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.

Surgical Technology Program

Program Design

This program is designed to provide you with the fundamental abilities required to assume your role in meeting the healthcare needs of the surgical patient. Learning strategies integrate knowledge and the 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 2020 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 Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (

CAAHEP is located at 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775. 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 the national certification examination.

View our Catalog for more information view our catalog. Surgical Technology Program Catalog [PDF]

COVID-19 Program Statement: The Surgical Technology Program continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community. The program faculty and director remain committed to exploring various options for the fall semester with the primary goal of students learning in a safe and responsible manner. Student safety and well-being are at the center of all decisions. To that end, we are aligning our plan and decisions with recommendations from health authorities. 

Explore a Career in Surgical Technology

If you're considering a career in surgical technology and would like an up-close look at what surgical technologists do daily, consider the Explore a Career in Surgical Technology Program. The shadow experience is designed to allow prospective students an opportunity to learn firsthand what a day in the life of a surgical technologist is like, as well as gain a realistic understanding of the role of surgical technologists within the Reading HealthPlex surgical environment.

COVID Vaccination Requirement for Shadowing Experiences

Effective August 1, 2021 individuals who request a shadowing experience are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the experience. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after a second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

We are currently processing Explorer applications for our December 2021 shadow experience.

Explore a Career in Surgical Technology

ST Explorer - Application/Essay Online Form

Please contact the Admissions Office at 484-628-0100 or 484-628-0109 to set up a personal admissions appointment or to learn more about the program and events we offer.