The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, in conjunction with Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Surgical Technology Program, offers a unique certificate program with an associate degree.
Pitt-Johnstown's 75-credit associate degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to develop both written and verbal communication skills, utilize critical and creative thinking skills, acquire organizational, leadership and administrative skills, as well as solve ethical dilemmas in real-world situations.
A liberal arts component has been built into the program to allow for the development of a well-rounded graduate. Students are required to choose three electives - either two social sciences and one humanities, or two humanities and one social science - outside of the Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Division.
The program's final three terms focus on the progressive role development covering operating room techniques and clinical practice. The clinical phase of the program includes 12 hours of orientation, 315 hours of classroom instruction in operating room techniques and pharmacology, and 1,035 hours of supervised clinical practicum.