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Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology Program includes courses in aseptic technique, operative procedures, patient care, anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, medical/legal aspects, and related general education to help the student fulfill his/her role as an important, knowledgeable member of the surgical team, as an entry-level surgical technologist.

For a complete list of technical standards, program required forms, and admission procedures please go to the Health and Human Service department page.

For the certification exam pass rate %, please view the "Student and Career Resources" tab below.

Program Options

AAS Degree-Gen Tech-Surgical Technology

The Associate in Applied Science, major in General Technology degree program allows students to select coursework to become multi-skilled technicians. The degree contains a general education component. The required core includes a primary technical specialty of at least 21 credit hours from a single content area. The secondary technical specialty consists of at least 12 semester hours from a program currently offered by the College. The other hours required for graduation allow for a third technical specialty or enhance the primary and secondary technical specialty areas.

Each applicant must:

• Provide proof of high school diploma or GED.

• Achieve qualifying scores on the College’s placement tests.

• Minimum COMPASS Test Scores: 70/Writing, 81/Reading, 54/Pre-Algebra/Math

• Minimum Surgical Technology program GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at York Technical College
that can be applied towards the Surgical Technology program.

• Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:

• Physical Assessment

• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available
you must have titers for each(Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must
have been received within the past 10 years.)

• Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student
does not have the vaccine.)

• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required

• Physician’s evaluation

• Provide evidence of current immunizations.

• Provide own transportation to clinical sites.

• Provide uniforms, shoes, and lab jackets which are necessary for proper hospital attire.

• Provide proof of personal health insurance as well as current malpractice insurance for
clinical practice.

• Pay a non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 upon acceptance into the program.

• Must meet technical standards for program admission.

Clinical facilities require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in
clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be required to have a drug screen at any time during
their rotation. Students accepted to the program must be eligible to attend clinical at all facilities. Results of
background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To
be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students
not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program.

Useful Links

Program Standards for Surgical Technology (PDF)
Department Page



CERTIFICATION EXAM
  • The ARC/STSA threshold for participation is 100%
  • The ARC/STSA threshold for pass rate is 70% 

    Annual Reporting Year

    Academic Year

    # Graduates

    # Who took exam% Who took exam# Who passed exam% Who passed exam
    2020

    8/1/2018-

    7/31/2019

    18 18 100% 13 72.2%
    2019

    8/1/2017-

    7/31/18

    11 11 100% 6 54.5%
    2018 8/1/2016-7/31/17 19 19 100% 12 63.2%
    2017 8/1/2015-7/31/16 14 14 100% 9 64.3%
    2016 8/1/2014-7/31/2015 18 18 100% 16 88.9%
    20158/1/2013-7/31/141818 100% 12 66.7% 

DAS (Diploma) Surgical Technology

The Diploma in Applied Science major in Surgical Technology program prepares graduates for entry-level careers. Job options include in hospitals, clinics, or doctor's offices. Opportunities are also available to work as veterinary assistants, oral-surgery assistants, or in instrument sales. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks and drug screenings. The program combines classroom and clinical rotations. Graduates are prepared to take the certification exam (CST) offered by the The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 and online at www.caahep.org.

Each applicant must:

• Provide proof of high school diploma or GED.

• Achieve qualifying scores on the College’s placement tests.

• Minimum COMPASS Test Scores: 70/Writing, 81/Reading, 54/Pre-Algebra/Math

• Minimum Surgical Technology program GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Surgical Technology program.

• Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:

• Physical Assessment

• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available

you must have titers for each(Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required

• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10 years.)

• Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)

• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required

• Physician’s evaluation

• Provide evidence of current immunizations.

• Provide own transportation to clinical sites.

• Provide uniforms, shoes, and lab jackets which are necessary for proper hospital attire.

• Provide proof of personal health insurance as well as current malpractice insurance for clinical practice.

• Pay a non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 upon acceptance into the program.

• Must meet technical standards for program admission.


Clinical facilities require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Students accepted to the program must be eligible to attend clinical at all facilities. Results of background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program.

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