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CCAC’s Surgical Technologist program prepares graduates for rewarding careers in growing field

Program boasts consistent 100% job placement for graduates

surgical tech students in labPITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County’s Surgical Technologist Associate of Science Degree program is preparing students for rewarding careers in the growing field of surgical technology. Surgical technologists are vital members of the medical team who assist surgeons in the operating room while practicing the principles of asepsis, or the state of being free of living pathogenic microorganisms. The demand is high for skilled technologists, particularly in the Pittsburgh region where there are an increasing number of medical facilities and new technicians are needed to replace those who are retiring. In fact, graduates of CCAC’s program have enjoyed a 100% job placement rate since 2014. 

CCAC also offers a Surgical Technology Certificate program for individuals who may already have an associate degree but desire to make a career change. Graduates of the certificate program also have the opportunity to continue their education and to complete the coursework needed for an associate degree. Both programs include clinical experiences in a variety of surgical centers and hospitals, providing students with valuable hands-on experience in clinical settings. All graduates are eligible to take the National Surgical Technologist Certifying examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, which, upon passing, makes them eligible to work in any state. 

Breanna Black graduated from the program in 2019. As a member of the Open Heart Team at the Children’s Hospital Heart Institute in Pittsburgh, she assists surgeons as they operate on their young patients. Her job, although demanding, is extremely rewarding, and she credits CCAC with setting her on the path to a successful career. Having previously attended a four-year university, Black calls her time at CCAC “the best schooling experience” she ever had.  

“The Surgical Technologist program at CCAC has been a crucial part of my growing career, and it is where my professional relationships began,” said Black. “This program prepares you from the start in the importance of professionalism and the role you play as a member of the surgical team. The structure of the lessons and labs and the way they are taught aligns perfectly with the clinical rotations. I would recommend this program above others to anyone who is interested in this growing field!”   

Classes are enrolling now for CCAC’s spring 2021 Surgical Technologist program. At this time, the Surgical Tech 1 class in the spring semester will be face to face, and the Surgical Tech 2 class will be conducted remotely. The labs for each course will be in person. Pending the COVID–­­­19 situation, Surgical Tech 1 could also be moved to remote instruction. 

For more information, contact Assistant Professor and Program Director Susan Miller at To learn more about CCAC’s programs, visit Surgical Technologist Associate of Science Program or Surgical Technology Certificate Program