Reading Hospital accepting scholarship applications for incoming Surgical Technology students

Reading Hospital has announced it will provide up to 10 full tuition scholarships for the incoming class of Surgical Technology students at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

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

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The student will be responsible to cover the program fees estimated at $2,500. In addition, the current class of four students were also provided a prorated two-year scholarship.

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

“Students in our Surgical Technology program participate in traditional classroom instruction, develop their clinical skills in our state-of-the-art simulation skills lab, and complete more than 900 hours of clinical practice during their enrollment at Reading Hospital,” said Debbie Rahn, EdD, MSN, RN, Director, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

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“Our graduates are prepared for their careers and for more than 10 years our students have had a 100 percent pass rate of the Surgical Technologist National Certification Exam.”

The Surgical Technology program is a cooperative degree program between Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences and Alvernia University. Upon completion of the 20-month program, students graduate with an Associate Degree in Science 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 sit for the Surgical Technologist National Certification Exam from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) upon completion of the program.

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

Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO added, “For more than 130 years the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences has been providing superior educational programs. Reading Hospital is proud to provide this unique scholarship opportunity to our incoming students who, in turn, will 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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