Reading Hospital is accepting applications for scholarships for new Surgical Technology students

Reading Hospital has announced that it will be offering up to 10 full scholarships to the new class of surgical technology students at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

If selected for the scholarship, students will be asked to commit to three years of surgical technology employment at Reading Hospital. Accepted students will receive a scholarship of approximately $17,800 to cover program tuition.

The student will be responsible for covering the program fees estimated at $2,500. Additionally, the current class of four students also received a pro-rated two-year scholarship.

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who provide direct patient care during surgery. They work side-by-side with surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesia care providers, and other members of multidisciplinary health care teams to provide quality patient care in the operating room.

“Students in our Surgical Technology program participate in traditional classroom teaching, develop their clinical skills in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and complete over 900 hours of clinical practice while enrolled at Reading Hospital,” said Debbie Rahn, EdD, MSN, RN, director of the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

“Our graduates are prepared for their careers and for over 10 years our students have had a 100% pass rate on the National Surgical Technologist Certification Examination.”

The Surgical Technology program is a cooperative degree program between Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences and Alvernia University. At the end of the 20-month program, students earn an Associate of Science degree and a Diploma in Surgical Technology.

Students also earn Da Vinci Robotic certification during the program. Graduates of the Surgical Technology program are eligible to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Surgical Technologist Certification Examination upon completion of the program.

The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program was established in 1969 and has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 1997.

Charles F. Barbera, MD, President and CEO of Reading Hospital added: “For over 130 years, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences has provided top quality educational programs. Reading Hospital is proud to offer this unique scholarship opportunity to our incoming students who will in turn become our colleagues at the hospital to help fulfill our mission of providing high quality healthcare to our communities .

To apply, visit or call 484-628-0100.

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Christine E. Phillips