Surgical Technology Program

ST Program Achieves 100% Certification Exam Pass Rate!

I have great news to share. Today we learned that the RHSHS ST Program graduates all passed their certification exam. This is an even more astonishing accomplishment because of all of the COVID-inspired hurdles that the faculty and students had to conquer over the past few weeks.

Make a difference as a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists are core members of the surgical team. Whether you are preparing a patient for surgery or passing the instruments to the surgeon during the surgical procedure, you will be where the action is.

The Surgical Technology Program will prepare you for your technical role as a surgical technologist while focusing on the human body, patient care, surgical specialties, and technology.

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Program Design

This program is designed to provide you with fundamental abilities required to assume your role in meeting the healthcare needs of the surgical patient. Learning strategies integrate knowledge and application of principles into practice. Individualized learning experiences are designed to promote professional and personal growth.

About the Program

This Surgical Technology Program is one of only a few programs nationwide in which you will earn a certificate in robotic surgery. Our faculty-to-student ratio is 1:5 in the skills laboratory, and there are a significant number of hands-on clinical hours which enable you to experience a large number and type of surgical procedures.

High-quality Education and Placement

Our program consistently surpasses the national benchmarks in categories measured by the national accreditor, including job placement, graduate and employer satisfaction rates, and national certification examination pass rates. The National Certification Examination Pass Rate for the Class of 2019 is 100 percent. In recognition of five years of achieving a 100 percent pass rate, the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting awarded the Surgical Technology Program its Certificate of Excellence in 2015.


The Surgical Technology Program is nationally accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Additional information regarding CAAHEP can be obtained by contacting the organization directly at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354:

University and College Affiliations

The Surgical Technology Program offers a 20-month dual enrollment program in collaboration with Alvernia University. With dual enrollment admission, students will be simultaneously enrolled in the hospital-based Surgical Technology Program offered at Reading Hospital school of Health Sciences and Alvernia University’s Associate of Science degree. Dual enrollment is structured to provide a seamless career mobility pathway while providing our graduates with the knowledge, skills and credentials to sit for national certification examination.

Surgical Technology Program Catalog [PDF]

Surgical Technology Brochure [PDF]

Explore a Career in Surgical Technology [PDF]

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