical Technology

    The Surgical Technology program at Lackawanna College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. The accreditation is upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). For details, visit or call (727) 210-2350.

    Degree Information

    Lackawanna College’s Surgical Technology Program is designed to be completed over a two-year period with day, evening, and Saturday courses as well as on- and off-campus clinical hours. Each program also includes summer session courses and clinical lab hours.

    Acceptance into Lackawanna College’s Surgical Technology Program is based on a selective admissions process with a maximum of 20 students selected annually.

    Surgical Technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room is safe, that equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under the conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, surgical procedures, and implementation of instruments and technologies to facilitate a surgeon’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

    Lackawanna College’s Surgical Technology Program combines classroom instruction with mock surgical procedures performed in our state of the art skills lab. This better prepares the student for real life clinical rotation experience, which is completed at local and regional hospitals during the student’s third and fourth semester.

    At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

    Surgical Technology courses are instructed in sequence. Based on instructor availability, these courses may be during the day, evening or on a weekend.  All clinical externships are conducted during the daytime hours.

    Career Fast Facts

    • Job opportunities and salaries in the healthcare specialty of surgical technology have been rising steadily over the last few years.
    • The US Department of Labor predicts employment of surgical technologists to grow 12% from 2016-2026, which is a faster than average growth.
    • The median annual wage for surgical technologists for 2017 is $46,310 with the highest 10% earning more than $67,000 annually.
    • Most surgical technologists are employed by hospitals and same day surgery centers. Other options for employment include offices of private physicians, Labor & Delivery, Endoscopy, tissue banks and tissue donor programs.  
    Program Goals

    Lackawanna College’s Surgical Technology Program’s primary mission is to prepare competent, entry-level surgical technologists using the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

    • Take the Surgical Technologist National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
    • Provide quality patient care in a professional, caring and ethical manner.
    • Strictly abide by the principles of asepsis.
    • Apply appropriate Surgical Technology protocols and procedures in various situations within the surgical environment.
    • Incorporate technical skills and knowledge to prepare surgical instrumentation and equipment for the delivery of complicated surgical procedures.
    • Integrate knowledge from classroom learning to discuss and demonstrate the scope of practice and role of the surgical technologist while practicing as a member of a surgical team.
    • Communicate clearly in the operating room environment to improve the overall outcome of the patient’s surgical experience.
    • Demonstrate aptitude and commitment to learning through professional development which provides the community with caring, highly-skilled professionals in the field of surgical technology.
    Program Objectives
    • To give students an understanding of the need for surgical intervention.
    • To develop an understanding of the role of a surgical technologist as a member of the surgical team.
    • To instruct students in the responsibilities in which the performance of this role entails.
    • To assist students in developing knowledge of the organizational structure of hospitals, the departments within and the operating room.
    • To develop a basic understanding of biological science as it relates to safe operating room procedures.
    • Facilitate the hands-on supervised experience in the operating room performing the duties of a surgical technologist.
    OAE-CST Pass Rate
    Annual reporting year 2018
    Academic year 2017
    OAE reported CST
    Number of students graduated (CST exam-eligible) 7
    Number of students taking CST exam 7
    Number of students who passed CST exam 4
    Percent of students who passed CST exam 57%


    Admissions criteria and requirements

    Prospective students must meet the college’s minimum requirements. Applicants must submit proof of high school or GED completion with official high school transcript or GED equivalent. Lackawanna College will determine the applicant’s current academic ability based on a combination of following:

    • SAT or ACT test scores, if applicable
      • Recommended SAT scores: 500 Verbal and 500 Math.
      • Recommended ACT scores: 20 or higher in each relevant section.
      • Most scores are valid up to 3 years from test date.
    • College Transfer Credits
      • If transferring credits from another college/university, official college transcripts are required.
    • Placement Test
      • Applicants without valid SAT/ACT scores and who have not previously earned college credits will be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam for determination of current academic ability. Applicants must achieve “College Ready” scores in Reading, Writing, and Math to be considered qualified for the Surgical Technology program.

    Due to the very specific nature of these degree programs, applicants with transfer credits may only transfer credits related to program core courses including the following:

    • Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 credits (if taken within two years)
    • Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 credits with lab (if taken within two years)
    • Biology – 4 credits with lab
    • College Algebra
    • Computer Applications
    • College Writing
    • Effective Speaking
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Medical Ethics (subject to review)
    • Medical Terminology (subject to review)
    • Microbiology – 4 credits with lab

    Items for official placement into program

    • $100 commitment fee
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official college transcripts
    • SAT/ACT scores, if applicable
    • FAFSA
    • CPR Certification
    • FBI Clearance
    • State Clearance
    • PA Child Abuse Clearance
    • 2 Step PPD
    • Recent Physical Examination
    • Copy of Immunization Records (Adult and Childhood)
      • Varicella Vaccination Date or positive Varicella titer
      • Hepatitis B vaccination (3 shots) or waiver
      • MMR documentation or MMR positive titers
      • Adult TDaP (after age 19)

    Interviews will be scheduled for qualified Surgical Technology program applicants who submit a fully completed application. A mandatory informational meeting will be required prior to start of the selected program.

    Qualified students will be notified of the date and time upon selection into program. The meeting will review the Surgical Technology department’s policies and expectations. The meeting will also allow for question and answer session and tour of the Lackawanna College facilities.


    Changes in the curriculum for this program have been approved by ARC/STSA and will be in effect for students beginning their studies in the Fall 2017 cohort.

    View the curriculum guide for students starting in the Fall 2018 semester (PDF)

    This degree program is offered exclusively at our Scranton campus.