Surgical Technology | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Find your career in a clinic or the operating room as a surgical technologist.

Earn a degree in surgical technology

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings such as medical offices, out-patient clinics, and the operating room. 

What Will I Learn?

As a surgical technologist, you implement safe practice techniques in regards to perioperative routines, patient transportation, positioning, and emergency procedures.  You will learn to accurately apply knowledge and skills of a professional surgical technologist to address the biopsychosocial needs of the surgical patient. The objective of this program is to prepare entry-level surgical technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Our new Surgical Technology program is conveniently located at our New Kensington Center where there is free parking and renovated rooms with up-to-date technology. The New Kensington Center also has designated study areas and a lounge where you can work while you wait for your next class. 


The Surgical Technology program at Westmoreland County Community College has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (  This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

How to Apply

View the Surgical Technology program in the College Catalog

View the Surgical Technology Checklist

Complete and submit a Health Professions Programs Application 

Follow these links for guidance on how to prepare for the PAX exam:


*Students may be exposed to communicable diseases, unpleasant sights, and odors.  The student should be aware that they will be participating in real surgical interventions during clinical rotations and there is a risk of being exposed to airborne or blood borne pathogens.  Not all patients are aware of an illness or disease that they may have, nor are they required to disclose health information according to HIPPA.  While we prepare the student for an entry -level position as a certified surgical technologist, the risk of contracting a disease or illness is understood to be  a hazard of the profession, but the safety of the student in the learning environment is a priority for the faculty and instructors.