Penn Highlands Teams Up with Most Aloysius College’s Surgical Technology Program | News

Watercress – Mount Aloysius College and Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois, recently announced a new opportunity to pursue a career in surgical technology, offering incoming students up to $44,000 in funding for education, hiring incentives and guaranteed employment at any Penn Highlands Healthcare hospital.

The two-year program will include a mix of online and in-person classes at Penn Highlands DuBois.

Mount Aloysius College will provide a $14,000 scholarship to all new surgical technology students in the DuBois-based program. Students are also eligible for up to $15,000 in educational funding from Penn Highlands Healthcare when enrolled, and up to $15,000 in signing bonuses when hired at Penn Highlands Healthcare.

“Our mission is to meet the needs of our community with quality education programs. Penn Highlands Healthcare has expressed a need for surgical technologists, and through this collaboration, we will provide students with an exceptional education at very little cost,” said John McKeegan, President of Mount Aloysius College.

“We are excited to create a career path with Mount Aloysius College to create new educational opportunities and incentives for students seeking careers in surgical technology,” said Heather Franci, MBHA, BSN, RN , Chief Nursing Officer for Penn Highlands Healthcare and Director of Service Line. for heart center, lung center, brain and spine and oncology departments. “Together, our partnership will support the education and training of students and provide them with a smooth transition as they provide care to our patients and communities. »

Penn Highlands Healthcare was officially formed on September 30, 2011 and comprises seven hospitals – Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois, Penn Highlands Elk, Penn Highlands Huntingdon, Penn Highlands Mon Valley and Penn Highlands Tyrone which have served communities in the region for over 100 years. Its business continuum also includes home care agencies, long-term care facilities and senior residences.

Penn Highlands Healthcare has grown into an organization with more than 6,100 workers at more than 150 sites in 39 counties in northwest, central, and southwest Pennsylvania, which include community medical buildings, ambulatory care facilities , surgery centers and medical offices. Providing exceptional quality care to the region, it has 740 physicians and 374 advanced practice providers on staff. The facilities have a total of 1,200 inpatient, skilled nursing and personal care beds. The system offers a wide range of care and treatment with specialist units that support cancer, cardiovascular/thoracic, neurosurgery, pulmonology, neonatology and high-risk pregnancy patients.

Dating back to 1853, Mount Aloysius College is a private, non-profit institution located in Cresson. Mount Aloysius offers more than 70 majors and programs and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. The college offers 16 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s athletic programs.

This initiative is available to students beginning their surgical technologist training in the fall of 2022. For more details, visit or call (814) 886-6383.

Christine E. Phillips