Conemaugh School of Surgical Technology Earns Reaccreditation

January 30, 2019

The Conemaugh Health System School of Surgical Technology has earned a continuing ten-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Accreditation is awarded based upon a peer review by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Conemaugh School of Surgical Technology has met national standards for the healthcare specialty set by CAAHEP, ARC/STSA, American College of Surgeons (ACS), and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).

“We are proud of our faculty, students, and all leadership and staff at Conemaugh who support our program and helped to earn this accreditation,” said James Ahacic, RN, MSN, Interim Director of Conemaugh’s Allied Health programs. “Preparing students for future careers while providing exceptional patient care is our goal.”

The Conemaugh School of Surgical Technology is a joint venture program with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Students earn credits toward a certificate in surgical technology and college credits to attain an associate or bachelor’s degree in health. The program also provides hands-on training with a required 1,035 clinical hours at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Graduates of Conemaugh’s program have had a 100% pass rate on the NBSTSA exam for 11 years in a row (2008 – 2018). The national average is approximately 70%.

Surgical technologists have a variety of employment opportunities including, but not limited to, operating room surgical technologist, employment in material management or sterile processing, medical salesperson, organ and tissue procurement technician, and research and product development assistant.

Conemaugh School of Surgical Technology will be accepting applications for the fall semester beginning on August 26, 2019. For application information, including eligibility requirements, visit www.conemaugh.org/SchoolofSurgTech or call Marlene Henry, Allied Health Secretary at (814) 534-5844, or Patricia Pavlikowski,,RN, CST, MA, CNOR,,Program Director for Surgical Technology, at (814) 534-9772.