Penn College surgical technology program earns merit award from national board

October 06, 2015

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving at least a 90 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST credential is required for employment as a surgical technologist within many health care organizations.

Penn College offers an associate degree in surgical technology, which can be continued to a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: surgical technology concentration. The bachelor's degree courses are available online.

The college’s five-year pass rate for first-time test takers of the Certified Surgical Technologist exam exceeds the national average.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, formerly the LCC-ST, was established in 1974 as the certifying agency for surgical technologists.

To learn more about the surgical technology program at Penn College, call 570-327-4519 or visit For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, visit, email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Last Updated October 06, 2015