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Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI) offers a comprehensive Surgical Technology training based on the guidelines of the Association of Surgical Technologist (AST) Core Curriculum. PCI’s expert instructors are Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) through the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA).

Students are taught in both classroom and hands-on laboratory (mock surgery) settings, with instruction on such crucial skill sets as critical thinking under pressure, case preparation and management, anticipation of surgeon’s needs, and anticipation of patient needs and safety, among others. The required clinical and externship provides students with supervised experiences in real-world surgical facilities.

Below are the case requirements that are completed while a Surgical Technology student is on their clinical and externship rotations:

Surgical Technology Student Outline:

A total of 120 cases including:

  • A minimum of thirty (30) cases in General Surgery.
    • Twenty (20) of those cases should be in the First Scrub Role (as defined on page 175 of the CCST6e).
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of ninety (90) cases in various surgical specialties.
    • Sixty (60) of those cases should be in the first scrub role and evenly, but not necessarily equally distributed between a minimum of four (4) surgical specialties.
  • Observation cases should be documented, but do not count towards the one hundred twenty (120) required cases.
  • Satisfactory completion of each course requires a minimum overall passing percentage of 70% (C).  Each proficiency contains the individual elements that the student is evaluated on and the defined passing criteria of at least 80% (B) per laboratory skill.
  • Additional requirements can be found in the Surgical Technology Student Handbook

Students who fulfill all program requirements will earn an Associates in Specialized Technology (AST) degree in as little as 70 weeks (18 months), enabling them to seek employment as entry-level Surgical Technologists.

Katie Hartman is Pittsburgh Career Institute’s Surgical Technology Program Director. She received her MBA from Grand Canyon University, her BS from Seton Hill, and her AST from Western School of Health and Business Careers.

AST Degree Concepts & Skills Taught

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Surgical pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical procedures and techniques
  • Aseptic technique
  • Surgical instrumentation
  • Organizing the surgical suite
  • Preparing and draping the patient’s skin
  • Application of surgical dressings
  • Clinical externship
  • Much more

Associates in Specialized Technology Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
    • Operating Room
    • Central Sterile Processing
  • Physicians Office
    • Private Scrub
  • Medical Equipment Sales
    • Orthopedic Implants
    • Pacemakers
    • Lasers
  • Organ Recovery
  • Surgery Centers
    • Operating Room
    • Central Sterile Processing
  • Eye Centers
    • Cataracts
  • Hair Clinics
    • Hair Transplantation

Download the Surgical Technology Program Handbook Here.

Download the Surgical Technology Fair Practices Form Here.


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The Surgical Technology degree program is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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