In partnership with the Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Immaculata's Health Care Sciences and Services Department offers a bachelor's degree program in allied health with a specialization in surgical technology. A surgical technologist is a member of the surgical team who possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique. Utilizing knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, surgical procedures and instrumentation, the technician assists in surgically performed invasive and diagnostic procedures.
To complete the program, students take two years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then apply for the 12-month Surgical Technology Diploma Program at Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The graduate surgical technologist of this CAAHEP and ARC-ST accredited program is eligible to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) by passing the national certifying examination.
Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow as the population ages and more surgical treatment is necessary. Employment opportunities are in areas such as hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and research facilities.
Surgical technologists can expect to earn an average salary of $38,000 per year. With additional professional experience and potential management assignments, they can earn as much as $45,000 per year.
For more information about this specialty, please e-mail Sister M. Carroll Isselmann or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3119..