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Surgical Technology

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.

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What to Expect

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 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 9% from 2018-2028, which is faster than average growth.
  • The median annual wage for surgical technologists for 2019 is $48,300 with the highest 10% earning more than $71,400 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:

  • Combine knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors and apply them to the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors to provide quality patient care.
  • Utilize the principles and practice of strict aseptic technique.
  • Apply appropriate surgical techniques in various situations within the surgical environment while maximizing patient safety.
  • Apply technical skills and knowledge to prepare surgical instrumentation, equipment, and supplies for use during surgical procedures.
  • Provide a safe, efficient, and supportive environment for the peri-operative patient.
  • Provide patient-centered care through collaboration with the patient, the surgeon, and the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing education through professional development to provide the community with competent, highly-skilled professionals in the field of surgical technology.

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Associate in Science in Surgical Technology at Lackawanna College

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

OAE-CST (Outcomes Assessment Exam-National Certified Surgical Technology) Exam Pass Rate
Annual Reporting Year2019
No graduating cohort for 2019 reporting year. No CST results to publish.

Academic Year2019
Annual Reporting Year2020
Number of students graduated (CST exam-eligible)7
Number of students taking CST exam7
Number of students who passed CST exam7
OAE reportedCST
Percent of students who passed CST exam100%

Academic Year2020
Annual Reporting Year2021
Number of students graduated (CST exam-eligible)6
Number of students taking CST exam6
Number of students who passed CST exam3
OAE reportedCST
Percent of students who passed CST exam50%

Academic Year2021
Annual Reporting Year2022
Number of students graduated (CST exam-eligible)6
Number of students taking CST exam6
Number of students who passed CST exam5
OAE reportedCST
Percent of students who passed CST exam83%
Admissions Criteria and Requirements

Acceptance into Lackawanna College’s Surgical Technology Program is based on a selective admissions process with a maximum of 20 students selected annually. The admissions selection process is based on the following criteria and requirements: An Application to Lackawanna College along with a separate application to the Surgical Technology program.Links for application forms are available below.

Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews. Following the interview process, applicants will receive a letter with a final determination of acceptance, wait-listed or denied status. Items needed to complete the application process/packet are as follows and are further explained below on this page:

Please note: Lackawanna College is a veteran-friendly institution and veterans (as documented on the Lackawanna College Application) will be awarded five (5) additional points on their admissions rubric for the Surgical Technology Program.

Must meet the minimum requirements of the college

Prospective students must meet the minimum requirements of the college. Applicants must submit proof of high school or GED completion with an official high school transcript or GED equivalent. Lackawanna College will determine the applicant’s current academic ability based on a combination of the 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 for up to 3 years from the 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 the program

  • $100 commitment fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts
  • SAT/ACT scores, if applicable
  • 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 a positive Varicella titer, Hepatitis B vaccination (3 shots) or waiver, MMR documentation or MMR positive titers and Adult TDaP (after age 19).

Interview, Writing Sample and Essay

Interviews will be scheduled for qualified Surgical Technology program applicants who meet minimum/admission requirements and who submit a fully completed application packet. The interview will be held with core faculty members of the program. These applicants will be required to create a writing sample on “How Can I Make a Difference as an Allied Health Professional” and provide said writing sample at the scheduled interview. The writing sample should be a 1-page Word type document, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, normal margins. In addition to the writing sample, an essay on Effective Strategies for Good Communication and Teamwork in the Operating Room and how it can affect patient safety will be written during the scheduled interview.

A mandatory informational meeting will be required prior to the start of the selected program. Qualified students will be notified of the date and time upon selection into the program. The meeting will review the Surgical Technology department’s policies and expectations. The meeting will also allow for a question and answer session and a tour of the Lackawanna College facilities.


Changes in the curriculum for this program have been approved by ARC/STSA.

Download our Curriculum Guide (PDF)


Mary Lou Dotzel, CST A.A.S. BS-AHM
Director of the Surgical Technology Program
(570) 955-1457

Amanda Rakowski, A.A.S., CST
Clinical Coordinator of the Surgical Technology Program
(570) 961-6105


The Surgical Technology program at Lackawanna College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. 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.

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